Bridgeport magnet school one of the winners of Metro-North safety poster contest
Westport News. Tara O'Neill. February 06, 2019.

BRIDGEPORT — The Park City Magnet School was among several schools to be announced as winners in Metro-North Railroad’s poster safety contest, according to a news release.

The contest was aimed at students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. They were tasked with creating posters to illustrate what they think is most important about rail safety. The contest, which ran from Oct. 2018 through the end of Nov. 2018, overlapped National Rail Safety Week.

The contest was open to students who attend schools within Metro-North’s territory across New York and Connecticut.

Bridgeport’s Park City Magnet School was the winner for the poster designed by students from kindergarten through third grade level. North Haven High School was runner-up for the poster designed by students from ninth to 12th grade.

The winners and runner-ups for the other awards were all New York schools.

In total, there were 62 student poster entries from 13 different schools. Judges evaluated the posters for the best representations of safety around trains and train tracks.

“Safety is our top priority at Metro-North,” said Catherine Rinaldi, president of Metro-North Railroad. “I’m delighted that our contest received such a wonderful response from the students who live in the communities we serve.”

The contest was overseen by TRACKS, the railroad’s free safety community outreach and education program. TRACKS, run by the Metro-North’s Office of System Safety, is an acronym for Together Railroads and Communities Keeping Safe.

The five winners will be featured in a presentation by TRACKS. The four runner-ups will receive TRACKS swag.

Winning schools will also get a meet-and-greet session with Metro-Man, the Metro-North superhero, with Tracks, his faithful canine companion — a MTA Police dog. The schools will receive a customized school banner and a certificate of recognition from the Vice President of System Safety and President of Metro-North Railroad.

“The contest was a creative way to amplify our safety message and help keep all the children who live in the railroad’s territory out of harm’s way,” Rinaldi said.

Visit http://web.mta.info/mnr/tracks for more information about TRACKS and the poster contest.

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