"Step right up and get your snow cones," were among the chants from the Bethel NJROTC cadets while trying to serve up their cones. On June 14th, 2012, Bethel Education Foundation hosted their second annual Family Summer Kickoff. The event was scheduled from 2-6pm and had a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages including making bookmarks, a moon bounce, games, a band, and even a DJ. "The turnout has been amazing and the Bethel Ed fund is so proud and honored to be a part of this," said Courtney Martin, Board member of Bethel Education Foundation. The weather was sunny and many kids and their families had turned up for the event on Bethel Middle School's field between the school and Rockwell school.
"Today really turned out to be a beautiful day with good food and everyone having a ball," said Office Hayes of the Bethel Police Department as he stood in front of his police cruiser making sure everyone was safe in the area.
The event in itself had over 350 pre sale tickets and over 200 additional people showed up in attendance. There were over 60 volunteers including students from the Bethel Schools, Bethel High School's NJROTC Cadets, St. Mary's School, Immaculate High School and many others.
"It was so nice to see kids from all over Bethel to help with this event today," said Maureen Tyra, also a board member of Bethel Education Foundation.
"As you can see, we are only half way through today's event and there are still people coming in," Tyra also commented.
For the entertainment there were was a band named 'Marmalade Sky' which composed of 6th and 7th graders from Bethel Middle School and there were also DJs who were Bethel High School alumuni's. Performances also from Bethel Winterguard and Bethel School od Dance Zumbatastic was also shown. Raffles were done throughout the day as well as face painting, and if you were lucky, you were greeted by Zooky the clown.
Games were offered to the kids such as kick ball, wiffle ball, and soccer. Over 23 sponsors were in participation to help make this event possible for the children and their families. A special thanks goes out to Bob Germinaro and Team, Dr. Janice Jordan, Deb Sutton, and Amanda Riley.