PennDOT gives students a chance to showcase artistic talent

Sheffield Area High School senior art students (left) Madison Finch and Destiny Wynn paint a snowplow blade with a Sheffield theme as part of PennDOT’s Paint the Plow program.

Warren County School District students have been invited to show their school spirit and artistic talents through the Paint the Plow program.

PennDOT sent out 12-foot long snowplow blades to the four district high schools.

When they return, the blades will bear school-specific artwork. The requirement of a themed winter driving safety message was dropped in favor of school mascots. The blades will be affixed to plow trucks working in the schools’ attendance areas.

At Sheffield Area High School, Madison Finch and Destiny Wynn have been working on their design for about two weeks. They are painting their Wolverine Pride theme in high-performance protective enamel.

Teachers and administrators are expected to keep clear of the project. Sheffield Art Teacher Cynthia Hartburg selected the students who would work on the project and keeps an eye on them. Other than that, she is hands-off.

“I have not had any part in this,” Hartburg said. “They came up with the design and they are doing the painting.”

“They’ve been working on their own,” she said. “I love what they are doing.”

According to a PennDOT release, the state-wide community outreach program is intended to “enhance public awareness, promote safety, and foster greater appreciation of both PennDOT and the school’s art program.”

“The department will pick up the blade on Oct. 16,” according to the PennDOT release. “If should be expected that the design on a given plow blade will wear away once the blade is put into service for snow and ice removal.”