WEST ORANGE, NJ – FOOTSTEPS for the Exceptional Child has announced that this summer it will be offering a summer camp for special needs children in West Orange. This summer FOOTSTEPS will be conducting an afternoon program at Pleasantdale Elementary School, in the morning at the same site, the West Orange Board of Education conducts the Extended School Year program (ESY). 

Due to the disabilities of the participants in the program, more support services are required than at a regular summer camp; however, FOOTSTEPS still strives to keep the cost low. One way to do so is to reach out to the community for its support. Recently, FOOTSTEPS Coordinator Candy Myrick did just this—and OAK Barrel Pub was one of those who responded. 

To this end, OAK Barrel Pub, located at 440 Main Street, will be hosting FOOTSTEPS’ first “Tex-Mex Chili & Salsa Contest,” on Sunday, May 3, at 1:00 p.m.  The event, open to the public, will consist of a cooking contest for home-made chili and home-made salsa. For a modest donation, guests can sample all the entrees and vote on their favorites.  The OAK Barrel will also be donating additional items to complete the Tex-Mex Buffet.

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According to Myrick, “Our pilot program went very well in 2014 so it’s here to stay. We are hoping that fundraising efforts such as this one will ease the financial burden on our special needs parents and make it possible for all our families to participate.” 

Entry forms and additional information are available HERE, HERE or via email footsteps@westorange.org. In addition,those interested iin participating in the contest can print out the instructions from the photo gallery above.