October 1, 2013: Operation Lifesaver launches Off the Rails contest

It’s that time of year again—time for the kids to take the helm of the locomotive, put on their engineer’s cap and get those creative juices flowing to help promote rail safety awareness to their peers by answering the question:

What does rail safety mean to you?

The Off the Rails contest is a nation-wide initiative, directed at 11-14 year olds, that empowers youth to share what rail safety means to them by creating their own rail safety messages, which will drive home the message: 

Stay off the railway tracks!

Youth are asked to work in teams of two or more and have fun creating a message in the form of a short video, poster, song or even a comic strip that will capture and further increase rail safety awareness. The creative possibilities are endless, and the best will be awarded a prize!

Calling all teachers, parents, coaches, team leaders and guardians!

As you know, Operation Lifesaver is committed to promoting rail safety awareness and encouraging teachers, parents and caregivers to educate children about the never-ending lesson of rail safety. This is where Operation Lifesaver needs your help to get the word out. Please tell your students, children and friends about this important opportunity for youth to get involved in spreading the rail safety message. Together, we can make sure that kids learn the rail safe behaviours that could save their lives in the future.

There are two grand prizes of $4,000, two secondary prizes of $1,000 and four third-place prizes of $500, totalling more than $11,000 to be awarded to winning students, classrooms, clubs, teams or schools. The prize money is to be used to promote literacy, numeracy, technology or physical and well-being of students. The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2013.

For more information, please visit the contest website: www.offtherailscontest.ca