We invite grammar schools in Hudson County to participate in our unique
program encouraging parents to walk their children to school rather than
drop them off by car. The TMA offers a fun, interactive, and educational
presentation promoting the benefits of walking to children in grades K to
3. Hudson TMA staff also works with parents to form walking school buses so
groups of families can walk together each morning.
To "kick-off" and show support for the program, the TMA staff, accompanied
by our mascot, Buster the bus, leads a one block ceremonial march to school
with children and their parents/family members, and school staff.
Walking to school promotes concern for the environment and healthy physical
activity in children, and also improves safety conditions by lessening
vehicular congestion around the schools. It affords families an additional
opportunity to spend time together and to teach their children important
pedestrian skills. While childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in
the past 30 years, the number of children walking and biking to school has
declined. According to the 2001 National Household Travel Survey, less than
16 percent of students between the ages of 5 and 15 walked or biked to or
from school, compared to 42 percent in 1969.
Any school district, principal, PTO, or parent interested in the program can call 201-324-6222 or
See our Walk to School Program brochure.