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Kent Public School wins Paint the Plow challenge, in celebration of Local Government Week

Posted on Wednesday October 17, 2018
Paint the Plow winners

Cobourg, ON – October 17, 2018 –  It was a tough call for Northumberland County councillors this morning as they adjudicated this year’s ‘Paint the Plow’ contest, in celebration of Local Government Week. Four local elementary schools signed up to paint murals on County snow plows based on this year’s theme of ‘Partners Today for a Terrific Tomorrow’. After some intense evaluation, Kent Public School in Campbellford has been crowned 2018’s ‘Paint the Plow’ champion.

“We are thrilled to see students of varying ages getting involved in municipal activities like ‘Paint the Plow’, and reflecting on the role their local government plays in their day-to-day lives,” states County Warden Mark Lovshin. “On behalf of County Council, we thank all the participating schools for making this event a success, and we congratulate Kent Public School students on their well-deserving win.”

“We clearly have talented buddings artists here in Campbellford,” expressed County Councillor and Trent Hills Mayor Bob Crate. “I want to thank the school administration for supporting this activity, and I want to congratulate Ms. Burkholder’s class for its submission; the students have certainly made our community proud!”

Local Government Week, this year from October 14th to 20th, is an opportunity for municipalities to raise awareness about the important function of municipal government. Northumberland County has been hosting the ‘Paint the Plow’ activity during Local Government Week since 2016, to inspire children and youth to explore the many ways they may interact with municipal employees in taking care of the community.

Participants in the 2018 ’Paint the Plow’ contest included:

  • Kent Public School, Campbellford
  • Spring Valley Public School, Brighton
  • St. Mary Catholic Elementary School, Grafton
  • Terry Fox Public School, Cobourg

The painted plows were assessed based on their creativity, visual impact, and depiction of municipal services. Students from Kent Public School will celebrate their victory with a tour of the County recycling plant (the Material Recovery Facility), including a pizza lunch.


Photo attached: Students from Donna Burkholder’s Grade 8 class at Kent Public School stand with their winning submission to Northumberland County’s ‘Paint the Plow’ contest, in celebration of Local Government Week. From left-to-right: Kira Saito; Kyra Carlaw; Brooke Wellman; Grace Eakins; Jack Rogers; Adam Ross; Nolan Eakins.

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