John P. Faber School joined schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Days on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
The inaugural event was organized by Diana Starace of Safe Kids Middlesex County and Sue Gavin, a Physical Education teacher at Faber School. Approximately 200 staff, students, police and fire department members, and parents participated.
The students were lead to the school by the fire department who also provided a fire truck to end the line. When the students arrived at the school, they were surprised with new pallet bicycle racks that were donated by Anthony DeFilippis, the vice president of Pedestal Pallets.
Bike to School Day, a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May, builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated internationally each October. The events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.
According to Gavin “This was a great event, I am so happy we did this for the first time, and look forward to seeing it done in the future. This event would not have been successful without the support of Mr. Lubisco, Mr. Tennant. We also have the thank the Dunellen Police Department, Dunellen Fire Department, and Med Cycle for riding along with our students and showing how to be safe on a bicycle.”