In Bicycling, Safe Routes to School, Safety, Walking

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 and Ocean County, was themed “Walking is fun for all…winter, spring, summer or fall.”

The winners are:

Sara Willis, a 5th grade student at Ocean Road Elementary School, Point Pleasant, NJ


Hakon Ericson, a 4th grade student at Clara B. Worth Elementary in Bayville, NJ


Olivia Kaczynska,  a 3rd grade student at Slackwood Elementary School, Lawrence Township, NJ



Tanvi Damerla, a 5th grade student at Millstone River School, Plainsboro, NJ


“Walking is an all seasons 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. “

The winning bookmarks are being distributed at many Ocean and Mercer County schools and libraries.  Pick one up at your local library!

Congratulations to the winners!

The 2017 Safe Routes to School Bookmark Contest will start March 2017.

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

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