WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School students, parents and teachers recently participated in National Walk to School Day for the sixth consecutive year in order to promote healthy exercise and bring attention to the need for safe streets.
The goal of National Walk to School Day, which was started in 1997, is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school.
Approximately 75 students from Kelly Elementary walked from multiple neighborhood meeting points to school along with parents, teachers and staff. The West Orange Police Department was also there to support the effort along with a group of Kelly staff members, including Principal Dr. Joanne Pollara, who walked nearly four miles to set a strong example for the students.
The event was organized by the Kelly PTA through the school’s Safe Routes to School Program. "DJ Flo" (Kelly Guidance Counselor Florence Chirichiello) provided some early morning dance music for students.
Walk to School Day is one of the many events held in West Orange Schools that underscores the district's goal of commitment to the health and wellness of its staff and students.