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Expand Community Affairs Activities with Coloring Book on Utility Poles, Safety

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Utilities can get an assist in expanding their community affairs activities and communicating important safety information on overhead lines with a customizable coloring book developed by the North American Wood Pole Council (NAWPC).

The 16-page book, Electricity from Tree to Me, is designed for children from kindergarten through elementary school. It explains how wood utility poles are made from sustainable and renewable trees.

Wood poles are among the most publicly visible assets for electric utilities, with an estimated 130 million to 150 million wood poles in place throughout North America. The coloring book explains how wood poles are made and used to carry electrical lines. It also offers important safety information about playing near poles or instances where poles may be damaged by storms or accidents. 

In addition to illustrations that can be colored, there is a word search page highlighting important words from the illustration pages.

NAWPC has created a companion lesson plan for teachers who want to use the coloring book in the classroom. The lesson plan provides learning objectives and suggestions for classroom discussions to engage students.

The book is designed to be customized with utility information on the inside cover page and the back cover. The pages can feature colored artwork, such as a utility or company logo, so it can be integrated into utility community affairs programs.

Custom color books are available for less than a dollar each for 1,000 or more copies. Quantities of 500 and 750 copies are also available at discounted prices.

The NAWPC edition of the book is available at no charge for up to 50 copies. For quantities of more than 50, the cost is $1 each. For information on customizing the color book or to order the NAWPC edition, contact NAWPC at

NAWPC is an independent council representing the producers of wood poles and crossarms in North America. The Council is supported by member companies from the Western Wood Preservers Institute, Southern Pressure Treaters' Association and Wood Preservation Canada.

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