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May is “Bike Month” so MercerMe will be featuring several bike related articles this month.

Greater Mercer TMA (GMTMA) 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 in Mercer County, NJ. Twenty schools participated and just over 300 entries were received. The winners were announced this week in celebration of NJ Bike and Walk to School Week.

Artwork by winner Angelika Gorecka, a 3rd grade student at Slackwood Elementary School, Lawrenceville NJ
Artwork by winner Angelika Gorecka, a 3rd grade student at Slackwood Elementary School, Lawrenceville NJ

The first place winner for the 3rd and 4th grade division was Angelika Gorecka, a 3rd grade student at Slackwood Elementary School, Lawrenceville NJ and Evenly Vasquez, a 5th grade student at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Trenton NJ for the 5th grade category. In addition to the first place winners, two more students were selected for Honorable mention: Shaila Sachder, 5th grade student at Littlebrook School,Princeton, NJ and Samantha Gunton, 4th grade student at Lawrenceville Intermediate School, Lawrenceville.

“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 Mercer County schools and libraries.

GMTMA serves as the NJ Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School coordinator for Mercer County and works with schools, communities and PTO’s to encourage more students to walk and bike to school safely and to improve the areas where it is not safe.

If you would like more information about the Safe Routes to School Program please visit gmtma.org.

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