LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—No snow. But plows were out in La Crosse and students were preparing them for winter.
Hamilton Elementary/SOTA I students painted the blades of snow plows.
Councilwoman Sara Sullivan brought the idea to La Crosse after hearing about its success in portage.
The project was a collaboration between the city, school district and Viterbo University.
They started out with no budget, but after a campus bake sale and donations from many paint and hardware stores the students had plenty to work with.
"It's like a little rough and it dries fast and it gets sticky," Nathan Ivens, first grade student said.
They each had one square to paint.
"I'm painting a Pegasus and a turtle," Lilly Milliren, fourth grade student said.
"A river and a lake with a turtle and a log," Amos Magnuson, fifth grade student said.
Behind all the madness was a lesson.
"I wasn't thinking about what the kids would learn," Sullivan said. "I was just thinking about how much fun it would be as we all go through the city seeing some of our snowplows painted and it will remind us of the kids."
"They're learning a lot about team work," Trista Zimmerman, Intern, Viterbo Fine Arts Center said. "Just collaborating with each other."
At the end of the day the kids had a good time and la crosses winter got a bit more colorful.
The students used an oil based paint that is supposed to stick to the plow better in hopes that is lasts one or even two years.
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