Residents are encouraged to hand in clothes, accessories, cuddly toys, car seats with pedestals, small toys and bicycles, participate in free movement classes, enjoy the wonders of a school book fair and buy food truck kitchens to take away.
The part of the day that the donation and food truck are dropped off ends at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome and everyone in attendance is asked to follow COVID guidelines, wear a mask, and observe social distancing.
Attendees are invited to visit watchungpto.com for full details of the day’s activities, the book fair preview and a full list of items accepted for donation during this event.
Saturday’s food truck vendors will be parked in the Bayberry parking lot and sell their take-away specialties. The Mexi-Boys will prepare traditional and vegan Mexican cuisine together with Arctic Dogs, who will hand out shaved ice-cream treats.
The PTO’s annual book fair, sponsored by Scholastic, takes place outdoors until 4:00 p.m. It offers a wide selection of books for families and children, including paperback and hardcover picture books, simple readers, chapter novels and graphic titles Buy This Day.
The PTO is also coordinating a virtual book fair, which takes place from Monday, April 12th to Sunday, April 25th. The articles can be bought online and sent directly to your home. Students and their families can purchase items from a wishlist to return books to their teacher and classroom.
If the weather is bad, the book fair will take place on Sunday, April 18th.
In addition, several free outdoor exercise activities are offered from 11 PM to 3:30 PM, including a party game class, a Zumba dance class for children by Zumbini with Allie, martial arts classes for children and adults offered by ATA of Scotch Plains Martial Arts. and a musical theater dance class offered by Theatrical Artists Prep.
Interested course participants are asked to register directly at WatchungPTO.com. Parking at Bayberry School is easily accessible all day.
“Spring is finally here and so is the spring cleaning. We welcome everyone to donate their clothes, bed linen and small household items to the PTO Spring Cleaning Collection. We hope this spring refreshment day will be both enjoyable for everyone and a source of support and encouragement for our district students, ”said Daryl Eisenberg Knegten, Watchung PTO President.
The Watchung-Parent Teacher Organization, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization, continues to be creative with its family-friendly restaurants during COVID by running fundraising drives. These partnerships have been in operation since the summer, providing a social connection for residents, a boost to restaurant operations in the area, and a PTO fundraiser for students and their families attending Bayberry and Valley View District Schools.
Watchung PTO’s ongoing efforts include Marinos Mondays, Wasu Wednesdays, and AmazonSmile, which will prompt attendees to select “Watchung PTO” from their Amazon accounts. Amazon donates with every purchase and a birthday sign with a piñata addition.