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Feb 5, 2014 1:05 PM by MELISSA CANONE

DOTD 5th Grade Bicycling Poster Contest

Today, Louisiana DOTD Safe Routes to School Program announced that it is partnering with Saris Cycling Group (SGC), a United States manufacturer of bicycle racks and cycling training products, to organize the 4th annual Fifth Grade National Bicycling Poster Contest. The contest consists of fifth graders creating a poster around the famous John F. Kennedy quote, "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride." The purpose of the contest is to promote bicycle riding among young people as a way to lead a healthy lifestyle.

One winner will be selected from each participating state and will receive a bike, bike light and helmet. The deadline for the posters is March 7. One national winner will be chosen and will be awarded a trip to the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the school will receive a designated bicycle parking area to accommodate twenty bikes and a bike/walk tracking system called The Hub.

"The contest provides an interactive activity to get students excited about learning, and provides teachers a creative way to introduce healthy living concepts," said SCG Advocacy Coordinator Heather Fortune. "This is a great technique to encourage fifth graders to simply think about the bicycle and its inherent benefits."

To learn more about the SCG Poster Contest or to participate, contact Shalanda Cole at Shalanda.cole@la.gov, or visit www.sarispostercontest.com.

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