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Tue, Aug 28, 2012

Calling All 3rd Grade Artists!

PHOENIX (Aug. 28, 2012) – The eighth annual Cool Transit STUFF contest kicks off with an invite to all 3rd graders in Maricopa County that love to draw city buses or trains. With the theme, Valley Metro Brings the Community Together! Valley Metro is encouraging students to consider how taking a bus or train ties a community together.

The objective of the contest is to promote excitement about public transportation. Transit also provides solutions to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion.

Who: All 3rd graders in Maricopa County during FY 2012/13 school year
What: 8th Annual Cool Transit STUFF Contest
Where: Entry forms at
When: Entries accepted until Friday, October 5, 2012
How: Use the reverse side of the entry forms as the canvas! Draw a picture that focuses on one of the following three areas:

1. Going Fun Places on Valley Metro – Go far without a car, riding transit brings people in our community together.
2. Staying Safe on Transit – Riding transit is one of the safest ways to get around our community.
3. Going Green for My Community - Transit helps protect Planet Earth.  Stop Pollution and Ride a Solution: Valley Metro!
Include city bus and light rail images, family and community in your design.

Why: To be one of 13 winners who have their art displayed in a fun calendar and distributed to Valley leaders and the general public. Winners will also receive fun prizes!

Rules of the contest:
• Artwork can be drawn in crayons, colored pencils, markers, or computer drawings and must be drawn on an 8 ½ x 11 white piece paper (no lined paper).
• All 3rd graders in Maricopa County during the 2012/2013 school year are eligible to submit art.
• Artwork must be designed and created by an individual student.
• Contest is limited to one entry per person.
• Deadline for entry is Friday, October 5, 2012 at 5 p.m.
• Artwork can be mailed to:
        Valley Metro
        Attn: Transit Education Department
        101 N. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1300
        Phoenix, AZ 85003

Judging is based on successfully illustrating one of these themes, as well as creativity and neatness. For more information about the contest, contact Transit Education at (602) 523-6070.

Transit Education is a major initiative provided by Valley Metro that includes school classroom presentations, bus and light rail field trips, and community event participation.

Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. 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.

Valley Metro Rail (dba METRO light rail) is responsible for the development and operation of the region’s high-capacity transit system.  The first 20-mile light rail line opened December 2008 and served 13.2 million riders in 2011, exceeding the prior year by four percent.  METRO serves an average of 40,000 riders per weekday.  It is also planning for six extensions that will create a 57-mile system by 2031.
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