The Mayor's Column
Grandparent’s Day Out Was A SuccessFebruary 01, 2017
Hundreds of smiling faces filled the Community Center on Monmouth Road as grandparents shared the day with their grandchildren at the Recreation Department’s Annual Grandparents Day Out.
On December 28 more than 600 grandparents and grandchildren enjoyed the free day together, which included a family portrait, delicious lunch, raffles, and a trip to the movies to see their choice of “Sing”, “Moana”, or “Rogue One-A Star Wars Story”.
The annual tradition, which has grown each year, is a fantastic way to usher in the New Year as it is held during the holiday break from school, when many of us gather and celebrate with friends and families. I would like to thank the sponsor of the event, the Gardens at Monroe Healthcare and Rehabilitation on Applegarth Road, whose support and generosity are vital to the success of Grandparent’s Day.
It was a great day in Monroe as both gyms at the Community Center on Monmouth Road were filled with the families as they started their day-long adventure with one another. Upon arrival, the families had their portrait taken, and later printed, framed, and available for pick up following the movie.
However, before the movie, the families enjoyed a full lunch. Even though the children were seeing several different movies the theme of the lunch was Beach Party in December.
For the raffle, every family received a raffle ticket for each grandchild in attendance. The raffle prize was a basket of fun from Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, N.J. The basket included admission to the beach, aquarium, the funhouse, miniature golf and rides.
After lunch, the grandparents and grandchildren boarded 12 school buses and were treated to the movie at the Regal Cinemas on Route 1 in North Brunswick. For many of the grandparents it is a novelty to board a school bus, which is something many of us have not done in quite some time.
Grandparent’s Day Out is a special day in Monroe as we gather the different generations and treat them to a day-long celebration as a community.
In addition, I would like to thank the Monroe Township High School Key Club volunteers who took the time during their winter break to help setup, clean-up, serve food, register and did so much more to help the event run smoothly.
Furthermore, I would like to commend the Recreation Department staff, the Gardens at Monroe and all of the volunteers for doing such a wonderful job organizing and hosting the event, and I want to remind everyone to be ready for registration to open for Grandparent’s Day Out 2017 later this year.
Please watch for registration information at the Recreation website www.monroerec.com.
Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro