In Safe Routes to School, Transportation

Greater Mercer TMA (GMTMA) announced the winners of its Safe Routes to School Bookmark Design Contest. Third through fifth graders in Mercer and Ocean County were asked to create a bookmark design with the theme “If I could walk /bike anywhere in the world, it would be…”  GMTMA applauds all the students that participated in the contest for their creative entries.     

The diversity of responses to this year’s theme was amazing”, said Cheryl Kastrenakes Executive Director of GMTMA ,” from walking to school and  rain forests, to the entire solar system, their interests and creativity really shined.”  

The Mercer County winners are Amolika Bhatia, 3rd Grade, Lawrenceville Elementary School and MacKenzie Menchu, 5th Grade, Lawrence Intermediate School. 

The Ocean County winners are Autumn Mummolo, 4th Grade, Ocean Road Elementary School and Reese Larew, 4th Grade, Cedar Creek Elementary School.  

Each winner received a $50 gift card and had their bookmarks professionally printed. The winning bookmarks are being distributed at many Mercer and Ocean County schools and libraries.  

 An additional bookmark was selected for recognition, Oliver Olsen’s bookmark was selected for Best Message “I Would Go Anywhere I Can Help.”  Oliver will receive a certificate and a $25 donation in his name to the B.E.A.T Center Food Bank in Ocean County. 

GMTMA serves as the NJ Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School coordinator for Mercer County and works with schools, communities and PTOs 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 

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