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A crossing guard helps a father and son cross on their way to Sussex Avenue School in Newark while volunteers hold Stop for Pedestrians signs in English and Spanish.

On October 5th, Communities and schools across New Jersey celebrated the 20th anniversary of Walk to School Day with special events that highlighted the benefits of walking to school. Schools were encouraged to plan events such as a Walking School Bus, a Walk to School parade, a Bike Train, or a Bike Rodeo. These events are fun ways to show students and their families that walking to school can be a safe and healthy way to start or end the school day.

At Sussex Avenue School in Newark, the school celebrated Walk to School Day with a safety messages from volunteers and partners from the University Hospital (attending surgeons/staff), FedEx, Newark Police Department, University Hospital EMS, Rutgers Medical students, NJ SRTS Resource Center.  The Walk to School Day celebration was followed by a safety presentation from the Newark police and Safe Kids Essex County. Many students participated by walking to school, some accompanied by parents, others

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Children walk to school in groups in Newark on Walk to School Day.

with their friends.

Schools in Piscataway, Somerville, South Bound Brook, Netcong, Highland Park, and many other towns across New Jersey celebrated this special occasion with walk to school, walking school buses, and safety presentations .

 

If you missed the Walk to School Day Celebration, it’s never to late to plan your own event to encourage walking and biking in your community! Find ideas for your next Walk to School Day event and contact your Safe Routes to School Coordinator for free technical assistance to get started today!

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Families in Highland Park show the It’s Cool to Walk and Bike to School sign.