For more than 30 years the Oak Lawn Chamber has collaborated with the Oak Lawn Fire Department to produce the Public Safety Coloring Contest. This year many District 123 students got involved but one Sward student, Aiden, had a picture selected as a contest winner.
“I wanted to enter because I think it would help people to know that you should wear a helmet to protect your head in case you get an injury. I felt so happy because it took a long time (I did eleven tries before I got the picture to look the best). I felt so great that I won because all my hard work paid off,” he said.
The contest is a fun way to literally illustrate what staying safe looks like in the community and is an active tool in teaching kids how to stay safe when riding bikes, playing outside, and around the home.
“Students seem to be more likely to follow public safety practices when they are invested in them. It also gives them a self-awareness which carries over into the classroom,” said Aiden’s Teacher, Kathy Budewitz.
Aiden won second place and was presented with an award from a Police Officer!