2009-09-17 / Entertainment

PennDOT Invites Students To Showcase Creativity

Learn about aviation

Young artists across the state are invited to express their creativity through PennDOT's annual aviation art contest. "The History of Flight" is the theme for this year's contest, sponsored by the department's Bureau of Aviation.

"What started as an experiment in flight has grown to a vital international industry that employs 288,000 Pennsylvanians," said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. "This contest is a great opportunity for children to express their creativity while they learn about the industry, whether it's in the classroom, with their parents, or even at their local airport."

Entries will be judged in two divisions: first through third grades, and fourth and fifth grades. There will be 22 statewide winners, with one winner from each division selected from each of PennDOT's 11 district offices. Winners will receive a certificate signed by Biehler and a mounted, full-color, 16-by- 20-inch copy of their entry. The students' schools will also receive a mounted copy of the artwork for display.

Artwork should be submitted on 8.5-by-11-inch or 9-by-12- inch paper, unframed, unmatted and unlaminated. All work must be done by hand (with an exception for children with physical challenges).

Permitted formats are: acrylic, oil paint, felt-tip pens, indelible ink, soft ballpoint pens, watercolor or crayons. Formats that are not permitted include: non-permanent media such as pencil or charcoal, computergenerated artwork and collage work using photocopies.

The back of each submission should include the student's name, grade level, county and school address and phone number. Entries will not be returned. Contest flyers are available at www.dot.state.pa.us (click on the "Aviation and Rail Freight" link).

Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 16. Send entries to: Bureau of Aviation, c/o Eric Locke, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120 or PO Box 3457, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0064.

Winners' schools will be notified by telephone.

Pennsylvania currently has 135 public-use airports and heliports and 14 airports offer scheduled commercial service.

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