The Greater Mercer Transportation Management Authority sponsored a safe routes to school bookmark design contest with the theme “My favorite place to walk/bike is…”.
The contest was open to all 3rd through 5th graders. Twenty schools participated and more than 300 entries were received. The winners were announced during NJ Bike and Walk to School Week.
The winner for the fifth grade category was Evenly Vasquez, a 5th grade student at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Trenton. The winner for the third and fourth grade division was Angelika Gorecka, a third grade student at Slackwood Elementary School in Lawrence.
In addition to the first place winners, two more students were selected for honorable mentions — Shaila Sachder, a fifth grade student at Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton,and Samantha Gunton, a fourth grade student at the Lawrenceville Intermediate School in Lawrence.
“The entries were terrific and really captured the essence of what makes walking and biking so wonderful.” said Cheryl Kastrenakes, Executive Director of GMTMA. “When we walk and bike we get to use all of our senses, we enjoy our surroundings in a way that just doesn’t happen when we are in a car. The students reflected this in their entries with detailed pictures of such places as their neighborhood, the boardwalk, and parks.”
The winning bookmarks will be printed and will be distributed at many schools and libraries.