South Plainfield Schools Participating in Walk to School Day
Monday, September 30, 2013 • 1:00am
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield School District will be participating in the international Walk to School Day. Walk to School Day is Wednesday, Oct. 9. On this day the South Plainfield School District and South Plainfield Mayor Anesh urge residents to walk or bike to school.
The event is being sponsored by the mayor’s Wellness Committee in conjunction with the Borough Council, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen Genco, and the South Plainfield Board of Education.
International Walk to School Day is an event that involves communities from all fifty States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and over 40 countries from around the world. This year it is expected that thousands of schools from all over the United States will participate in Walk to School Day. Walk and Bike to School day began in the United States in 1997; each year participation has increased over the previous year.
South Plainfield’s Walk to School Day is only going to be observed during the morning commute to school. The day is to promote healthier habits for children and adults for going to school as well as safer and more accessible streets.
South Plainfield Superintendant Dr. Steven Genco said, “Anytime we can work as a community in enhancing education and healthier choices everyone wins.”
Anesh said, “This will be the second year that South Plainfield participated in Walk and Bike to School Day. The Mayor’s Wellness Committee last year thought this would be a great initiative for the community, and I was surprised at how popular it really was.”
In 2012, a record number of Walk to School events took place. Nationwide, there were over 4,200 events from all 50 states that registered as participating in the day. Anesh said “my wife and I walked both my boys to school last year, and I look forward to doing the same this year. It is a great idea. The Walk to School Day really brings people together, and it heartens nostalgic thoughts of the past when everyone in South Plainfield walked to school.”
To learn more about Walk and Bike to school day, go to www.walkbiketoschool.org.