Jersey Schools Host Successful International Walk to School Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.