Community Life

Scotch Plains Leaders Honored at Camp Yachad’s ‘Heroes Day’

Camp Yachad kids high-five local heroes
Scotch Plains Police Officer Sean Silva receives a letter from a young camper. Credits: JCC of Central NJ
A young camper greets Scotch Plains Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones with a high five. Credits: JCC of Central NJ
Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith reads a note written by a young camper at Camp Yachad. Credits: JCC of Central NJ
Camp Yachad campers welcome local heroes.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – In an effort to raise awareness for local heroes, the JCC's Camp Yachad hosted local leaders on Wednesday morning to the surprise of children who ranged in age from three-year-olds to fifth graders. In attendance were law enforcement officials, firefighters and local government leaders.

The idea introducing young campers to local community leaders was the brainchild of Camp Yachad’s Director of Fun Justin Kaufman, collaborated the idea with co-directors Mallory Zipkin and Jodi Hotra in the Fall of 2016. The week of Independence Day was strategically selected as a date because they thought it would be a good idea to expose campers and put a face to some of the community leaders.

For the children, being up close and personal with the local heroes offered a valuable perspective. Of course, standing next to a huge fire truck would also put a smile on just about any kid’s face, too.  

Sign Up for E-News

“You could just see the excitement on their faces,” said Zipkin. “We had each unit of different ages of campers ask questions and say what a hero meant to them. It was so fun to see the responses that kids came up with – there were some really deep thoughts from some really young children.”

Campers distributed handwritten thank you cards and signs to the community leaders in a showing of gratitude. Among those in attendance were Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, Lieutenant Beverly Peal, Officer Sean Silva and members of the Scotch Plains Fire Department.

“It was an incredible opportunity to be a participant in Camp Yachad’s ‘Heroes Day,’” suggested Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith. “The camp is an amazing program, and all at the JCC should be proud.”

The JCC of Central New Jersey hopes to build off this successful event through its ‘Grateful for Our Local Heroes’ initiative, in which they are hosting a series of events from July 23-26 to honor local community leaders. The public is invited to participate by baking and delivering treats. For more information, contact Randi Zucker at 908-889-8800 x253 via email at rzucker@jccnj.org.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Karate Program for People with Special Needs Will Begin on Aug. 3

July 26, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced a Karate Program for People with Special Needs, beginning Thursday, August 3.

The program will run every Thursday from August 3 - September 7 (excluding August 17) from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. (ages 5-15) and 8:00 - 8:45 p.m. (ages 16 and older). The program will take place at the Clark Recreation Center, 430 Westfield ...

Fanwood: Jersey’s Best Kept Secret

 

At less than 30 miles to NYC, Fanwood offers a wonderful small town feel. Fanwood is 1.3 square miles in size with a population of approximately 7,300 residents. Appealing to young families, commuters, as well as baby boomers looking to downsize, it is the perfect location to call home.

Fanwood offers:

Pretty Victorian-style train station at the town center and a bus line to ...

Mayor of Scotch Plains Invites All to the July 19th Downtown Redevelopment Meeting

July 17, 2017

Dear Editor:

When I ran for office last year, the second point of my Five-Point Plan was downtown redevelopment. If you have been watching the Township Council meetings or reading various news outlets, you know the Council has made good progress on downtown redevelopment. 

Specifically, the Township Council established a Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee in March and ...

Fanwood: New Jersey's Best Kept Secret

July 24, 2017

At less than 30 miles to NYC, Fanwood offers a wonderful small town feel. Fanwood is 1.3 square miles in size with a population of approximately 7,300 residents. Appealing to young families, commuters, as well as baby boomers looking to downsize, it is the perfect location to call home.

Fanwood offers:

Pretty Victorian style train station at the town center and a bus line to Port ...

Union County College Foundation’s 2nd Annual “Close the Gap” Campaign Surpasses Goal

July 26, 2017

CRANFORD – With over 100 guests and volunteers in attendance, the Union County College Foundation surpassed their goal and raised nearly $40,000 at their 2nd Annual Close the Gap Campaign cocktail reception.

Held last week in the Richel Student Commons at the College’s Cranford campus, this campaign was developed by a small group of dedicated community volunteers to support the ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, July 30, 4:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant Bar Private Events, Scotch Plains

Grillestone Prime Rib & Dinner Buffet

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_da7af9902b013e70ea14_raw_bar_wednesday

Wed, August 2, 3:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant Bar Private Event Space, Scotch Plains

Raw Bar Wednesday

Food & Drink