PRIDE at POAC Walk Supporting
Ewing Township EA’s Annual Autism Awareness Event!
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Fantastic event at Barnes and Noble for our annual Read Across America event at Hamilton Market Place – Click here for photos!
Another Excellent turnout at the Mercer County Touch A Truck Event
The MCEA Pride Committee was out in force for the Touch a Truck event on Saturday, September 19th, at the Sun Bank Arena in Trenton. This fun-filled event, with over 20 trucks, was sponsored by the Mercer County Improvement Authority. We had an opportunity to pass out NJEA’s educational material and to chat with parents, grandparents, students, fellow educators, past and present, and members of the community about the importance of education. Thank you to the members of the committee for their attendance and enthusiasm at the event, Grace Rarich (HVEA), Beth Thompson (MCSSETA), Maureen Welsh (MCSSETA), Patty Yaple (ETEA), Ron Fell (TEA), and Duchess Lake (HVESP). Special thanks to Michael and Olive Giles (PRESSA) for coming out to help!
Touch a Truck PRIDE Team:
(Nancy Greener, Michael Giles, Patty Yaple, Maureen Welsh, Beth Thompson, Duchess Lake, Ron Fell, Olive Giles)
Jenna Mihalow, a teacher from Hamilton, was one of our first guests of the day!
More guests at our table during Touch a Truck! (Karen Mihalow, a counselor from Hamilton and Lisa Haenni, a secretary from Hopewell Valley)
Tammy Pegrem, 6th grade math teacher from Hopewell Valley, stopped by to say “Hi!”
Jamie Reise, health and wellness teacher from Hamilton, was so excited for all MCEA had to offer!
A huge thank you to all those who contributed to the MCEA PRIDE Committee’s Personal Care Drive this year. Approximately 40 boxes were taken to either Homefront or the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. You filled them to the brims with shampoo, body wash, soap, shaving cream, kids items and so much more. The administration at both locations were overwhelmed by your generosity and clearly felt the recipients would put all of the donations to good use. Thank you very much for making this drive so successful!!
The PRIDE Committee celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a Read Across America Celebration at Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Marketplace on March 2nd. Trenton’s own, Ron Fell, sang some original Dr. Seuss songs while playing the guitar for the young and the young at heart! Julie the Clown was there to do face painting and give away her popular water yo-yo’s. Our MCEA President, Christine Clark, did a wonderful reading of Cat in the Hat for the approximately 60 children that visited throughout the evening. The mysterious CAT showed up to take pictures with the children and join in the festivities. The delicious Dr. Seuss-themed sugar cookies were a hit as usual! Thanks to the PRIDE committee for their dedication!
The PRIDE committee’s program, Books for Babies, continued this year at University Medical Center of Princeton and Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell. To commemorate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, our volunteers delivered approximately fifty Dr. Seuss books to all babies and their siblings in the hospitals on March 2nd. The parents were surprised by the gesture and very appreciative of the books. Thanks to those who gave up their time to pass out the books!