Beautiful blue skies made it the perfect day for hundreds of students and parents from Salt Brook School in New Providence to leave their cars at home and participate in the school’s first Walk to School Day of the new year.

The sidewalks were packed with students happily walking or biking to school, many joining “walking school buses,” parent-led walking groups that picked up students along the way. This is the third year that Salt Brook’s PTA has organized Walk to School Days in collaboration with TransOptions/NJ Safe Routes to School, a non-profit organization that promotes alternative modes of transportation. The Salt Brook Tiger and numerous administrators were on hand to encourage walkers and hand out giveaways such as pencils, bookmarks and raffle tickets.

Walk to School Day emphasizes the benefits of improved pedestrian safety, increased physical activity, reduced traffic congestion, a cleaner environment and a stronger connection between the school and the broader community, while making it fun for the students. The school will hold additional Walk to School Days throughout the year and promote walking and biking to school on a regular basis.