Fairview pupils poster finalists in DOT contest

AUBURN – The Maine Department of Transportation has announced that fourth-graders from Fairview School have been named one of the seven finalists in the MaineDOT fifth annual Backseat Driver Contest, winning $200 for their class.

The students from Marie Dostie’s class will go on to the finals to compete for the $1,000 grand prize.

The MaineDOT is asking the public to visit www.mainebackseatdriver.com to vote for their favorite poster out of the seven regional finalists. The design with the most votes will win the $1,000. Voting began on March 21 and will end on midnight Friday, March 25.

The contest, held in support of Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 3 to 9, asked fourth-graders across the state to design a poster that will encourage adults to drive more carefully in work zones.

On April 4 at 10 a.m. there will be a press conference to kick off the beginning of Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. The winner, along with his/her teacher and classmates, will unveil the new poster and receive the $1,000 class prize.

The program includes fourth-grade curricula designed to raise awareness about work zone safety. Through this program, students can learn about Maine’s roads, traffic signs and work zone safety.

The finalists were chosen from more than 500 entries and were judged on originality, clarity and effectiveness of message. The winning design will be posted at turnpike rest areas, information centers and at the MaineDOT offices in Augusta.

Others finalists are Ella P. Burr Elementary in Lincoln, Zippel Elementary in Presque Isle, Lincoln School in Augusta, Loranger Middle School in Old Orchard Beach, Dike-Newell School in Bath and St. Joseph’s School in Portland.

For contest details, visit mainebackseatdriver.com.

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