WAYNE, NJ – On a cool, cloudy afternoon in Wayne’s newest shopping mall, Wayne’ newest preschool had a small and informal grand opening and ribbon cutting with Mayor Chris Vergano in attendance.
The Everbrook Academy recently opened its doors in the Trader Joe’s Shopping Center on Hamburg Turnpike, but had to put their ribbon cutting ceremony off because of the huge snow storm two weeks ago. Though the skies above looked threatening there was nothing in the forecast and the ribbon was going to be cut.
“Thank you to Chris Vergano, the Mayor of Wayne for being here and just making the time to be here and supporting our new school,” said Ilyse Negrin, the Principal of Everbrook in Wayne. “We’re really excited to be in your community, so thank you.”
Negrin spoke briefly mentioning that this preschool was “five years in the making,” and that the process was “a labor of love.”
She thanked members of her staff, especially the teachers who couldn’t be in attendance because they were inside with the first children who joined their school.
“I especially want to thank the families that entrusted their children to us this early on,” she added. “We are a new school in Wayne, and they put their trust in us; in Jen and myself and our teachers and the Everbrook name.”
“We're going to take good care of their kids,” Negrin said confidently. “We're going to make this a place where kids can thrive; where they can feel safe, and they can develop into the people that they deserve to be.”
Vergano joked with the crowd and ended his short speech with: “Welcome to Wayne. I’m sure you’re going to do very well here. You have a beautiful location, and we're very happy that you're here in the community.”
Negrin, smiling behind her mask said, “We're really excited to be a part of the wonderful community of Wayne.”
The Mayor paused with the giant pair of scissors in hand and all smiled for a photo before the ribbon was cut and Wayne’s newest preschool was officially launched.