Break out those markers and dust off your paint brushes, it's time to enter GEICO's annual Safety Belt Poster Contest! The national GEICO competition (http://www.geico.com/about/in-the-community/poster-contest/) kicks off Sept. 1 for students age 6-18 and offers students a chance to earn cash prizes at both the regional and national levels.
GEICO also reprints and circulates the winning posters to schools, businesses, and safety groups across the country. The art contest continues through January 16, 2009. GEICO believes the annual event helps students keep an important message in mind: buckle up!
GEICO encourages teens to enter because new teen drivers have the highest crash rates of any age group -- and often drive unbelted.
"This contest is an important reminder to students," said Greg Kalinsky, regional vice president for GEICO's San Diego office, "to spread the word to their friends and family that buckling up saves lives. The competition draws thousands of entries around the country which is a good sign that students realize it's an important issue."
Computer-savvy students are welcome to enter the computer-generated category to design a safety belt message unique from traditional art mediums.
The Safety Belt Poster Contest is open to public, private and home-schooled students, ages 6 through 18, as of Sept. 1, 2008. The contest is divided into four age groups: 6 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 15, and 16 to 18, and conducted in eight regions around the country. Entries are initially judged within each age group from the same region. First-place winning posters in each age group advance to the national judging in Washington, D.C. in February, 2009.
One grand-prize winner in each age group will be selected, along with a national winner in the computer-generated poster category, for a total of five national winners.
National winners could win up to $650 for themselves and $500 for their school's art program. Regional winners also earn cash awards.
For more information, please visit http://www.geico.com/about/in-the-community/poster-contest/ when the rules are posted on Sept. 12.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States based on the latest 12 months written premium. It provides auto insurance coverage for nearly 8.5 million policyholders and insures more than 14.4 million vehicles.