Metra's Safety Poster and Essay Contest
For the last 14 years, Metra asked the region's students to illustrate through posters or essays the importance of safe behaviors near railroad tracks and rail crossings. The theme for the 2019-2020 school year: “Obey the Signs" emphasized the importance of looking for and obeying signs and control devices that are installed along the railroad tracks and at rail crossings.
The contest was open to all students in grades K through 12 living or attending school in Metra’s six-county service area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will.
In 2018 alone, 819 people were injured, and 271 people lost their lives in the U.S. in collisions at railroad crossings, according to statistics compiled by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). In Illinois, 26 people died in 2018 when they were struck by trains while trespassing on railroad property and 17 people died in 2018 when they were struck by trains at a highway-rail crossing. Each one of these incidents was completely preventable. That's why Metra feels it's so important to reach out and educate people, especially our children, about how to be smart and stay safe around the railroad tracks and rail crossings found throughout our region.
The Safety Poster Contest is a key part of these ongoing efforts to increase public awareness. Through the contest, we're asking students to take on an advocacy role and create an image that clearly communicates the importance of safety near the tracks. One first-, second- and third-place winner was selected from each grade, K through 12. First place winners were awarded an iPad, second place winners were awarded a $250 gift card, and third place winners were awarded a $100 gift card.
The winning designs can be found below and will be featured in Metra’s 2021 safety calendar, website, station displays and on weekend passes.
Students were also encouraged to enter the Metra Safety Essay Contest. Contest participants are asked to describe in 300 words or less why it's important to “Obey the Signs" when near trains and railroad tracks. A first place prize was awarded in each of the essay contest's three divisions: Grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 with each winner receiving an iPad.
Metra wants as many students as possible to participate and be exposed to rail safety information and encourage schools to make rail safety a school-wide project. Metra recognized the school that submitted the most entries in the 2019-2020 Safety Poster Contest by awarding it a new computer compatible with the school’s current system.
KindergartenLife Christian Co-School
1st GradeSkinner North Classical School
2nd GradeMadison Elementary School
3rd GradeBetsy Ross Elementary School
4th GradeShabonee Elementary School
5th GradeJ.B. Nelson Elementary School
6th GradeWood Oak Junior High School
7th GradeMaple School
8th GradeMarie Murphy Junior High School
9th GradeGlenbrook North High School
10th GradeMarian Catholic High School
11th GradeVictor J. Andrew High School
12th GradeKelvyn Park High School