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PHOENIX, AZ — A child’s artwork that typically is posted on the refrigerator at home could receive star-studded exposure by being featured in a children’s book. Valley Metro is encouraging students, from kindergarten to eighth grade, to enter the Jeremy Jackrabbit Art Contest through Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Jeremy Jackrabbit Hops on Board is next in the series of Jeremy Jackrabbit adventure books. Along with his friends, Jeremy discovers the benefits of using alternative modes of transportation as he rides a bike and a Valley Metro bus and train to the circus. Each grade level is asked to illustrate a page based on a specific passage in the story. As an example, fourth grade youth will be asked to draw a picture that illustrates the following:
As they boarded the train, their friend Flora the Crane, was dancing, singing, and jumping quite loudly;
The others quickly joined in, with big smiles and wide grins; they were traveling safely and proudly.
To read the story and enter the contest, visit valleymetro.org/Jeremy.
The Jeremy Jackrabbit series teaches children about the importance of everyday sustainability. Past titles include Jeremy Jackrabbit Harvests the Rain, Jeremy Jackrabbit Recycles the Can and Jeremy Jackrabbit Builds a House, which will be released at ASU’s Sustainability Solutions Family Day on Feb. 20.
In collaboration with the City of Tempe, Reimagine Phoenix, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 99, ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and the authors, Rodney and Sasha Glassman, every kindergartner in Maricopa County will receive a free copy of Jeremy Jackrabbit Hops on Board.
As part of its Transit Education program, Valley Metro regularly conducts classroom presentations, field trips and transit training for refugees, as well as annual art contests for third grade and high school students.
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 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-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 us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.