SPOTSWOOD, NJ - International Walk to School Day is held on the Wednesday of the first full week of October every autumn. 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 once again for this year's stroll to school on Wednesday, October 2. So mark the date on the calendar.

The Spotswood PTA is coordinating 'walking school bus' drop off locations to allow Helmetta students who 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 students arrive safely at their destination in time for the school day.

Walking school bus locations are as follows:

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Memorial Middle School

  • Rainbow Lane and Charles Street at 7:05 a.m.

Appleby School

  • American Legion on Devoe Avenue at 7:45 a.m.
  • PNC Bank on Main Street at 7:45 a.m.
  • the dead end at the top of Vliet Street at 7:45 a.m.

Schoenly School

  • Easton Avenue and Madie Avenue at 8:05 a.m.
  • Burlington Avenue and Kane Avenue at 8:05 a.m.
  • Ertle Avenue and Madie Avenue at 8:05 a.m.

Walk to School Day will also feature a sign decorating contest to highlight how cool it is to walk to school. A winner will be chosen for the Memorial, Appleby and Schoenly Schools. All poster-making participants will receive a special giveaway courtesy of the Spotswood PTA.

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

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