NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Salt Brook Elementary School students and parents left their cars at home on Tuesday for Walk to School Day.
Students utilized the town’s sidewalks to walk or bike to school, many joining “walking school buses,” informal, parent-led walking groups, such as the “Tiger Friendship Bus,” which walked more than a mile, picking up additional students along the way. The usual morning car line was nowhere to be seen, eliminating traffic congestion in front of the school.
Instead, New Providence Police Officers, the Salt Brook Tiger, and numerous administrators and teachers were on hand to cheer on walkers and greet students with giveaways such as stickers, bookmarks and raffle tickets.
This event was organized by PTA members and held in collaboration with TransOptions/NJ Safe Routes to School, a non-profit organization that promotes alternative modes of transportation. All district schools participated in Walk to School Day, including Allen W. Roberts Elementary School as well as New Providence Middle School and High School.
Walk to School Day draws attention to issues such as safer streets, healthier habits, a cleaner environment and a stronger connection between the school and the broader community. The school will continue to promote walking and biking to school on a regular basis.