Students from Verona’s six public schools were honored at the Town Council meeting on Monday night for their entries in the Verona Environmental Commission‘s 10th annual Walk and Bike to School poster contest.
The winners were (front row) from right to left: “Walking to School Makes you Rule!” by Dante Palmer, from F. N. Brown School, 4th grade; “Be Kind to the Earth. Walk or Ride Bikes to School!” by Nick Nazzaretto, from Laning Avenue School, 4th grade; “Walk or Ride 2 School”, by Karina Squilanti, from Verona High School, 10th grade. “Walk or Bike, so your parents can sleep late! ” by Ivy Liaukus, from H. B. Whitehorne Middle School, 5th grade; “Verona is a clean and healthy town” by Zoe Flores, from Forest Avenue School, 2nd grade; People walking by Emily Ten Broeck, from Brookdale Avenue School, kindergarten.
Each of the winners received a check for $50 and an award certificate from Verona Mayor Kevin Ryan and VEC Chairperson Gloria Machnowski. Why promote walking and bicycling? To enhance the health of kids, to improve air quality and the environment, and to create safer routes for walking and biking. Over 180 entries were submitted for the contest, and all of the entries were displayed at the schools. You can see many of them in this video: