The Candle Lighters Bring Family Fun to Stepping Stones School

A daughter and mother hold pizza pies in front of a pizza oven food truck. Both are wearing glasses, the girl on the left is in a black shirt, the woman on the right is in a yellow shirt.

Parents, siblings, and grandparents of students gathered at Stepping Stones School on May 16 for a special “Family Fun Day” sponsored by The Candle Lighters.

Students and their families were treated to lunch from the Pizza Vita Food Truck before gathering around tables in the school’s multipurpose room to eat together. Throughout the afternoon, families enjoyed art activities, games, and performances. The children loved dancing with their families as dance teacher Miss Leslie led the children in movement and song, ending the session with a read aloud of the book “Be You!” by Peter Reynolds. The day also included a visit from an ice cream truck, as well as the opportunity to visit student classrooms and socialize with other families.

The Arc of Essex County thanks The Candle Lighters for their generosity in supporting Stepping Stones School in so many ways, including this festive annual tradition.

The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School is a Department of Education approved private school for students with disabilities serving children ages 3-10. The school, based in Fairfield, NJ, is designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of children with cognitive impairments such as Down syndrome and other students with similar educational and developmental needs. For more information, or to request a virtual tour and assistance with an out-of-district placement, contact Robin Moses, Director of Early Childhood and Education at (862) 210-8781 or