Left, Maple Conn, Benjamin James, Elizabeth Ryan, Reed Frazel and Hazel Finnamore-Brady of Dawes School sketching their snow plow.

District 65 students at Dawes, Kingsley, Lincoln and Lincolnwood Elementary schools; and students from Chute, Haven, and Nichols Middle schools are showing off their creative talents in the City of Evanston Streets and Sanitation Division-sponsored annual Painting Evanston’s Plows (P.E.P) contest. Students were invited to paint murals on the blades of its snow plows in a festive design in preparation for the coming winter season.

The Division dropped off a plow blade and paint kit at each school and presented the theme “Recycle Smart, Use Your Cart!” to the aspiring artists.

The children’s finished snowplow murals will be on display Oct. 22-29, in front of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Call 847-866-2940 to cast a vote for your favorite. Winners will be announced at a reception with the Mayor of Evanston in November.

The City annually sends out its snow plow blades to be painted, so the snow will come off the blade easier. P.E.P. helps the City save money, since the City only pays for the paints, and not the artistic labor. The City will add some clear coat on designs so they will last longer to be admired by the community throughout the snow season.