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NTW Poster Contest, 2007.

In honor of NTW, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) annually invites students to express their viewpoints on transportation by participating in a poster competition. The Poster Contest, which began in 2000, is not limited to a particular mode; artworks display spaceships and skateboards as well as the more conventional vehicles such as cars, trucks, buses, trains, and ships.


The contest is fun, but the objective is serious--to encourage youngsters to think about the influence of transportation on their lives. "Education is a long-term investment ... we need to start early educating our youth about transportation," said Joe Toole, director of professional development for the FHWA and chair of the NTW Poster Committee. "There are tremendous opportunities for showing today's youth not only the challenges in transportation but [also] the excitement of working on something that is so critical to our nation." Many segments of the industry are in short supply of talent, which makes it even more important to reach youngsters.

Today's students will create the transportation systems of tomorrow. They need our encouragement and our guidance. And we as a nation need their commitment. One day, they will design better traffic control systems; they will monitor safer, more environmentally friendly highways; they will operate more secure ports; and they will discover more economical ways to move produce across the county.

* To get a HEAD START on next year's competition, teachers may contact NTW Poster Competition Coordinator, Dahlia Gordon (


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2007 NTW Poster Contest Winners: first place (top)--Thomas Dolan from St. Catherine of Siena School, Reading, PA; second place (bottom left)--Ben Johnson from Shadow Hills Elementary, Boise, ID; third place (bottom right)--Katrina Balatgek from Sacred Heart School, Reading, PA


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Date:Jun 1, 2007
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