FLEMINGTON, NJ – Chilly mornings have greeted students participating in Hunterdon’s Walk to School Week this week. The annual event is the official start of the spring “walk to school season” at 12 of the county’s elementary and middle schools.
The event, sponsored by HART Transportation Management Association’s Hunterdon County Safe Routes to School Program, encourages students in walking school districts to walk, rather than be driven, to school.
Throughout the week, more than 1,000 Hunterdon students arrive at school via “walking school buses.” These are designated, chaperoned walking routes. Parents, faculty members and students walk along the route, “picking up” additional students at stops along the way.
Many are motivated to participate so that their school can win the Golden Sneaker Award, a friendly competition among the participating schools. The award recognizes the school with the highest percentage of students walking to school during the event and the winning school is presented with award to display in its building. And, of course, the school gets the “bragging rights” for a year. Milford Public School is defending its Golden Sneaker Award win last year.
Participating schools this year include Barley Sheaf Elementary School in Raritan Township, Bloomsbury Elementary School, Califon Public School, Clinton Public School, Frenchtown Elementary School, Hampton Public School, High Bridge Elementary School, Lambertville Public School, Lebanon Borough School, Milford Public School, Reading-Fleming Intermediate School and Stockton Borough School.
Special thanks to Ryan Fisher, SRTS Coordinator from HART Transportation Management Association for writing and contributing this article!!