Kids painting a plow

The City of Port Colborne’s paint a plow program is back for a second year. For 2022, both elementary and high school students have been tasked with a SnowPORTant mission: to cheer up our snowplows as they prepare for a long, cold, and snowy winter ahead by painting them.

Seven elementary schools and one high school have accepted the mission: St. Therese Catholic Elementary School, Oakwood Public School, St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School, DeWitt Carter Public School, St. John Bosco Catholic Elementary School, Saint-Joseph Catholic Elementary School, McKay Public School, and Lakeshore Catholic High School. Students are asked to paint original artwork on the plows with a theme: school pride. Plows will be painted now through to Sept. 26.

“Last year was a huge success with so much support from our school community that we knew we had to do it again”, said Tim Anderson, supervisor of fleet, facilities, and stores for the City of Port Colborne. “This year we extended it to our local high schools, and we are excited to see what designs everyone comes up. I know our snowplow operators enjoyed the designs and words of encouragement on those cold and dark snowy days.”

All plows will be returned to the Port Colborne’s Engineering & Operations Centre by Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, for the City’s Touch-a-Truck event, where Mayor Steele will be choosing a winning plow for students to earn not only bragging rights but a PORTicipate prize pack and pizza party.

DeWitt Carter Public School were the inaugural winners in 2021 with their “snow breathing dragon”.

Port Paint and Paper has once again partnered with the city on this initiative, providing schools the paint and paint brushes required to complete their mission.

For more information about the city’s touch-a-truck event on Sept. 27, 2022, from 4 to 7 p.m., visit

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