Every now and then, things go better than anticipated and this was one of those times. A competition in March to pick one student from Samual Staples Elementary School and one from Helen Keller Middle School to create signage on the theme “What Easton Means To Me,” morphed into two successful collaborative projects.

Thirty-one students from SSES and 91 HKMS students submitted their version of the signs in an art project sponsored by the Easton Planning and Zoning Commission in collaboration with the Easton Arts Council and Easton Arts Center. The winning signs represented the work of groups of students, each of whom contributed something unique. The first of those signs by Helen Keller students was installed today at the intersection of Black Rock Turnpike and Route 136 by members of the Easton Public Works Department.

Members of the Easton Public Works Department installed the winning sign.

First Selectman David Bindelglass and Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Ray Martin were on hand to watch the installation.

“So many kids submitted great work and the elements came together as a group effort,” said Bindelglass. “And the moms will be so excited when they drive by.”

The idea originated when Alison Sternberg, a member of the P & Z, suggested that driving into Easton and seeing the town from the point of view of local children would reflect the best of Easton in the purest and simplest way. Martin embraced the idea and brought it to the Board of Finance, who approved its funding.

Both the Easton Arts Council and Easton Arts Center participated in the judging.

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