Valley Metro Announcing Contest Winner
Valley Metro is pleased to announce the winners of the ninth annual Cool Transit STUFF contest, which recognizes Valley third graders for their artistic perspectives on riding public transit. The theme for this year’s contest is Do the Ride Thing with Valley Metro! If you’re going to do it – do it ride.Students were asked to draw a picture focusing on one of three areas:
1.Riding to fun places on buses and light rail
2.Riding safely on public transit
3.Going green and showing how buses and light rail trains can help the environment.
There were 524 entries from 41 different schools that were judged on how well they illustrated one of these themes. They were also judged for creativity and neatness. The winning artwork is displayed in a calendar that is being distributed to Valley transportation leaders and the public. Click here to see the calendar with all of the winning artwork.
Eagle Ridge Elementary School third grade student, Emilia Betlej, was named Best of Show Winner for her unique take on this year’s theme. The student’s design is featured on the cover of the calendar. Emilia was awarded a class pizza party and recognized at yesterday’s Valley Metro Board of Directors meeting.
The purpose of the Cool Transit STUFF contest is to create awareness of public transportation among students and highlight how transit can help improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. Transit education is an important initiative provided by Valley Metro that includes classroom presentations, bus and light rail field trips and community event participation. More information about transit education can be found at valleymetro.org/transit_education.
Photo caption (from left to right): Eagle Ridge Principal Allison Barbor, Art Teacher Edee Sands, Lukasz Betlej (father), Katarzyna Betlej (mother), Emilia Betlej, Valley Metro Board Chair & Mesa Councilmember Scott Somers, Valley Metro Board Member & Phoenix Councilmember Thelda Williams, Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent. Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.