Caring Hearts and Helping Hands (Day Camp in the Park and the Germonds Presbyterian Church)

by Ric on September 18, 2017

You all know that we are excited about this new theme for the year of Caring Hearts and Helping Hands at Busy Bee. Last year we were fortunate to become involved with a local business whose caring hearts are on par with our school, Day Camp In The Park. Karl, Ken and Paul from Day Camp in the Park volunteered their services for our March of Dimes Charity event last year. Thus began a very special relationship that culminated last year in our end of the year field trip to Day Camp in the Park.

This field trip turned out to be one of the highlights of the year as the Busy Bee families were able to see the natural beauty of Lake Tiorati and Harriman State Park as we spent a day having fun, playing games and swimming at Day Camp in the Park. I have since spent a number of days exploring the camp and it is truly a magical place.

Day Camp in the Park would like to invite all the Busy Bee families to a special camp open house on Saturday October 7 from 11am-3pm. Families would be able to have group or private tours of the camp, use the picnic area (please pack a picnic lunch), visit all the game areas and just spend a fantastic fall day in Harriman. Day Camp in the Park will be providing a snack, water and a little gift for each family that RSVP’s and attends.

Day Camp in the Park will be offering all Busy Bee families, whether they attend or not, a fabulous deal on summer camp where if they sign up for 4 weeks at the reduced Early Bird price they get the 5th week free and if they sign up for 6 weeks they will get the 7th and 8th week free. Busy Bee’s own Miss Dena happens to run the art program at the camp as well.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Mr. Ric or to Karl at Day Camp in the Park at

For the past 35 years Busy Bee has had such a wonderful symbiotic relationship with the Germonds Presbyterian Church. The church has been so very supportive of our many endeavors and Busy Bee tries to support the church in so many of their charitable events. That being said we are both working together with the garden outside. Over the next two weeks the children will be visiting and harvesting vegetables from the garden. All food that is collected will donated directly to People to People of Rockland.

The Germonds Church is currently creating something called Blizzard Boxes to donate to Meal on Wheels of Rockland. The boxes are an assortment of donated, non-perishable food items packed into a shoebox. The shoeboxes are delivered to recipients of the Meals On Wheels Homebound Program in case typical food deliveries are halted due to weather-related or other emergencies. Each year Meal on Wheels delivers over 3,00 boxes to the frail and elderly beginning in October.

Busy Bee will never ask our families to do any sort of fundraising for our school but after being a part of this community for 35 years, we do love to do lots of charity work. We are asking families to team up with the Germonds Church and participate in the Blizzard Box program. Beginning tomorrow, Busy Bee will have Blizzard Box directions available for parents and hanging up outside the classrooms. Staring off the school year supporting local organizations like People to People and Meals on Wheels is a fantastic way to teach the children how our helping hands can make a difference in our community.

Mr. Ric

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