Arctic Blaze and Baby Snowda: Vermont students name VTrans plow trucks

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Wolf Tracks, Ice Breaker and Baby Snowda are some of the names Vermont schoolchildren have bestowed upon the state’s fleet of plow trucks.

VT Plow Day was a joint effort by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Agency of Education. Students were asked to propose clever names, vote for a favorite idea and assign it to a VTrans plow truck.

“The feedback we received, it was an awesome — a wonderful day for everybody, and something that was desperately needed over the last 19 months,” said Todd Law, VTrans Deputy Division Director.

More than 160 schools participated and received a visit from a signature orange truck Wednesday, with the selected name and the school’s name displayed on the side. Ryan Haggerty, a second grader from Porters Point School, came up with the wining name in Colchester: Arctic Blaze.

“The way I came up with is I have a stuffy wolf named Arctic Blaze,” he said. “And I’m like, ‘Well it’s a snow plow, and it’s related to snow so I guess that would be a really good name for it.'”

Haggerty says he was “speechless” during Wednesday’s truck visit. His principal, Carolyn Millhan, says she got her students involved after receiving a memo from the Agency of Education.

“I think it shows students that they can really be involved in their community,” she said. “I think it shows students that they can have voice and choice. I think that’s really important.”

Law says VT Plow Day fosters an appreciation of the work carried out by VTrans employees.

“It’s an extremely critical duty that we have,” said Law. “And the best part is, our employees are extremely dedicated and they put in long, long hours. You know, we don’t know think about what got that road in that condition.”

The full list of schools and their trucks’ names can be viewed here.

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