Lions Den Inclusive Playground Pancake Breakfast Held
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The Greater Washingtonville Lions Club held a pancake breakfast in partnership with the Knights of Columbus on Hallock Drive on Sept. 30. The breakfast included all the fixins and an info table describing the Lions Den inclusive playground expansion planned for Memorial Park. On each dining table were sensory items often used in special needs and inclusive classrooms such as Orbeez, water-based polymer spheres which children and parents were welcome to take home in a plastic bag, dried beans, spaghetti-like strands, and other items used to improve and exercise fine motor and other skills.
Large green recycle bags were handed out for those who wish to collect their deposit-only soda and beer cans, water bottles, anything marked 5-cent deposit, and give them to the Lions Club to help fund the playground. “It’s so easy for everybody to participate in our recycling efforts,” said Celina Rofer, who has brainstormed and organized the playground idea. “The money really adds up, and we will deliver a large can to your events or parties and then pick it up the next day. We use bags made from recycled plastic which also get recycled so there is no waste, and of course no landfill from the collected deposit cans and bottles.” Teachers who participate in the recycling efforts in the Washingtonville schools say it’s a great way to teach about both economics and the environment. “We have redeemed over 100,000 bottles and cans so far, with a goal of one million,” Rofer said.
The playground has also applied for a grant from Assemblyman James Skoufis, who has been supportive of the project.
The next two fundraisers will be a psychic medium gallery reading on Oct. 25 at 6:15 pm at the Old Dominion Bed & Breakfast ($50 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance) and an event at the Newburgh Brewing Company on Nov. 25 from 1:00-4:00 pm (details to come on the Greater Washingtonville Lions Club Facebook page). Corporate sponsorships are also available.
To learn more about any of the above events, details about the playground, or to drop off or ask for pickup of your deposit-only recyclables, please text Celina Rofer at 845-492-1715.
CAPTION 1: Celina Rofer stands beside an information table describing the Lions Den inclusive playground expansion planned for Memorial Park. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 2: The Greater Washingtonville Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus partnered for the pancake breakfast, seen here. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)