West Long Branch: Wednesday was Walk to School Day at Betty McElmon where almost 300 students, grades K to 4 gathered at Franklin Lake as busses dropped them off for teachers, parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters added to the police officers providing safety and encouragement for the healthy, fast paced walk to the school.
The walk south on Throckmorton Avenue to Parker Road, the school entrances, also saw several neighbors smiling as they watched the procession of safe travel and good exercise unfold for the youngsters, a show of community now close to a decade old.
Just under 399 students were in the event, with grade level groups accompanied by teachers and Principal James Erhardt and extra police attention at the cross streets.
Not a quiet event, the chatter and friendly conversation was wide spread and a fun day feeling filled the air, a cloudy day but not noticeable from the excitement of the walk.
The day provides safety learning, promotes social sharing among the grades and the officials on hand, Cell phones were snapping photos to record the day, with the sense of that celebration was by millions of students all over the world, emphasizing the importance of education. .