Annual Metra Safety Contest

Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest Deadline Extended to Feb. 17!

Metra has launched its 16th Annual Safety Poster and Essay Contest, asking students across Metra's service area to illustrate through posters and essays the importance of safe behaviors near the railroad. This year's theme is "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks." Deadline for entries has been extended toFriday, Feb. 17, 2023. To submit your entry, click here.

The Safety Poster and Essay Contest asks students to take on an advocacy role and communicate the importance of safety near the tracks. This year's theme: "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks"emphasizes the importance of being aware of your surroundings and personal safety when near railroad tracks, platforms, and crossings, which can be extremely dangerous.

One first-, second- and third-place winner has been selected from each grade, K through 12, for the poster contest and will be awarded the following prizes:

First Place: $500 gift card
Second Place: $250 gift card
Third Place: $100 gift card

Students are also able to submit an essay describing in 300 words or less why it’s important to "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks." when near railroad tracks, platforms, and crossings.  One first-place prize is being awarded in each of the essay contest's three divisions: grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. One winner from each division will receive a $500 gift card. In addition, winning designs will be featured in Metra’s safety calendar, website, weekend passes, and social media.

The contest is open to all students in grades K through 12 living or attending school in Metra’s six-county service area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will. If a student won first place in the 2021-2022 contest that student is NOT eligible to enter in the 2022-2023 contest.

Printable posters promoting the contest are available here:





Metra's 2021-2022 Safety Contest Winners

Isaiah Cho

Christian Heritage Academy

John Seungjin Kim

1st Grade
Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School, Prospect Heights

Shereen Kim

2nd Grade
Willow Bend School, Rolling Meadows

Roman Baranovski

3rd Grade
May Watts Elementary School, Naperville

Aria Mallu

4th Grade
White Eagle Elementary School, Naperville

Tanvi Tiwari

5th Grade
Meridian Middle School, Buffalo Grove

Aaron Ahn

6th Grade
Still Middle School, Aurora

Kate Levenshteyn

7th Grade
Aptakisic Junior High School, Buffalo Grove

Angela Xiao

8th Grade
Highland Middle School, Libertyville

Eduardo Patino

9th Grade
Joliet Central High School, Joliet

Giovanni Del Carmen

10th Grade
West Leyden High School, Northlake

Eun Chae Lee

11th Grade
Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook

Kelly Tsogtjargal

12th Grade
Maine East High School, Park Ridge