NUTLEY, NJ - Hundreds of current and former Nutley Public Schools students will take to the streets and parks of the township to celebrate education and the memory of John H. Walker on Friday September 28. The annual Walker-thon brings the community to raise funds for scholarships for Nutley High School students and other educational endeavors. The fun begins, and ends, at middle school on Franklin Ave named in his honor.

Walker has been described by many as a man who exhibited exemplary qualities of citizenship, leadership, compassion, teamwork and respect. He took a sincere, personal interest in all of Nutley’s students. In order to promote and encourage students to strive for these same ideals the John H. Walker Foundation will bestow awards to encourage reading to elementary and middle school students. Additionally, four high school seniors will be awarded $1,000 scholarships. The students selected for the awards must exhibit the same qualities as Mr. Walker. .

The annual event kicks off at 6 p.m from the from of JHWMS with on-site registration. The walk itself will begin at 6:45 p.m. on a route that takes Chestnut St to the paths of Yanticaw Park along the Third River. The route will then take Centre St to Franklin Ave. and return to the middle school. 

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Adult registration is $25, students can register for $10. Registration forms are at the main office of all seven Nutley Public Schools. Alumni and members of the community who wish to support the foundation can register on site. 

In addition to the four scholarships for the NHS Class of 2019,  the John H. Walker Memorial Foundation, Inc. has established awards to be given to a boy and a girl from the sixth grade class in each of Nutley's elementary schools as well as from the graduating eighth grade class of John H. Walker Middle School. Each of the recipients will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card and a Walker Foundation pin and certificate. These awards will be made to honor the memory of Mr. John H. Walker who served as one of Nutley's best‑loved educators for many years.

For a registration form or for  more information contact Sue Smith at (973) 661 2783 or Foundation president Walt Smith at 973-931-2686.

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