SPOTSWOOD, NJ - International Walk to School Day is held on the Wednesday of the first full week of October every fall. It's been a mainstay since 1997. The Spotswood PTA is an avid supporter of Walk to School Day and is helping to coordinate the events for this year's stroll to school on Wednesday, October 4.

The Spotswood PTA is coordinating 'walking school bus' drop off locations that will allow Helmetta students that are normally bused to participate along with other families that typically drive their kids to school before heading to work. Parents and guardians can either participate in the walk with their child or drop them off at one of the walking school bus locations. Volunteers will be on hand at all of the walking school bus locations to ensure that students arrive safely at their destination in time for the school day.

The walking school bus locations are as follows:

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  • Memorial Middle School - meeting time is at 7:05 a.m. at Rainbow Lane and Charles Street
  • Appleby School - meeting time is at 7:45 a.m. at one of three locations that include the American Legion on Devoe Avenue, PNC Bank on Main Street or Vliet Street and Hudson Avenue
  • Schoenly School - meeting time is at 8:05 at one of three locations that include Easton Avenue and Jensen Avenue, Burlington Avenue and Kane Avenue or Ertle Avenue and Madie Avenue

The event will also include a sign decorating contest that depicts why it is cool to walk to school. A winner will be chosen for the Memorial Middle School, the Appleby School and the Schoenly School. All poster participants will receive a special giveaway.

International Walk to School Day is held rain or shine.

The first Walk to School Day was organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America back in 1997. The idea went international in 2000 when Canada and the United Kingdom laced up their sneakers to take part. Today, more than 40 countries around the globe participate in Walk to School Day.

Questions or concerns about Walk to School Day can be emailed to Denise Spicuzzo, the Spotswood PTA Community Liason, at dd1021@verizon.net.