Issue: 2 

October 2013


South Jersey SRTS Program

(856) 596-8228



SRTS Resources:






Safe Routes News

School Districts Update Programs, Equipment and More
Press of Atlantic City | 8.14.13
Link | PDF

Chesterfield Gets Certified in State School Safety Program
Philly Burbs | 9.26.13
Link | PDF

Southampton Schools Get Lego and Robotics Club
The Central Record | 10.15.13
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Welcome to the second edition of Cross County Connection's South Jersey Safe Routes to School Newsletter! These newsletters contain in-depth articles, news items, and examples of safe routes work in South Jersey. We hope you enjoy!  


Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program that encourages children to be more physically active and creates safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from their schools. The program also encourages changes in travel behavior, supports increased traffic law enforcement around schools and educates communities about the benefits of active transport.


If your school district or community is interested in learning more about SRTS, contact David Calderetti, SRTS Coordinator for Cross County Connection, at (856) 596-8228 or



South Jersey Schools Host Successful International Walk to School Day Events

October is International Walk to School Month and Wednesday October 9th was International Walk to School Day (iWalk). Over 4,300 schools in the U.S. will host Walk to School Day activities throughout the month of October! According to the International Walk to School website, which is maintained by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, 146 schools in New Jersey have registered walking events.



At Sacred Heart in Mt. Holly Principal Carla Chiarelli presents Golden Sneaker Award to homeroom with most walkers.

Tatem Elementary school in Haddonfield receives SRTS Recognition Award at iWalk event. (L to R) Ted Stuessy; Haddonfield Police Department; Neil Rochford, Commissioner; Heather Vaughn, parent and SRTS Champion; Karen Schultz, Tatem Principal; David Calderetti, Cross County Connection; Julie Beddingfield, Sustainable Haddonfield.


In southern New Jersey, schools in the following communities have scheduled Walk to School Day activities to help promote safe, healthy, and active lifestyles to their students: Absecon, Brigantine, Chesterfield, Collingswood, Egg Harbor City, Haddonfield, Lawnside, Magnolia, Mt. Holly, National Park, Pemberton, Somers Point, Southampton, Vineland, Woodbine and others. While some schools celebrate International Walk to School Day as part of an ongoing Safe Routes to School Programs, others use iWalk as a platform to raise pedestrian safety awareness.


Cross County Connection provides assistance to schools that want to host walking and pedestrian safety programs and events for their students. In addition to assisting organizers, Cross County Connection also provides giveaway items for students including reflective bracelets, bookmarks, Clif Kids Bars, reflective book bag lights and more, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety information for students' parents. There are many ways to get your school involved in walking to school activities; a few are highlighted below.



Sam from Sahara Sam's greets students at Zane North in Collingswood.


Camden County

At Zane North in Collingswood, students were greeted by representatives from Cross County Connection, Safe Kids, the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, and Sahara Sam's Waterpark with giveaways from Clif Bar and AAA South Jersey. In Haddonfield, students from Tatem Elementary participated in numerous walking school buses and the community was presented with a Safe Routes to School Recognition Award.  






Burlington County

All aboard Chesterfield Elementary Walking School Bus.

Chesterfield Elementary not only kicked off their Walking School Bus program on International Walk to School Day, but also hosted a bicycle rodeo. Sacred Heart school in Mt. Holly presented the homeroom with the most walkers with their popular Golden Sneaker Award.  



Atlantic County

Schools in Egg Harbor City, Absecon, Brigantine, and Somers Point are working with Cross County Connection to organize their walking to school events. In both Egg Harbor City and Absecon, students met their school's principal at recreation fields near school. The students received instruction on pedestrian safety followed by school staff walking with students to school.



For help organizing Walk to School events or establishing a Safe Routes to School program, please contact David Calderetti, Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228.


Making a Difference with In-Class Pedestrian and Bicycle Education


Cross County Connection offers a free interactive pedestrian and bicycle safety program to all third and fourth grades throughout the southern New Jersey Region. Cross County Connection works one on one with the elementary students discussing: the guidelines to safely crossing the street, the trusted community members that help us arrive at our destinations, and the key vocabulary for traffic safety. By teaching smart decision making through simulating every day traffic situations, students are encouraged to participate in active lifestyles, while being educated about both the environmental and health benefits of being outdoors.


The schools that have participated so far this school year include the 3rd and 4th grades from Zane

David Calderetti, SRTS Coordinator, Cross County Connection teaches Pedestrian Safety.

North Elementary School in Collingswood, George B. Fine Elementary School and Roosevelt Elementary School both in Pennsauken, and the 1st through 4th grade at Ethel Burke Elementary School in Bellmawr.  Cross County Connection looks forward to working with the Dawes Elementary School in Somers Point and the Parkview Elementary School in Westville in upcoming weeks.


To schedule this free program in your school, contact Valerie Laranko at or 856-596-8228.





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