HAMLET — Three-year-old Peyton Maree won herself a new bicyle in Hamlet’s Operation Lfie Saver coloring contest. Board vice president Sam Bullard pulled Maree’s name from among 133 entries Friday, and museum manager Miranda Chavis dashed to Walmart to pick up her prize.
“Operation Life Saver is a national nonprofit specializing in railroad safety,” said presenter T.V. Kirkley of the CSX Railroad Police. He said it is important for young children to learn early about railroad tracks and how to keep out of danger.
“It’s our third year holding the contest, with our third winner,” Chavis said. “And for each of the winners, it’s been their very first bicycle. The bike was donated by the museum and Walmart. Even though the contest winner is selected by a random drawing, for us they are all winners because they all learn about railroad safety.”
Chavis said more than 800 coloring books were distributed this year. The coloring books contain important safety guidelines for being near railroads.
— Melonie Flomer