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Let Kids' Imaginations Fly (Contest 1)

There’s something about an airplane that sets kids to dreaming. They see themselves high in the sky, goggles covering their eyes, wind blowing their hair, with the world rolling out beneath them ready to be mastered. That childlike enthusiasm for flying is exactly what the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) hopes to capture in a new art competition.

Unleash the inner artist.

Unleash the inner artist.

PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation on Tuesday (Sept. 16, 2008) announced the opening of its “A Day At The Airport” contest for elementary school artists in grades 1-5. Entries are being accepted now through Oct. 14.

“We want students to recognize how important aviation is to Pennsylvania,” PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler said in a press release. “Maybe even inspire a couple of them to look more closely at a field that employs 288,000 Pennsylvanians,” he added.

More than 130 public-use airports and heliports currently operate within the state, including the Pottstown-Limerick Airport, 3310 W. Ridge Pk., Limerick PA, just east of Sanatoga; and Pottstown Municipal Airport, 1149 Glascow St., Pottstown PA, to Sanatoga’s west. Fourteen Pennsylvania airports offer scheduled commercial service.

PennDOT’s contest rules are somewhat lengthy, but can be downloaded. Teachers and parents should be sure youngsters understand the guidelines, or their work may be disqualified.

Bureau-appointed judges will name 22 contest winners statewide. Winners receive a certificate signed by Biehler, and a full-color, mounted 16-by-20-inch copy of their entry. Winning students’ schools get a copy of the artwork for display, too. Entries should be sent to Bureau of Aviation, c/o Eric Locke, PO Box 3457, Harrisburg PA 17120-0064.

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