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WSB Spot for the Chalk 1 Up for Safety Art Contest

WSB Spot for the Chalk 1 Up for Safety Art Contest

WSB created a short segment about our ‘Chalk 1 Up For Safety‘ event that was held April 26 at the Georgia State Capitol – Liberty Plaza.

Students from Harper Archer Middle School, Kennesaw Mountain, Dutchtown, and Langston Hughes High Schools competed in the fifth annual ‘Chalk 1 Up for Safety’ art contest on Wednesday, April 26 at Liberty Plaza near the Georgia State Capitol.

The day was beautiful and warm, a picture-perfect Atlanta day.  Representatives from each of the high schools, as well as leaders from the Clayton County Fire Department, Allstate Insurance, and Disabled American Veterans were there to support the students and their safety messages.

In one drawing by Christian Alexander of Langston Hughes High School, a bully is shown as a horned blue monster inside a person’s room reflecting the problem of cyberbullying.  Cyberbullying occurs at home, online, all hours of the day, and young people need to stand up to it and be more than a bystander.


In another drawing, the students of Harper Archer Middle School created a scene of a car crash with the message, ‘It Can Wait’ regarding the dangers of texting while driving.  Kennesaw Mountain High School created a beautiful rendering entitled, ‘Look, Listen, Live’ about the dangers of crossing railroad tracks.  Also, Dutchtown High School tackled the matter of cyberbullying and how to handle it.

The artwork was phenomenal, as is usually the case in these contests,” says MaryLou Pagano of the SafeAmerica Foundation.  SafeAmerica and Montlick and Associates are sponsors of this event.

“We want to commend the students on their work and the art teachers who get their schools involved,” said Pagano.  “Although this event is an art contest, it brings students together from various school districts, it drives home the messages of safety that are relevant to students of their age, and it calls on them to exercise good judgments when handling difficult decisions.”

Another Chalk 1 Up for Safety event will be held this Fall.  If your school would like to get involved, please contact the SafeAmerica Foundation at 770-973-7233 or email Marylou.pagano@safeamerica.org.