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Fri, Aug 30, 2013

Valley Metro Kicks Off Cool Transit STUFF Art Contest

It’s time for Valley 3rd graders to let their imaginations run free with Valley Metro’s 9th Annual Cool Transit STUFF 3rd Grade Art Contest. The contest encourages students to design an original piece of artwork for a chance to win prizes and a spot in Valley Metro’s 2014 Transit Education Calendar. The theme of this year’s contest is: Do the Ride Thing with Valley Metro! If you’re going to do it – do it ride.

“The purpose of the Cool Transit STUFF contest is to inspire students to get excited about public transit,” said Community Relations Coordinator Helen Romesburg. “Encouraging students to think creatively will help teach them about the benefits of using buses and light rail, such as improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion.”

Contest Details

Who: All 3rd graders in Maricopa County during the 2013/14 school year
What: 9th Annual Cool Transit STUFF Contest
Where: Click here for entry form
When: Now through Friday, October 4, 2013
How: Use the reverse side of the entry form as the canvas. Draw a picture that depicts this year’s theme in one of the following categories:

          1. Ride to fun places – Show people traveling on Valley Metro buses and light rail trains to a favorite spot.
          2. Ride safe – Show people traveling safely on Valley Metro buses and light rail trains.
          3. Ride green – Show how using Valley Metro buses and light rail trains can help the environment.

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

A parent’s signature is required for all contest entries. A judging panel will choose the winner based on the following criteria: how successfully this year’s theme was incorporated into one of the categories, creativity and neatness.

Contest Rules:

• 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).
• Artwork must be designed and created by an individual student.
• Contest is limited to one entry per person.
• Deadline for entry is Friday, October 4, 2013
• Artwork can be mailed to:
        Valley Metro
        Attn: Transit Education Department
        101 N. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1300
        Phoenix, AZ 85003

Transit Education is an important community service provided by Valley Metro that includes school classroom presentations, bus and light rail field trips and community event participation. These services are offered free of charge. Click here to learn more.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction 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. 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting

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