ROSELLE, NJ - At Roselle Public Schools, students are always the top priority. 

That’s why when some of Leonard V. Moore Middle School Principal Craig Messmer’s students were adversely affected by the pandemic, he went above and beyond to help them.

Messmer has organized his really long walk for Saturday, June 20 to raise funds for his students in need. He will be walking by himself, starting at 5 a.m. beginning at the middle school on Locust Street, and will continue to trek until midnight, walking 19 hours straight to mark the struggles of COVID-19. 

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Messmer plans to walk down each street in Roselle, waving at students as he passes their homes. Trekking at an average of 3.1 miles an hour, the average human walking speed, Messmer is expected to cover 58.9 miles on Saturday.

“The theme of my walk is ‘Challenge yourself during challenging times’,” he said. “I’m looking to teach my students to get outside and go for a long walk, learn a new language, read a book, try a new hobby and take advantage of the additional time at home and to do something positive.

“Many L.V. Moore students and their families were, and continue to be, significantly impacted by this pandemic and my hope is that this walk will be able to help those who need it the most,” the principal added.

Messmer is also doing this walk to give his sixth-grade students a special send-off as they move to Grace Wilday Junior High School in the fall.

“My walk will include special ‘shout-outs’ and personalized messages for our sixth graders since their final year at L.V. Moore ended abruptly without the normal fun activities we always have planned,” he said.

His goal is to raise at least $1,900 through a GoFundMe page that was created by the school’s Parent-Teacher Group, the event’s sponsor. To donate, click here.

Because of social distancing guidelines, students will not be allowed to join Messmer on his walk. But everyone is encouraged to follow along via live updates through Instagram.

“Principal Messmer is the perfect example of the type of dedication and commitment that Roselle Public Schools educators have to their students,” said Interim Schools Superintendent Dr. James Baker. “We have high hopes that this fundraiser will be able to provide some relief to those in need within our Roselle community.”