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Paint the Plow program lets students mingle art and snow

December 10, 2018
By: Larissa Newton


Some of Pennsylvania's most creative students have transformed PennDOT snow plows in the spirit of winter. 

PennDOT's Paint the Plow program invites students to paint a snow plow blade with artwork. The painted blades will then run throughout the school's community during the winter. It also promotes safety and fosters appreciation of both PennDOT and the school's art program.

When painting, the school must use a themed safety message. But they also can include patriotic, weather-related motifs, or their school's mascot or emblem.

The competition includes both a "Judges' Pick" winner and a "Fan Favorite" winner. Some districts will have a winner per county, while others will choose a district-wide winner. Judges are from both PennDOT and local community organizations or businesses. The public votes for the Fan Favorite through PennDOT's Facebook page. Each like on a photo of the plow counts as a vote.

View a slideshow of the winners at the top of this article. They also are listed below in alphabetical order by school name. To see all the plows, view the albums on PennDOT's Facebook page.

School Name Category PennDOT District Count(ies)
Abington Heights High SchoolJudges' Pick4Lackawanna
Austin High SchoolFan Favorite2Northern Area (Elk, McKean, Potter)
Bellefonte High SchoolJudges' Pick2Central Area (Centre, Clinton)
Blackhawk Area High SchoolFan Favorite11Beaver and Lawrence
Blacklick Valley High SchoolFan Favorite9Cambria
Butler County Area Vocational-Technical SchoolJudges' Pick10Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson
Canon McMillan High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick12Washington
Central High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick9Blair
Connellsville Area Career & Technical CenterFan Favorite and Judges' Pick12Fayette
Coudersport High SchoolJudges' Pick (TIE)2Northern Area (Elk, McKean, Potter)
Delaware Valley High SchoolJudges' Pick4Pike
DuBois Central Catholic High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick2Western Area (Clearfield)
East Forest High SchoolJudges' Pick1Forest, Warren
East Juniata High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick2Southern Area (Juniata, Mifflin)
East Stroudsburg North High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick5Monroe — High Schools
Elk County Catholic High SchoolJudges' Pick (TIE)2Northern Area (Elk, McKean, Potter)
Ferndale High SchoolJudges' Pick9Cambria
Forbes Road High SchoolFan Favorite9Fulton
Greater Latrobe High SchoolJudges' Pick (TIE)12Westmoreland
J.T. Lambert Intermediate SchoolJudges' Pick5Monroe — Intermediate Schools
Keystone Area High SchoolFan Favorite10Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson
Lakeview High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick1Mercer
Maplewood High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick1Crawford
McConnellsburg High SchoolJudges' Pick9Fulton
Montrose Area High SchoolJudges' Pick4Susquehanna
New Brighton High SchoolJudges' Pick11Beaver, Lawrence
North Pocono High SchoolFan Favorite4Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne
North Schuylkill High SchoolFan Favorite (TIE) and Judges' Pick5Schuylkill
Northwestern High SchoolFan Favorite1Erie
Penns Valley High SchoolFan Favorite2Central Area (Centre, Clinton)
Pine Grove Area High SchoolFan Favorite (TIE)5Schuylkill
Pittston Area High SchoolJudges' Pick4Luzerne
Pleasant Valley Middle SchoolFan Favorite5Monroe — Intermediate Schools
Rocky Grove High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick1Venango
Sarah A. Reed Children's CenterJudges' Pick1Erie
Southern Huntingdon High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick9Huntingdon — High Schools
Southside Elementary SchoolJudges' Pick9Huntingdon — Elementary Schools
Stone Valley Community Charter SchoolFan Favorite9Huntingdon — Elementary Schools
Tidioute Charter SchoolFan Favorite1Forest, Warren
Tunkhannock Area High SchoolJudges' Pick4Wayne
Tussey Mountain High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick9Bedford
Unionville High SchoolFan Favorite6Chester
Windber High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick9Somerset
Yough High SchoolFan Favorite and Judges' Pick12Westmoreland


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