SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough teachers, administrators, parents and students from the Memorial Middle School, the Appleby Elementary School and the Schoenly School came out to participate in International Walk to School Day.

The event began in 1997. It was organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America and has been held on the first Wednesday in October ever since. In 2000, the annual walk to school went global when Canada and the United Kingdom joined in. Today, more than 40 countries around the globe lace up the sneakers and embrace the benefits of walking and biking to school.

The Spotswood PTA has been an avid supporter of International Walk to School Day and coordinated walking school buses to allow kids who are normally driven by their parents or come to school by bus to join in. PTA volunteers along with Spotswood School District teachers, staff and administrators walked along with students. The Spotswood Police Department was also on hand to help ensure the students arrived safely and of course, on time for school.

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The event couldn't have asked for a more quintessential Garden State fall day. The sun shone brightly and there was just a hint of an autumn chill in the air as kids walked along with many sporting homemade signs about the benefits of walking or biking to school.

Next year's International Walk to School Day is already inked in the calendar. It's set for Wednesday, October 10.