Truck Day featuring the “Paint the Plow” Contest
2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Montgomery County, Md., MD
About the Program
Category: Children and Youth
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services is proud to share the success of Truck Day, featuring a student Paint the Plow contest. Engaging 14 middle schools from all over the county, the contest allowed local youth to put their creative talents to use by naming and painting their community’s snowplow. Truck Day was a family- friendly spring event allowing community interaction with MCDOT trucks. Weeks ahead of Truck Day, MCDOT organized plow deliveries to middle schools interested in participating in the Paint the Plow contest. Schools had the autonomy to design their plow around a suggested theme. MCDOT staff picked up the plows about a week later and they were displayed at Truck Day, where attendees viewed and voted for their favorite design. The event celebrated local youth’s artistic talent and deepened the department’s community connection during Public Works Week. Local youth worked collaboratively on a project that benefited County residents, with prizes going toward the school’s art program. The program raised climate change awareness and educated on the environment-friendly efforts the department deploys. Due to the success of the program, MCDOT will make the event annual and expand it to include additional middle schools.