Meriden youth sends a clear message
Story and photos by Clarke Davis
Heather was joined at the assembly by her parents, Kris and Carol Kahler, her brother, Karson, and her art teacher, Shawn Beuchat.
A total of 867 poster contest entries were received from across Kansas with 18 students receiving regional honors and three students receiving statewide honors. The contest is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
“The poster contest helps bring awareness to all ages for the need to reduce fatalities on our nation’s highways,” said Kimberly Qualls, public affairs manager for KDOT.
Qualls’ message to the middle school students was to help stop people — in this case their parents — from texting while driving. One student came up with a new term, “designated texter,” to keep the phone out of the hands of the driver.
Qualls told the children that there were 344 deaths on Kansas roadways last year, about 100 more people than the number of children in the assembly. She added that a great majority of all accidents are a result of some distraction.
Heather’s artwork encourages drivers to “Put A Brake on Fatality and Silence your phones.” It shows an overturned car with a ringing phone lying on the roadway.
The two additional regional poster contest winners in northeast Kansas include Laura Edelman, 7, Sabetha, and Reagan de Koning, 10, Axtell.
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