The second of  two “Welcome to Easton” signs was installed on Wednesday at the bottom of Sport Hill Road, near the Fairfield town line.

The sign is the outcome of an art project by Samuel Staples Elementary School and Helen Keller Middle School students to create signage on the theme “What Easton Means To Me.”

The second sign was designed by Staples students.

Samantha Olschan, whose mom was a teacher for many years in Easton, digitalized the art work to help formulate the sign. Olschan is an assistant professor of art in digital media and design at the University of Connecticut.

Alison Sternberg, Sheila Weaver and First Selectman David Bindelglass. Contributed photo

The first of the signs, designed by Keller students, was installed last year at the intersection of Black Rock Turnpike and Route 136 by members of the Easton Public Works Department.

The art project was sponsored by the Easton Planning and Zoning Commission in collaboration with the Easton Arts Council and Easton Arts Center.

Alison Sternberg, a P&Z member, came up with the idea for the sign contest. She thought seeing the town from the point of view of local children would reflect the best of Easton in the purest and simplest way. Sheila Weaver, an arts council member, was instrumental in helping P&Z and the town with organizing the art contest and developing the sign.

Ray Martin, former P&Z chairman, brought the idea for the project to the Board of Finance, who approved its funding. The arts council and arts center participated in the judging.

Welcome to Easton signs designed by Samuel Staples Elementary and Helen Keller Middle School students

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