West Long Branch: Wednesday was the Betty McElmon School’s annual International Walk to School to encourage health and exercise for Grades K-3. Students were bussed to the south side of Franklin Lake where they assembled and then walked a coned off route to the school for Week of Respect.
WLB police provided escorts, as did Principal James Erhardt, teachers and officials. Many parents accompanied the children as neighbors watched and encouraged the marchers, who were carrying posters containing their thoughts and ideas about respect and caring for each other.
Third Grader Kaley from Ms. Faccone’s class said, ”Respect means to be caring about others.”
Ashley from Miss Steel’s Second Grade class added, “We are walking but also learning about respect for other kids.”
Jake and Rebecca in Mrs. Robbins First Grade said, “it’s about being nice to others”
Mr. Erhardt and the district’s Technology Coordinator Mr. Marvel met the students as they arrived at the school with Mr. Erhardt's announcing over a loud speaker a thanks for their, “Job well done.”