Fourth-grader's artwork bound for billboard

Midwest Energy & CommunicationsThis poster by Alaina Lindgren, daughter of Andy and Jenni Lindgren, reminds people to stay at least 50 feet away from downed power lines.

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. — An Edwardsburg Intermediate School fourth-grader will see her electrical safety artwork displayed in a larger-than-life billboard format this summer after winning the Midwest Energy & Communications 2018 electrical safety contest for southwest Michigan.

On her winning poster, Alaina Lindgren, daughter of Andy and Jenni Lindgren, reminds people to stay at least 50 feet away from downed power lines.

Each April, Midwest Energy & Communications provides interactive electric hotline demonstrations to fourth-grade students and teachers throughout its service territory in southwest and southeast Michigan. This year’s demonstrations reached more than 600 students in Cassopolis, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg and Marcellus in southwest Michigan; and Addison, Britton-Deerfield, and Morenci in southeast Michigan.

As part of the outreach, MEC invites students to submit posters showing something they learned from the safety demos and a winning poster is selected from each service territory. The two selected posters are displayed on billboards and printed on t-shirts provided to all students in each winner’s class. MEC also sponsors educational field trips for the winning classes.

“It’s never too early to share the message of electrical safety, and our annual April contest allows us to reach hundreds of young students in a fun, engaging and interactive way,” said Patty Nowlin, vice president of corporate communications. “Every year we hear tragic stories about electrical contacts, so this is an important and timeless message for students and adults alike.”

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