Poster Contest - AAA Minneapolis

Illustrating Safety

The Challenge

Given that motor-vehicle-related crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children and teens, it’s never too early to start teaching awareness to the youngest members of our community.  The foundation asked patrollers to submit illustrations on topics such as Pedestrian Safety, Bus Safety, Bike Safety, Cold Weather, Automobile Safety, and more. The goal was to actively engage students while teaching them lifesaving traffic-safety concepts.


Our Campaign

Local elementary and middle-school students were asked to showcase their artistic talents and traffic-safety knowledge through hand-drawn posters in the AAA School Safety Patrol Poster Contest.  The contest was limited to students in the foundation’s School Safety Patrol program in Hennepin County, which has provided guidance and safety-patrol materials such as flags, poles, belts and ponchos free of charge.

Students used markers, crayons, pencils, stickers and even glitter to illustrate their good safety habits. Laurie McCormick, patrol advisor at Sacred Heart School in Robbinsdale, described her experience: “Students being able to be a part of a contest to promote safety was an exciting bonus, as they knew it would be a way to help others and be creative.” All submissions were displayed and voted on by AAA Minneapolis employees.

AAA School Safety Patrol Poster Contest Winners

Suhair Mohamed, Grade 6
Alice Smith Elementary
(Advisor: Pat Stacken)

Annie Staloch, Grade 4
Dowling Elementary
(Advisor: Tracy Young)

Addie Sorbel, Grade 4
Rush Creek Elementary
(Advisor: Cindy McGowan)

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Poster Submissions









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After much consideration, three winners were selected based on creativity, clarity, originality, connection to safety and how well they persuaded others to exhibit traffic safety practices. Both students and their patrol advisors were rewarded for their participation. Each winning patrol student received four all-day passes for his or her family to Nickelodeon Universe. Three patrol advisors were awarded $100 Target gift cards.

Select entries were used to create an educational traffic-safety coloring book published by the foundation. The book includes 10 coloring pages and two pages for crossword puzzles on safety topics. The coloring books were distributed throughout the community at pediatric hospitals, pediatric dentistry’s, day cares, and more. If you are interested in receiving copies of the Minneapolis Foundation for Safety Coloring & Activity Book for your home, business or school, please e-mail us at


How to Donate

Your support ensures that we can continue to build, execute, and implement educational awareness campaigns around important issues such as Drugged Driving, the Move Over Law and youth traffic safety. The Foundation provides schools, civic groups and local law enforcement with resources at no cost. Please make your donation check out to the AAA Minneapolis Foundation for Safety and mail it to:

Attn: Foundation for Safety
5400 Auto Club Way
St. Louis Park, MN 55416


The Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety is a 501 (C) 3 organization. No goods were given nor services performed in exchange for this contribution.  Your contribution may or may not be tax deductible;  please consult your tax advisor.