Students Get Wintertime Safety Lesson

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email
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An ODOT snow plow will hit the snow with a special touch this year and lots of little hand prints will lead the way.

They have visited Shelly Hess's kindergarten class at Little Hocking Elementary School for five years straight.

"It's part of her curriculum that she talks about – you know, the big working trucks and so we have a hands-on experience for them,” says David Rose, public information officer for ODOT.

They learn that snow plows help people.

"Keeps the snow off the road so they can be safe while they're driving,” says Gavin, a kindergarten student.

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"To see what community workers do and also to see a big work machine and how it helps people," Hess says.

But this is actually the first time the students got involved...

"To help paint the plow for us," Rose says. "About 32 students put their hand prints all over the plow and I know they have a junior high student who's putting some lettering on there."

Skylene was right there.

"We painted our hands," she says. "We puts our hands on the snow plow."

They're just happy to join in.

According to Hess, other districts across the state have done something similar.

"I thought it was a great idea and our district thought it was as well," she says.

Jacob does his part to make a difference.

"Snow plow is going to do -- to push the snow out of the way. "Super good," the kindergartner says.

When the bad weather hits this year, ODOT can count on that extra help from the hand prints to push the snow and clear the roads so everyone can make it to school safely.

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ODOT took out the snow plows for some local elementary students and brought a safety message with them.

Public information officer David Rose says it's about bringing awareness of wintertime safety to the kids.

For the past five years it's been part of the curriculum in Ms. Hess's kindergarten class at Little Hocking Elementary to talk about the big working trucks and give them a hands-on experience.

"This is the first year that we actually got the students involved to help paint the plow for us," Rose says. "About 32 students put their handprints all over the plow and I know they have a junior high student who's putting some lettering on there to symbolize the school itself."

He says during this year's bad weather, the kindergarten handprints are going to help ODOT push the snow and clear the roads so everyone can make it safely to school.


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