Issue: 13      

October 2014



South Jersey SRTS Program

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Communities can earn Sustainable Jersey certification points by participating in SRTS!

Communities that participate in the Sustainable Jersey certification program will be pleased to learn that developing a Safe Routes to School program is an eligible 10 point action item!

For more information about obtaining Sustainable Jersey points for creating an SRTS program, contact David Calderetti at (856) 596-8228 or visit


Welcome to Cross County Connection's South Jersey Safe Routes to School Newsletter! These newsletters contain in-depth articles, news items, and examples of Safe Routes to School 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 transportation.


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



Childhood Obesity Rates and Safe Routes to School


The goals of Safe Routes to School are simple; where it is safe for children to walk or bike to school, get them to do so and where it is not safe, make it safe through infrastructure improvements. There are many reasons that these goals were established, but one stands out more than others - childhood obesity rates. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.



Childhood obesity can be a result of "caloric imbalance" - too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed. The Safe Routes to School program combats childhood obesity by educating and encouraging K-8 students to bike or walk to school. Healthy lifestyle habits, including physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases. Schools can play a critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. 



Walk to School Day Activities are Underway!


Walk to School Day is October 8th and many events are taking place in southern New Jersey. Southampton Township School District started its walking program early this year. On September 24th, the Superintendent invited students from Schools 1, 2 and 3 to meet faculty and staff at the Vincentown Fire Hall. As they arrived, students received pedestrian and bicycle safety giveaways from Cross County Connection. Volunteers then explained to students how to be a safe pedestrian before walking as a group to each school. Southampton Township School District will continue hosting these events through October.


At Chesterfield Elementary School in Chesterfield and Dawes Elementary School in Somers Point, students participating in Walking School Buses were escorted by parent volunteers to school grounds. These students were also awarded safety giveaways and educational materials.

Cross County Connection looks forward to participating in Walk to School Day events at the following schools in October:

  • Sacred Heart, Mt. Holly
  • Ross Middle, Margate City
  • Tighe Elementary, Margate City
  • Sabater, Vineland
  • Spragg Elementary, Egg Harbor City
  • Community School, Egg Harbor City
  • Zane North, Collingswood
  • Fairfield Community School, Fairfield
  • Denbo, Pemberton
  • Crichton, Pemberton
  • William P. Tatem, Collingswood
  • Howard Yocum, Maple Shade
  • Maude Wilkins, Maple Shade
  • Gibbsboro Elementary, Gibbsboro

Is your school hosting a Walk to School Day event? Send us pictures and we will feature your school in an upcoming newsletter.


For more information on International Walk to School Day, visit or contact David Calderetti at (856) 596-8228. 



Cross County Connection in the News!


On September 15th, Valerie Laranko, Education and Marketing Specialist, administered Cross County Connection's 1st - 3rd Grade Pedestrian Safety Program at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Washington Township, Gloucester County. Students learned how to utilize available pedestrian and bicycle facilities and understand traffic flow from the comforts of their classroom. For more information about this educational lesson, contact Cross County Connection. You can also read the article on by clicking here




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