5th grader’s art displayed at work zones across Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Samantha Baltz may only be 11-years-old, but she’s already reaching thousands with her art.

“I really enjoy doing art and drawing,” said Baltz.

All work zones in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County now display Baltz’s picture.

“I feel really good to know that my art is out there,” said Baltz.

The elementary student recently won a competition put on by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

“The message that we’re trying to convey is that there are human beings on both sides of the barrel,” said Christina Bahl with NMDOT.

NMDOT asked elementary students to draw a picture encouraging drivers to slow down near construction zones.

“We found that involving children in work zone safety is a good way to get the message to their parents,” said Bahl.

Baltz’s winning picture shows a work zone with a sign that reads, “Slow down. My mommy and daddy work here.”

“I was really surprised but really happy when everyone started cheering and clapping for me,” said Baltz.

While Baltz’s parents don’t work in construction, she said plenty of kids have parents that do.

“There’s families out there and they probably want to see them,” said Baltz.

Drivers across the county will now get to see her message. Her artwork will be up for the rest of April.

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