Thursday night was busy in Woodbridge. I'm told there was a back to school event for some Amity parents. My daughter, Fiona is in fifth grade, so on the top of my list was the Beecher Road School Parent Teacher Organization. The meeting was well attended with many parents eager to make a difference in the lives of their children and their community. The great success of the Ice Cream Social was announced; it raised approximately $1,200 for the PTO. There were also discussions about various other fundraising opportunities, such as the program at Stop and Shop where the grocery store contributes some of its profits to local schools. Parents need to sign up each year to continue to participate, and the program isn't just limited to parents. Anyone can participate and, with no extra effort or cost, contribute to the PTO.
Also attending the PTO meeting was the new principal, Gina Prisco. She spoke about various improvements at the school, such as new signs and maps to make it easier for visitors to find their way around. She brought the sort of enthusiasm and vivacity to the meeting that we have come to expect from our superintendent, Dr. Guy Stella. Unfortunately, Dr. Stella couldn't make the meeting because of a conflict.
It was also announce that there would be a ribbon cutting for the new playground this morning. Unfortunately, I'll need to miss this due to work commitments.
From the PTO meeting, I rushed over to the Warm Hearts, Warm Homes fundraiser for the Woodbridge Town Food and Fuel program. The event took place in the new tent next to the pool at the Country Club of Woodbridge. The event was well attended and helped illustrate some of the vision for the town and the club that are leaders have been working on. This was the event that Dr. Stella was at and it was good to see him, along with First Selectman Ed Sheehy, and various members of different town boards and commissions.
On a personal note, my daughter Fiona had her appendix out a week ago, and I greatly appreciated the kind words so many friends shared at the event.
A great school, a great recreational facility being revitalized, and opportunities to help those less fortunate than ourselves; it was a wonderful, though hectic, evening to appreciate some of the best that Woodbridge has to offer, and I wish more people would take advantage of all the town has to offer.