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LAPD, Auto Club Sponsor School Traffic Safety Mural Competition

Students from 13 Los Angeles middle schools will be competing in the 2010 Traffic Safety Mural Competition sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Department and Automobile Club of Southern California.  Top prize for the winning school’s artistic efforts is $1,000 and a completed mural that will serve to raise traffic safety awareness among young teens.
Professors from the Otis School of Art and Design will serve as judges for the competition.  In addition to the winning mural, prizes of $500 and $300 will be presented to the second and third place entries.  
The competition, open to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) middle schools, requires art students by April 30 to design and paint a wall-size mural on their school grounds depicting positive themes of traffic safety awareness affecting their classmates, school and neighborhood.
"The mural project is an excellent opportunity for middle school students to express their concerns regarding local traffic safety issues. The program also allows students to earn money for their schools art programs," said Officer Joseph Taylor, of the LAPD’s West Traffic Division, Community Traffic Safety Unit.
Middle schools participating in the 2010 mural competition include: Belvedere; Griffith; LA Leadership Academy; Southeast; Mt. Gleason; Mulholland; Porter; Vista; Edison; Bret Hare Prep; Downtown Value; John Liechty; and Richard Merkin.
Last year’s winning entry – “Want to Survive?  Don’t Text ‘N Drive” – was created by art students attending Bret Harte Middle School, under direction of their instructor Lex Chmiel.
“The Auto Club believes that one of the best ways we can support our community is by mentoring the young people who are our future,” said Motorsports and Special Events Manager Rick Lalor.  “Through the Traffic Safety Mural Competition we encourage the artistic talent of young men and women while at the same time delivering an important traffic safety message to everyone who views their creations.”
LAPD West Traffic Division officers and representatives from the Auto Club will present a check, plaque and certificates to the winning students in May in front of the 2010 winning mural at their middle school.               
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