WEST LONG BRANCH: On Wednesday, Oct. 4, 270 students from Betty McElmon School, Grades K-4 replied in strong voices "Good Morning Mr. Eanhardt" as their Principal announced the BME International Walk to School.
This year was the 15th year the school has celebrated the world-wide day. The walk is intended to emphasize safety and fitness all should follow.
That message from their principal got the youngsters even more excited. Holding the handmade signs for their class level, each class lined up in position to parade along Throckmorton from Franklin Lake to the school.
The West Long Branch Police provided the safety element. The fitness emphasis comes from the walking exercise.
Their gym teacher Mrs. Whitehead was among the faculty and oversaw the march with aid from some teachers and the police. She gave instructions to the group of excited pupils that were happy to listen and follow on their fast stepping dash to the school.
The ceremony celebrating the day was closed as parents who had joined in the march left the children with hugs and smiles.