Volunteers Honored at Annual Stepping Stones Luncheon

June 14th, 2019

On Wednesday, June 12th, The Candle Lighters and The Arc of Essex County paid tribute to the volunteers and staff of the Stepping Stones School during a luncheon celebration.  Hosted annually by The Candle Lighters and the parents of Stepping Stones students, this luncheon recognizes the efforts of all school volunteers and staff and pays special tribute to those volunteers who celebrate milestone anniversaries.  This year’s honorees included:

1 Year:
Katelynn Brenner
Stacy Davidson
Diana Neumann 

5 Years:
Roberta Polton

10 Years:
Nancy Stein

15 Years:
Carla Saratella

30 Years:
Mary Babiarz

Special recognition was also given to Stepping Stones teacher Barbara Ashurst who will retire following the 2018-2019 school year.  Throughout her 30-year teaching career at The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School, Barbara has displayed an undeniable kindness, concern, respect, and passion for her students.  Her impeccable ability to connect with each student has helped countless graduates lay a strong foundation on which to build for future learning and achieve their greatest potential.   The Arc of Essex County thanks Barbara for her tremendous service and hard work.

Are you interested in volunteering at the Stepping Stones School?

The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School, a school for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities is seeking volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year. Stepping Stones, located in Roseland NJ, serves children from birth to ten years of age. A unique aspect of this program involves a one-on-one student to volunteer concept for many of the children. This is accomplished with the assistance of volunteers from local communities.

Volunteers are needed for weekday mornings and afternoons. A commitment of ½ day per week, the same day each week from September to June is required. Please contact Judy Bellina, Volunteer Coordinator at jbellina@arcessex.org or 973-535-1181 ext. 1223 for more information.