CRANFORD, NJ – Paula O’Hara, a nurse at Brookside Place School, recently started a “Pedal to School” campaign to promote healthy choices and active lifestyles.

Through a grant from Atlantic Healthy System’s Atlantic Healthy Schools A+ Challenge, assistance from the Brookside PTA and a partnership with the Cranford Police Department, O’Hara offered a school-wide bike registration, a raffle for gift cards to a local bike shop, a bike safety assembly and two new bike racks for the younger students, according to a press release from the PTA.

“We encourage our students to be active every day and biking to school is one way to do this, O’Hara said in the press release. “It was so exciting to see the new racks filled with so many bicycles today.”

For coaching throughout the program, the school worked with Erica Ohrn, health educator for Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, according to the press release.