"Walk to School Day," run by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, was "launched in 1997 and aims to buidl awareness of the need for communities where pedestrians are deliberately accommodated." "Walk to School Day" caught fire and is now not only a nationwide event, involving thousands of adults and children across America, but also an international endeavor, including more than 40 countries.
Having participated in the "Walk to School Day" festivities for the past seven years, Tenafly's Mackay School is no stranger to the ocassion. For this year's "Walk to School Day" campaign, Tenafly was one of 102 schools in New Jersey who participated. Among Tenafly's Mackay School, who had nearly 400 students joined in and foregoed taking the bus or jumping on the carpool bandwagon, other school districts included Cresskill, Glen Rock, Paterson, and Wyckoff.
According to Tenafly's Mackay School nurse, Barbara Lions, she said "she's gratified because it's an activity that combines health and the environment, as walking and biking to school promotes exercise as well as reduces emissions. And because parents of elementary school-aged children often escort them, the event also provides an opportuniy for parents and kids to spend more quality time together."