In this year's contest, students are asked to draw traffic safety-related illustrations that will become part of a new children's storybook written by local author Dana Mentink. The story, "Way Out Visitors," is about aliens who visit Earth and leave a young alien behind. The alien journeys to find a way home and learns about wearing seat belts and helmets, and using crosswalks safely.
Winners of the contest will have their artwork featured in the eight-page storybook. The final book will be unveiled at the Poster-Storybook Contest Awards Ceremony at the San Ramon Community Center on Feb. 28, and distributed at bookstores and libraries throughout the San Ramon Valley. Last year's contest drew more than 275 entries and nearly 500 community members to the awards ceremony.
Street Smarts is a traffic safety education campaign involving the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Danville, San Ramon, Contra Costa County and the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs.