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This Friday, May 22nd, Hopewell Elementary School along with the Hopewell Borough Board of Health will be hosting a “Walk and Roll to School Day,” a one-day event encouraging local residents and their children to bike or walk to school. The rules are simple: 1) bike or walk to school; and 2) have fun!

“The Board of Health is thrilled to co-sponsor this community-building event,” said Hopewell Borough Board of Health President Sheila Reynertson. “We want to encourage children and their parents to enjoy a spring morning in our beautiful town, get a healthy dose of exercise along the way and arrive at school alert and ready to learn. We hope to make this a monthly event during the school year.”

To get ready for the event, local bike shop Sourland Cycles will be offering complementary bike safety checks and refilling air in bike tires at Hopewell Elementary School (HES) tomorrow (5/20) from 8am-9am.

As a Borough Board of Health initiative, Walk and Roll to School Day is in keeping with one of the missions of encouraging local resident to walk more. Walking or biking reduces your environmental footprint as well as the congestion in town, provides an opportunity to exercise, offers increased time outdoors, developed a stronger sense of community, and is just plain fun!

“I’m very enthusiastic about this organized means to help parents walk/ride their children to school,” said Hopewell Borough resident and HES parent Carolyn Colella. “And we look forward to getting our exercise in a couple/few times a week by biking to school.”

The event will also serve as a jumping off point to help empower those who want to get themselves and their children moving and outdoors. In September, the Borough Board of Health, along with Greater Mercer TMA, hopes to help HES establish a walking school bus pilot program which would entail an organized, supervised walking route in town for children to get to school.

“We’re excited to see Hopewell walking and biking to school, since it helps the students stay active and healthy – also, studies show that biking and walking to school improves test scores,” said Jerry Foster, Transportation Safety Educator at Greater Mercer TMA, a public/private partnership dedicated to promoting transportation alternatives that help make a community safer and more liveable by reducing traffic congestion and improving mobility for commuters of all kinds.

For more details about the pilot program, you will receive information from HES or you could contact Board of Health President Sheila Reynertson at sreynertson@gmail.com.

NOTE: Author and publisher, Mary Galioto, is proud to be a member of the Hopewell Borough Board of Health!

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