After a sluggish start due to weather and partner illnesses we are, “IN MOTION!”
Our, “Safe Routes to School” map is on our township website (veronanj.org) under the Department of Health. It contains the crossing guard stations and time the guards are on duty. It also contains school locations, recreation areas, emergency service locations and township buildings. It will go into the school, “Friday Folder” on their website as well.
Our nutritional program is moving along nicely. We have held three presentations, two at our local Library and one at the parochial school in town. The presentation included a tasting of fruits and vegetables the colors of the rainbow and a healthy snack demonstration by Chef Carlos. There were over 120 preschool students and parents in attendance. We have a plan in place to present the program in six remaining preschools and will provide a nutritional theme at our summer playgrounds and recreation tent at the community pool this year.
Our exercise piece is going splendidly. We recently had a Family Hike with 62 families participating and another hike is planned on June 6th , to celebrate National Trails Day. The families enjoyed the hike and are looking forward future events.
Our coloring book, “Take Me For A Walk Please” will go to print by the end of the month. It is a story (in rhyme) about a little girl who gets her family up and moving. A simple walk provides exercise and time together for the family. The story takes place in Verona. Drawings depict familiar sites which include Verona Park, Hilltop Reservation and the Middle School track. There are also pedestrian walking tips provided.
Our Municipal Alliance Committee representative, Rosanne Bornstein and Steve Neale (Sustainable NJ Chair and Ropes course instructor) have been instrumental in getting our Ropes course integrated into the fourth grade physical education curriculum. Physical Education teachers are currently being trained and the program will begin in the fall.
A Health Department representative will be available at Verona’s first Eco Friendly Fair to promote the programs now being offered through the grant.
Verona is in motion but the work continues to make, “Verona in Motion” a household word.