City Hosts 9th Annual Paint the Plows Event

For the ninth year, the Department of Public Services (DPS) partnered with Avondale School District and Rochester Community Schools to help bring school spirit and cheer to the city’s snowplow vehicles. During the annual Paint the Plows event, students in grades 5-12 are invited to come to the DPS Garage and decorate the fleet for the winter season.

Middle school aged children paint large snow plows in a large enclosed area.

Allan Schneck, the Director of the Department of Public Services, started this program with the goal of providing a new way to engage students, parents, and educators with municipal activities such as the DPS winter operations.

“The Paint the Plows is a great event that allows the students to display community art on a unique canvas and it also allows them to learn more about the Department of Public Services,” said Schneck.

A wintery scene of Santa painted on a snowplow.

Prior to the event, the DPS challenged students to view the plows as a canvas for their creativity. The guideline for decorating is that the plows need to showcase the pride of the community and incorporate reasons they love living in Rochester Hills. 

“Paint the Plows was so much fun! I met new friends from Reuther and other schools too! I can’t wait to see all the amazing artwork driving around Rochester Hills,” said Catherine Watterson, a student participant from Reuther Middle School. 

A wintery scene of a snowman painted on a snowplow.

The mobile murals will be unveiled during the next snowfall in Rochester Hills where the student artwork will be put to work.

About Rochester Media

Rochester Media publishes The Community Edge digital newsletter of recently posted articles from Rochester Media, a hyper-local news outlet covering all things in and around Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township. Send us you press releases and news happenings to

Speak Your Mind