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Chatham students

Samantha Robins, 7, and Carly McDermott, 6, were among the numerous students who walked to school Monday for the start of the Chathams' .

One parent at dressed up as a Chatham Cougar, the town mascot, and donned a sign encouraging students to walk to school. The parent, who declined to be named, and participating students were greeted Monday by the borough's Traffic Safety Officer Robert Sweetin.

When Toby Kennedy dropped off Sara and Nathan Iuzzolino, who said they lived too far to walk, Sweetin told them how he grew up on the same street they lived on and walked to Milton Avenue every day as a child.

"We'll walk tomorrow," Sarah said.

Sweetin will visit all borough schools throughout the week to greet and educate students who walk to school.

A flash mob dance at Milton Avenue, scheduled for Monday, was postponed to Wednesday due to weather.

Chatham Township Police issued a Nixle alert Monday morning advising motorists to drive with caution due to higher numbers of students walking and biking to school, and reminding drivers to stop at crosswalks.

Check back Tuesday, when Chatham Patch will add photos of students walking and biking to .

Frank April 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Bad idea. This is a terrible idea for Chatham and Chatham because neither town has sufficent sidewalks to let pedestrians walk safely. No sidewalks on large stretches of Fairmount Rd in borough or township. No sidewalks in most residential areas of both towns. And most drivers will not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. How many pedestrians accidents do we need before we start installing enough sidewalks? Nice idea if this were Europe. But, American drivers (esp New Jersey) are unable to process the idea of yielding at crosswalks. Combine this with a lack of sidewalks and this is receipe for disaster. Great idea - but very dangerous for the Chathams.
Anna Tivade April 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Our kids have been training for the past 2 weeks walking to and from school. They are walking-ready! I am very happy our town is doing this. Encourage kids to be self-sufficient, independent, and responsible. It was good enough for us when we were young, right?

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