TransOptions Newsletter

Safe Routes To School - Walk to School Season
11.01.2013

Walk To School Day - OgdensburgIt was a busy, yet successful Walk to School season in Northwestern New Jersey as TransOptions nearly doubled its amount of Walk to School Days from last year across four counties.

TransOptions’ Safe Routes to School program continued its ongoing programming among five schools within the School District of the Chatham’s, Central Avenue School in Madison, Netcong Elementary School and Merriam Avenue School in Newton.

All schools held Walk to School events throughout October with the majority of them staffed, coordinated and sponsored by TransOptions. Most of these schools have formed their own internal Safe Routes to School committees and continue to prove themselves as the flagship SRTS schools in TransOptions’ service area.

TransOptions welcomed several new schools to its Safe Routes to School program. These schools either held inaugural Walk to School events in October or have Walk to School events scheduled in the near future, all assisted by TransOptions:

  • Salt Brook School-New Providence, NJ
    • October 2- Inaugural Walk to School Day with four Walking School Buses. Approximately 200 students walked.
  • Torey J. Sabatini School-Madison, NJ
    • October 4- Inaugural Walk to School Day. Approximately 100 students walked.
  • Oxford Central School-Oxford, NJ
    • October 9- Inaugural Walk to School Day with three Walking School Buses. Approximately 125 students walked.
  • Ogdensburg School-Ogdensburg, NJ
    • October 18- Inaugural Walk to School Day with three Walking School Buses. Approximately 100 students walked.
  • Oxford Street School-Belvidere, NJ
    • November 6- TransOptions will provide updates once event has occurred.
  • Third Street School-Belvidere, NJ
    • November 6- TransOptions will provide updates once event has occurred.

Andrew Lappitt with Principal Jean Maier, Deputy Chief Scott Torre and the Salt Brook Tiger at Salt Brook School in New Providence, NJ.All six new schools are also pending statewide Safe Routes to School recognition.

TransOptions would like to recognize Oxford Central School, Oxford Street School and Third Street School as the first schools in Warren County to adopt TransOptions’ Safe Routes to School programming and initiatives.

A number of new schools are projected to participate in TransOptions’ Safe Routes to School program and the next International Walk to School Day in Spring 2014 in Mountain Lakes, Mt. Olive, New Providence and Morristown.