Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association (TMA) serves southern New Jersey and shared some of their walk and bike to school events that were held during NJ Walk and Bike to School Month in April.

Gibbsboro School: Gibbsboro, NJ (April 13)
Gibbsboro School holds a walk to school event each month and coincided with their character building week, which highlights aspiring character traits to convey to their peers and to people within the community. They held a satellite drop-off event where students met at three different locations and walked with parent volunteers to school where giveaways were given to participating students.

Collingswood Green Festival: Collingswood, NJ (April 16)
There was a  Bicycle Rodeo at the Collingswood Green Festival where the fundamentals of bicycling and bicycle maintenance were taught to children. Helmet fittings were conducted for children whose helmet did not fit properly or did not have one.

Collingswood Green Festrical

Collingswood Green Festival

Giveaways were also given to children participating.

Holly Glen Elementary: Williamstown, NJ (April 26)
Holly Glen conducted their first walk to school event in the month of April and will continue to conduct walk to school events every Wednesday until the end of the school year. They met at a satellite drop-off point at the town library located down the road from the school. Once students were ready to walk, a crossing guard led them from the library to the school where giveaways were given out to students who participated. Students that participated were also given a certificate.

Sacred Heart School: Mount Holly, NJ (April 20)
Sacred Heart School conducted three walk to school events for the spring time. Their first one was held on April 20th where students were asked to walk to school and flyers were sent home with students for parents. Participating students were given giveaways for participating.

Holly Glen Elementary
Cross County Connection presented the SRTS Pedestrian Safety Program to Holly Glen Elementary school, as they were preparing for their first walk to school day. The presentation was taught to 116  second graders, 126 third graders and 119 fourth graders.  Called on students to help demonstrate the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.  The children were excited to hear about “Walking Tuesdays” and were hoping their parents would allow them to participate.  Each lesson was 45 minutes in length.

Van Zant Elementary Science Festival
Presented the SRTS Pedestrian Safety Program to Van Zant School. I met with four different 1st grade classes totaling approximately 80 students.  The lessons were 45 minutes in length and there was a lot of interactive time with the children.  Discussed bike safety with the students as well as proper bicycle maintenance checkup

Oak Knoll Elementary
Cross County Connection presented the SRTS Pedestrian program at Oak Knoll Schoo on April 1, 2016. The number of children participating in the assemblies was approximately 215.  First, second, third and fourth graders participated.  They were eager to learn and asked lots of questions.  They also enjoyed being part of the interactive demonstrations.

Woodbine Elementary School
The SRTS program was presented to the Woodbine Elementary School on April 18, 2016.  Two separate sessions to 18 third graders and 19 fourth graders were given.  The lessons were 45 minutes long.  Many of the students in this district do not wear bike helmets when asked.  In addition to the safety rules and signs for pedestrians, the importance of bike helmets was discussed.  Each child was given a coloring book, a bike safety for parent’s brochure and a word search to complete and mail to Cross County Connection. Once the word searches were received, each student was mailed a certificate for completing the SRTS Pedestrian Safety Program.

Thank you to Sean Schweitzer, SRTS Coordinator from Cross County Connection TMA for writing and contributing this blog!