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In celebration of NJ Bike and Walk to School Week, Greater Mercer TMA (GMTMA) announced the winners of its Safe Routes to School Bookmark Design Contest. The contest, open to all third through fifth graders in Mercer County, was themed “Walking is fun for all…winter, spring, summer or fall.”

The winners are Tanvi Damerla, a 5th-grade student at Millstone River School, Plainsboro, NJ and Olivia Kaczynska, a 3rd Grade student Slackwood Elementary School, Lawrence Township, NJ. Each winner received a $50 gift card and had their bookmarks professionally printed. The winning bookmarks are being distributed at many Mercer County schools and libraries.

Millstone ( left to right – Ian Henderson, GMTMA Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Tanvi Damerla, Principal Roseann Bonino)
Millstone ( left to right – Ian Henderson, GMTMA Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Tanvi Damerla, Principal Roseann Bonino)

“Walking is an all season activity,” said Cheryl Kastrenakes, Executive Director of GMTMA. “And the students’ artwork really reflected this. They did an amazing job of capturing the fun and beauty of walking throughout the year.”

GMTMA serves as the NJ Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School coordinator for Ocean 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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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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