Two Hamilton students praised for seat-belt safety posters

Khloe Warren (holding poster with the heart) of Riverview Elementary and Kaitlyn Roberts of Ridgeway Elementary were winners of a seat-belt safety slogan and poster contest, and were praised by Hamilton City Council on May 10. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

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Khloe Warren (holding poster with the heart) of Riverview Elementary and Kaitlyn Roberts of Ridgeway Elementary were winners of a seat-belt safety slogan and poster contest, and were praised by Hamilton City Council on May 10. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

Two Hamilton third-graders were praised May 10 by Hamilton City Council for posters they made encouraging people to use their seat belts.

Khloe Warren of Riverview Elementary and Kaitlyn Roberts of Ridgeway Elementary were the grand-prize winners.

Warren said her poster was dedicated to families who lost people to traffic crashes. Her slogan was, “You’d Click Your Belt If You Knew How It Felt … To Lose Someone You Love.” Her poster featured a heart with a seat belt around it.

Roberts’ poster, featuring glitter, suggested, “The Family That Clicks Together Sticks Together.”

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Mayor Pat Moeller presented the girls with proclamations honoring their posters and slogans.

“A couple of weeks ago, some of us adults learned one heck of a lot from all the third-grade champions who had seat-belt-slogan posters,” Moeller said. “They were really, really excellent. It was a tough job, but two of them were picked as champions. And every year we invite them to a council meeting.”

Hamilton Police Officer Kristy Collins runs the program each year with the district’s third-grade class. The poster winners win cash and a pizza party for their families.

“There are over a thousand third-graders,” Collins said. “So I narrow it down to 13 winners all together. And then out of the 13, I pick the top two out of that.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of teens (ages 13-19) and adults between the ages of 20 and 44 who died in crashes during 2014 were unrestrained when the wrecks happened.

“These young people really gave us a lesson,” Moeller said, “and I’m sure they’re telling their parents, in case they forget, make sure they clip their seat belt.”

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