Greater Mercer TMA recognizes local students in Safe Routes to School Bookmark Design Contest

Slackwood Elementary (left to right – Principal Jay Billy, Olivia Kaczynska, Ian Henderson, GMTMA Safe Routes to School Coordinator)

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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