Tigard promotes Safe Routes to School through art literacy
The Tigard-Tualatin School District's Art Literacy Program and the City of Tigard's Safe Routes to School program have teamed up for the second annual Safe Routes to School art literacy poster contest.
The winner of this year's art contest will be announced at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Metzger Elementary School. Tigard Mayor John Cook will present the grand prize winner with a new backpack.
The winning student's art will be used on the city's promotional poster for Walk and Bike to School Day on May 9. Two additional winners from each grade will be chosen to have their artwork on display in March at several Tigard locations, including the school district's Hibbard Administration Building, Tigard Public Library and Symposium Coffee.
This year's contest took place at Metzger Elementary School in tandem with lessons about French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Volunteer educators taught students about the painter and his most famous works, including "At the Moulin Rouge." Students were encouraged to reflect the painter's style and incorporate it into a poster about safely walking and biking to school.
Winners were chosen by volunteer educators and Tigard's Safe Routes to School coordinator. The district's Art Literacy Program provides elementary school students the opportunity to learn about art and create their own in art in the classroom. The program has been supported through donations from Parents Support Organizations and other organizations since 1982.
Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections among families, schools and the broader community.
Editor's note: A copy of a past year's winning poster was sent to the newspaper on Wednesday and appeared in print, in the Feb. 22 edition.