SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On October 5th many of the South Plainfield students and parents participated in the National Walk/Bike to School Day. This event began in 1997, when the Mayor of Chicago and the Mayor of Los Angeles led the first event. In South Plainfield, the Mayor’s Wellness Committee hosted the event and encouraged all parents and students to walk/bike to school.
“Walk to School Day brings parents, teachers, children, and community leaders together to focus on the importance of physical activity, safety and walk able communities,” states walkbiketoschool.org. “Walk to School Day events teach kids and parents to think of walking as an active, safe and healthy means of transportation.”
Elena Buccino and Maureen Barnett who teach physical education at Grant School participated in the event, but noted they ride their bicycles to school on a daily basis.
“Walk to school day was perfect this year,” said South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh. “It brings back fond memories of the past and allows families a day to stroll to school in what has become a hectic world.”