There's frost on windows and a chilly bite in the air which can only mean one thing- snow is upon us. The 2022-2023 wintry season is knocking on our doors and preparation across the state is already in full swing.

It is with great news to announce to you that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has 12 brand-new snowplows that are ready to be christened by the first snowstorm of the year. The only issue is that these plows are without a name and are seeking the help of every elementary school student across the state of Massachusetts.

The “Name A Snowplow” contest was launched on Tuesday, November 29th by the MassDOT to show gratitude and recognition for all the hard work of public works employees and contractors accomplish throughout the winter season.

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“We are excited to provide elementary school students with an opportunity to have some fun this winter season by helping to name a snowplow,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jamey Tesler. “The contest is a great way for younger students to take some time to have fun, be creative, work together to identify proposed names, and be part of a new state government initiative, and we encourage all statewide schools to participate.”

Students are encouraged to participate and will have until 5:00 PM on December 23rd (this year) to submit their "plow names" and the sky is the limit as far as submissions are concerned. All names can be sent to an online portal at this link.

Winners of the "Name A Snowplow" contest will be announced accordingly on Friday, January 6, 2023. According to the MassDOT, two elementary school classroom winners will be invited to participate in a scheduled snowplow unveiling event.

There will be one winner from grades K-4th and one from grades 5th-8th.

For more information on the contest, please visit Questions regarding the contest can be emailed to

Good luck and may the best snowplow name win!

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