Eight of Evanston’s snow plow blades have a festive look ahead of the winter season again this year, thanks to teachers and students from eight schools participating in the city’s Paint Evanston Plows Contest.

You can vote for your favorite plow design online or by calling 311. Voting ends at 5 p.m. Monday Nov. 11. All eight plows are displayed on the lawn in front of the Civic Center in the 2100 block of Ridge Avenue.

The city’s Streets and Sanitation Division invites all public and private schools in Evanston to paint murals on the blades of its snow plows for the annual contest. The crews dropped off a plow blade and paint kit at each participating school and encouraged the students to show school spirit, city spirit, holiday spirit or winter spirit. This year’s theme is “Get Active: Walk, Run, Play.”

The following schools are participating in the contest: Dawes, Lincoln and Lincolnwood elementary schools; Chute, Haven and Nichols middle schools; and St. Athanasius and Bessie Rhodes schools.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will present the winners in three categories with plaques at the Nov. 18 City Council meeting.

Category 1: Best “Theme” Spirit: this plaque will be presented to the snow plow creator that best represents the “Get Active: Walk, Run, Play” theme.

Category 2: Evanstonian’s Choice: this plaque will be presented based on the number of votes the plow receives from the public.

Category 3: Mayor’s Choice: this plaque will be presented based on the Mayor’s choice.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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