Westfield Elementary Students Celebrate Walk to School Day

(above) Wilson 2nd grader Zoey Edelstein (second from left) won the chance to walk to school with Mayor Shelley Brindle on October 6, while inviting friends and family along for the annual tradition.

Walk to School Day

Westfield Public Schools

It was a morning of fitness and fellowship across the school district as more than 2,000 elementary students and their families celebrated Walk to School Day in Westfield on October 6. 

Organized by the Westfield BRAKES Group (Bikers, Runners, and Kids are Entitled to Safety) and school PTOs, the event is modeled after International Walk to School Day, a global effort involving communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day.

In Westfield, students in grades 1-5 skipped, hopped, and walked to their school. Some received special escorts after entering and winning a raffle for the chance to walk with a police officer, principal, school mascot, or other local dignitaries.

Wilson 2nd grader Zoey Edelstein was greeted at her front door by Mayor Shelley Brindle who escorted her to school, while Franklin 2nd grader Talia Farzad won the chance to be accompanied by Franklin principal Dr. Paul Duncan. Police Sergeant Thomas Ostrander kept pace with Kayla Marcus, a 3rd grader at Franklin, and Jefferson 4th grader Owen Hennes walked and talked with school superintendent Dr. Raymond González.

“I enjoyed meeting Owen and his family,” says González. “I love these types of events that really bring the community together.”

Each of the 6 elementary schools had banners for students to sign and “I Walked” stickers provided by Weichert Realtors.

BRAKES is an organization that works to promote safe walking and biking routes for Westfield pedestrians of all ages.

Photos by Westfield Public Schools

(above) All smiles as Wilson principal Crystal Marsh and school counselor Frank Uveges pose with 2nd grader Aviva Clarke after walking to school together on October 6.
(above) Westfield Superintendent Dr. Raymond González escorts Jefferson 4th grader Owen Hennes to school in celebration of Walk to School Day on October 6.
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