Paint the Plow

MoDOT sponsors Paint the Plow as a way to cultivate public awareness and promote winter driving safety. This contest encourages high school students in MoDOT's Northwest District's 20 counties* to promote winter driving safety by developing creative, original artwork on a snowplow that represents their individual school and is based on the program theme for the year. Designs will have the opportunity to be visible during winter snow removal on various state-maintained roadways in the school district to enhance public awareness.

MoDOT's 2024-25 Paint the Plow theme is: 

"Ice and Snow - Take it Slow."

Rules & Guidelines
  • View the School Guidelines for information on participants, theme, provisions and promotions.
Project Timeline
  • Schools invited to participate - late April 2024.
  • Design submissions due - Sept. 13, 2024.
  • Plows delivered to participating schools with approved designs - by Sept. 27, 2024.
  • Painted plows collected from participating schools - by mid-October 2024.
  • Judges' Pick and Fan Favorite honors determined - by Oct. 31, 2024.
  • Winners announced - by Nov. 8, 2024.
  • Please note dates are subject to change.
Judging & Voting
  • The "Judges' Pick" honor is determined by MoDOT personnel and is based on creativity and ability to incorporate the designated safety message and theme. 
  • Members of the public are invited to vote for the "Fan Favorite" winner via social media.

Downloadable Materials

Participants wanting to include MoDOT's Paint the Plow logo in their design may save the image file below:

Contest Entry Form

School Address:
One file only.
800 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif, jpg, png, bmp, eps, tif, pict, psd, txt, rtf, pdf, avi, mov, mp4, svg, tar, zip.

Required file: a mockup of your proposed design. Once you submit, you will receive a submission confirmation email.

2024 Winners

Project photos and summaries from the winning student groups will be available here once the contest has ended!

Project photos from all participants will also be available here.

Have Questions or Need More Information?

Contact Photo
Jenna Keyes
Jenna Keyes
Communication Manager
Northwest District
Contact Info

NWMCRS Coordinator


Phone: 816-387-2492

*Paint the Plow is currently being piloted in MoDOT's Northwest District's 20 counties (Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Sullivan and Worth) and may be expanded as an annual tradition into other areas of the state.