SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Grinch's anual holiday ride around Spotswood has evolved since 2016. This year the Spotswood High School Troupers, under the direction of Spotswood High School English, Drama and Communication teacher Annie Raczko, will be helping the Grinch stay on the straight and narrow to spread some holiday smiles. The group came on board after being approached by Sergeant Edward Shapley last month.

The Troupers will be performing holiday carols along with the Grinch's signature song, "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch."

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear," Raczko said, quoting the holiday favorite "Elf." "In all seriousness, I hope the students realize the importance of using their gifts/talents to give back. That is the true meaning of the holiday."

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In addition to Raczko, the participating Spotswood Troupers include Carla Robins, Lindsay Solomon, Jenna Cia, Lindsey Michaels, Emily Bell, Hailey Sosnowski, Sabrina Farrell, Lindsey Ferreri, Winter Schreck and Angel Perez.

The Spotswood Troupers recently completed auditions for their annual spring play.

"This year we are doing Once On This Island, set at the Jersey Shore post-hurricane," Raczko explained. "We wanted to tell a story about how love can conquer death and the importance of how storytelling can carry our culture."

The Grinch will hit the road on Wednesday, December 18. The start time has yet to be announced, so stay tuned! If Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, the rain date for the Grinch's ride is Thursday, December 19. The Grinch and the Spotswood Troupers start their ride at the Spotswood Police Department on Summerhill Road. Other stops include the Schoenly School, the Spotswood Knights of Columbus, the corner of Wilson and Elm Street and the Immaculate Conception School in Spotswood. Their final stop will be at the Maple Street Pavilion in Helmetta. An online map of the Grinch's route can also be found online.