The Award Ceremony for the 5th Annual Idle Free Verona Poster Contest took place at Town Hall on November 4th. Winners received $50 dollars and a certificate signed by Verona Mayor. Pictured here from left to right: Maxine Haralambiev (H. B. Whitehorne Middle School), Mark Serra (Laning Ave. School), Wednesday Fischer (Brookdale Ave. School), Amelia Koellhofer (Forest Ave. School) and Peter Popowich (F. N. Brown School). Top row: Deputy Mayor Jay Sniatkowski, Councilman Kevin Ryan, Mayor Bob Manley, Councilman Michael Nochimson and Councilman Frank Sapienza.
To see all winning posters please click HERE. Verona public school students submitted over 140 posters to the contest on October 9, Walk to School Day. The posters were exhibited at schools and they will be displayed at the Verona Public Library. You can see all the posters in this VIDEO. The video was presented at the award ceremony and it is currently on Verona TV. Congratulations to all participants for helping reduce air pollution!
2012 Posters and Exhibits
Brookdale Avenue School winning poster and display
Forest Avenue School winning poster and display
2011 Poster Contest
Students Submitted 130 Posters
The VEC held its Annual Poster Contest "Idle Free Verona" on October 5th. Verona Public Elementary School Students submitted 130 posters
with compelling messages such as: "Don't Drive Your Car-You Can Walk
That Far!", "Keep Our World Magical-Stop Idling", "Change The
Future-Walk To School" and "Save The World, Because You Can't Buy A New
One". This contest started in 2009, this is its third consecutive year. All 2011 posters were exhibited at the Verona Public Library and at all four Verona Public Elementary Schools.
Did you know that an idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than
one traveling at 30 miles per hour? Vehicle exhaust causes allergies,
cancer, asthma and bronchitis. Up to 25% of NJ school-aged children are
asthmatic. Idling Is Also Illegal in New Jersey. So please "Turn The
Key-Be Idle Free!" (Click on the pictures to enlarge).
School Exhibits and Winning Posters
Laning Avenue School
F. N. Brown School
2010 Poster Contest
We had beautiful sunny weather in Verona for Walk to School Day, October 6, 2010. All four public elementary schools celebrated the day by walking to
school together and by participating in the poster contest "Idle Free Verona"
children came up with very creative messages such as
“Do not drive our rainbows away”, “Don’t bully the Earth”, “Be an Idol,
No Idling”, “Not all clouds are beautiful” (referring to pollution),
“Give your engine a rest…Make our air the best”, “Be Idle Free to Save
Energy”, “Here is the Scoop: We Don’t Idle in Verona!” and many more.
“Don't drive our rainbows away”
On November 1st at the Town Hall kids sent a clear message about
idling, don't. It was the Award Ceremony of the contest "Idle Free Verona", open to
elementary school students.
2010 Idle Free Verona poster contest winners
Pictured from left: Sydney Theilmeier from
Forest Avenue School, John Rosinski from Brookdale Avenue School, Sarah
Cole from Laning Avenue School and Kelly Esposito from F. N. Brown
School. Also Councilmember Bob Manley, Mayor Teena Schwartz, VEC
Chairman Gerard Shimonaski, Councilmember Jay Sniatkowski and Deputy
Mayor Frank Sapienza.
The Verona Environmental Commission held its annual Idle Free Verona
poster contest on international Walk to School Day
October 6. This year close to 100 students from all four Verona public
elementary schools participated with wonderful artwork.
All posters were exhibited at the schools and at the Essex County Environmental Center
(621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland). An idling vehicle emits 20 times
more pollution than one traveling at 30 miles per hour! So please turn
the key, be idle free and help us to spread the word!
Mark your calendar: Next International Walk to School
Day is scheduled for October 5, 2011. For more information please visit
Walk to School USA
Picture at top, Forest Avenue School students during their Walk to School Parade.
Pictured above, a group of very enthusiastic students and parents with Principal Lanzo at F.N. Brown School.
Children brought plenty of beautiful posters to
participate in the "Walk to School-Idle Free Verona" contest. Above,
Brookdale Avenue School students posing with a very original double
Laning Avenue School students, above, arriving to school. We have been told that their girl scouts daisies teamed up to draw their posters and we guess they earned some petals too!
Verona, October 7, 2009.
Elementary Schools in Verona
celebrated International Walk to School
Day by walking together. Students promoted safe walking and
participated in the poster contest "Idle Free Verona". The weather, far
from ideal, cooperated at the end and Walk to School Day was a success!
Above, fourth graders from Forest Avenue School didn't need to open their umbrellas during the walk. Their smiles shone all the way.
Pictured above Mr. Sampson, Superintendent of Schools, leading a group of students and parents towards Brookdale Avenue School. Great
2009 Poster Contest Award Ceremony
Council Members and the VEC Chairman congratulated the winners. Town Manager Joe Martin welcomed the children to Town Hall with Verona flags.
The winners are Nicole Thompson from Brookdale Avenue School, Sara Marriott from F.N. Brown School, Jake Maisano from Forest Avenue School and Veronica Valera from Laning Avenue School!
Mayor Teena Schwartz talked about the importance of reducing air pollution and gave children their award certificates. Winners also received an Eco-friendly water bottle and a DVD “Schoolhouse Rock Eart" 2009 edition for each of the participating schools.
Pictured, Councilmembers Bob Manley, Ken McKenna and Jay Sniatkowski; VEC Chairman Jerry Shimonaski, Deputy Mayor Frank Sapienza and Mayor Teena Schwartz; contest winners Jake Maisano, Nicole Thompson, Veronica Valera and siblings. Unfortunately Sara Marriott was sick but her father attended the ceremony on her behalf. The display shows all 4 winning posters.
Did You Know?
An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one traveling at 30 miles per hour! Vehicle exhaust causes allergies, cancer, asthma and bronchitis. Up to 25% of NJ school-aged children are asthmatic. Idling for more than 3 minutes is against the law in New Jersey! Please turn OFF your car wherever you’re parked and waiting. Ready, Set, STOP Your Engines! Picture here HBW poster contest winner.
The award ceremony took place on November 19th at the Town Hall Council Chambers. Winners received a certificate signed by Verona Mayor and a $50 dollars award. Pictured from left to right, bottom row: Bobby Donohue from Forest Avenue School, Mrs. Radigan, who received the award on behalf of Emily Wyne from F. N. Brown School, Thomas Radigan from Laning Avenue School, Diane Valverde from Brookdale Avenue School, and Julianna Spina from H. B. Whitehorne Middle School. Top row: Mayor Frank Sapienza, Council Member Kevin Ryan, Verona Environmental Commission Chairman Jerry Shimonaski, Council Member Michael Nochimson, Council Member Jay Sniatkowski and Deputy Mayor Bob Manley. Congratulations to all participants for helping reduce air pollution!
Pictured here, Forest Ave. School
Principal, Jeffrey Monacelli with students carrying posters during "Walk
to School Day" celebrations. This year pedestrian safety tips were
introduced before walking to school together.
Why promote walking and bicycling?
Please help us support safe walking and bicycling throughout the year!
- To enhance the health of kids
- To improve air quality and the environment
- To create safer routes for walking and bicycling
Pictured at top, a group of Laning Avenue School students during Walk to School Day, submitted by Nicole Kobernick. Great job everybody, let's continue walking throughout the year!
Tara Casella and Nicole Esposito from the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland by the VEC's 2010 poster exhibit.
Students' artwork exhibited at the schools.
This is a selection of some of the many wonderful students' artwork.
Parents and teachers, thank you for supporting this program!