Students, from seven public and charter elementary schools, will be featured in the 10th Annual Valley Metro Cool Transit STUFF 3rd grade art contest. Third grade students across the Valley were asked to design artwork showcasing this year’s contest theme, Valley Metro… It’s How We Roll.
Some of the winning drawings of Valley Metro buses and rail also included messages, such as “Valley Metro, Helping Keep the Planet Clean.”
In its inaugural year, about 100 schools participated in the Cool Transit STUFF calendar contest with 83 student entries. For the 2015 calendar, more than 400 schools participated and 335 students entered.
To celebrate the growing community involvement and the 10th anniversary, the 2015 calendar includes a commemorative card featuring Best of Show winning artwork from 2005 to current.
The contest is an annual program that incorporates the communities Valley Metro serves. The goal is to generate excitement about public transportation and highlight how transit helps to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion.
The winning artwork is displayed in a calendar that is distributed to Valley transportation leaders and the general public. All winning artwork can be viewed in the 2015 calendar.
2014 Cool Transit STUFF Calendar Winners:
January: Abby Rojeski of Phoenix, Midtown Primary School South Campus
February: Kylie Akey of Phoenix, Desert Mountain School.
March: Alexa Neill of Scottsdale, Freedom Academy.
April: Brooke Walton of Phoenix, Desert Mountain School.
May: Angel Valadez of Phoenix, Mitchell Elementary School.
June: Cannon Phalen of Phoenix, Desert Mountain School.
July: Celicia Archibald of Phoenix, M.C. Cash Elementary School.
August: Alisson Ramirez of Phoenix, Mitchell Elementary School.
September: Dana Wawrzyniak of Phoenix, Tumbleweed.
October: Katherine Senina of Phoenix, Desert Mountain School.
November: Katie Senseman of Glendale, Challenger Charter School.
December: Shreya Kadiyala of Glendale, Challenger Charter School.
Best of Show: Kenna Lorti of Phoenix, Tumbleweed Elementary.
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 light rail.
In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2034.
Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance.
Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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