(Paterson, NJ) – On October 31st, 2019, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held their annual Passaic County Halloween Parade. This year, over one hundred students from the Memorial Day Nursery in Paterson enjoyed a Dr. Seuss themed parade. They also enjoyed story time by Deputy Freeholder Director Cassandra “Sandi” Lazzara, who read Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days to the students.

“Every year, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosts an annual Halloween Parade for students, and we were so excited to incorporate a theme that not only was fun for the kids, but emphasized the importance of reading from a young age,” stated Deputy Freeholder Director Lazzara. “It was wonderful to see and feel their enthusiasm as they interacted with me during story time.”

The Freeholders Board Room, decorated with characters and quotes from various Dr. Seuss books, enthralled both children and parents, as they walked around the room receiving goody bags, snacks and bracelets from tables decorated by various Passaic County departments.

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Freeholder Director John Bartlett, made an appearance as “Census Count”, a play on “Count Dracula”, where he spoke of the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census, especially, undercounted groups like children under the age of five. Passaic County is using every opportunity to push the importance of getting everyone counted on the 2020 Census because funding for various community groups, programs and services is dependent on the population count.