• High school Safety Committee participates in PennDOT art competition to promote driver safety this winter

    *Editor's note: After this article was published, the district got word that a panel of judges selected Bellefonte Area High School as the overall winner of the Paint the Plow contest.

    ptpKnow before you go. That’s the theme to this year’s Paint the Plow competition through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. And again, PennDOT District 2 has offered schools in its region the chance to be represented on a plow to help promote driver safety this winter.

    Schools participating this year are from Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties.

    High school principal Mike Fedisson said the plow assigned to Bellefonte Area is one painted by students in the school’s Safety Committee. Those students worked together to develop an idea, sketch and paint the plow. They included students Natalie Book, Isabella Corman, Owen Knisely, Max Kroell, Evan McMullen, Keeli Pighetti and Olivia Reiter.

    Last year’s theme was “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow,” and the Bellefonte plow was painted by students in the Art Club. Fedisson said that to participate this school year, an application must have been filled out this summer. Once accepted, students had just six weeks to complete the project.

    “Each plow is intended to be used in the district where each school district is located,” Fedisson said.

    The community also has the chance by noon Nov. 2 to go online and vote for their favorite design. The link can be found, here: Plow designs

    PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check road conditions by visiting, www.511PA.com.

    *By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD