First Grade Park Forest Student Wins Art Award


Mia Garrison displays the award she won for her drawing. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)–June 21, 2009. A first grade student from Park Forest is now an award winning artist.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently honored 12 students from across the state whose artwork won the Fourth Annual Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest. More than 2,400 students from public and private schools across the state participated in this contest.

Winning first place in the kindergarten through first grade category was Park Forest’s Mia Garrison. IDOT’s goal of encouraging students and their parents or caregivers to become aware of the importance of driving safely in work zones has special meaning to young Mia as her father is a truck driver.

While Mia enjoys art, she plans on becoming a doctor in the future. But her current goal is to enjoy summer activities in Park Forest with her parents and 3-year-old brother, Carter. Mia will be a second grader at Algonquin Primary Center in the fall.

The drawings of the 12 state winners will appear in the 2010 Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar which will be distributed at IDOT events across Illinois.

Mia’s award wining drawing will now be entered in a national calendar contest. Winners of the national event will be announced later this year.

Mia’s award winning picture appears below: