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Ellensburg student wins honor for wildlife bridges art contest

Jun 06, 2011

"It's important to think about animals when designing a highway because you're destroying their habitat," said student Thomas Snedeker of Lincoln Elementary School in Ellensburg, Washington. "You have to be sure that they can have access to a habitat that they need for survival." Thomas was the eastern Washington winner of this year's Bridging Futures Art and Essay Contest.

Ellensburg student wins honor for wildlife bridges art contest

Representative Bill Hinkle looks on as Thomas's artwork and essay wins the day: "It's very important to think about animals when designing a highway," said Thomas.

Today in a visit to the Lincoln Elementary School in Ellensburg, Washington, Jen Watkins of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition and Conservation Northwest, together with the Washington State Department of Transportation, recognized student Thomas Snedeker as eastern Washington winner of our Bridging Futures Art and Essay Contest

Thomas's entry included an artistic rendition of a wildlife overpass and an essay: "It's very important to think about animals when designing a highway because you're destroying their habitat," said Thomas. "You have to be sure that they can have access to a habitat that they need for survival."

Thomas received a framed copy of his artwork and a prize package, while his classroom received $200. Contest judge Representative Bill Hinkle, joined us to award the classroom teacher and Lincoln Elementary principle with a check to spend on their classroom as the school year winds down.

This year hundreds of Washington State students created drawings and essays depicting wildlife bridges or the problems associated with wildlife and roads as part of the seventh annual Bridging Futures contest co-hosted by Washington State Department of Transportation and I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition.

"These young artists are thinking about the conflicts we face in our desire to have travel be safe for humans and safe for the animals whose homes we are disrupting, and they have some great ideas," said contest judge Sid Morrison, board trustee for Central Washington University. "When the I-90 wildlife project is completed and the corridor is safely open to both cars and critters, these students can realize that they helped make a difference, and they will tell their friends."

The western Washington winner of the Bridging Futures contest will be announced and recognized next Monday, June 13. The students' art will run on billboards around the state this summer to spread word about wildlife crossings and safe passage for people and wildlife.

See students' Top 10 ads, including Thomas's!
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