CARTERET—At this month’s Borough Council meeting, Mayor Dan Reiman presented mayoral commendations and circus tickets to eight Carteret school children. These were the winners of the first “What Can I Do For My Community?” contest, established by the mayor’s Children’s Charity Trust Fund, to allow youngsters to exhibit their creative talents and demonstrate their interest in their community.
Sixty children participated in the contest, according to Reiman, from three public elementary schools and the Carteret Middle School. First place winners from each school received four tickets to the Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Prudential Center in Newark, while second place winners received two tickets. Categories included drawing, writing, poetry, and music.
According to Reiman, the contest was created to encourage school-aged children to think about the many ways in which they can participate in the improvement of their hometown, and to showcase creative abilities that might not otherwise have a venue for exhibition;
“There’s more to improving a town than large-scale redevelopment projects and capital improvements,” the mayor said. “Anyone who respects their community can help make their town better in a variety of ways. Many of our youngsters are conscious of this, and are also very artistic. Our charity’s contest provided a great opportunity for our school kids to show off their creative abilities, and communicate their concern for their community.”