Family Fun Hoe-down Event Scheduled for October 2nd

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A community Hoe Down will be taking place at Apple Hill Academy on Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This family friendly fundraising event marks the 10th anniversary of the school and is a celebration of the life of Michael Farrell. Michael attended Apple Hill Academy until his untimely passing at age four due to complications arising from a chronic illness. Apple Hill Academy, located at 2500 Route 9 South in Old Bridge, is raising funds through this event to renovate a playground at the center that will be dedicated to the memory of Michael.

A community Hoe Down will be taking place at Apple Hill Academy on Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This family friendly fundraising event marks the 10th anniversary of the school and is a celebration of the life of Michael Farrell. Michael attended Apple Hill Academy until his untimely passing at age 4 due to complications arising from a chronic illness. Apple Hill Academy, located at 2500 Route 9 South in Old Bridge, is raising funds through this event to renovate a playground at the center that will be dedicated to the memory of Michael.

Dawn Farrell, Michael’s mother, expressed her appreciation and support for this effort stating, “Apple Hill Academy is building a new playground and has chosen to dedicate it to my beautiful son to celebrate his life and to remember him always. I am truly touched by this gesture and want to help them in any way to make this playground a safe fun place for Michael’s classmates and future students.” At 1 p.m., Patrick M. Gillespie, Mayor of Old Bridge, will conduct “Storytime with the Mayor” in Apple Hill’s Pre-K classroom. Mayor Gillespie will read one of Michael’s favorite books.

The Hoe Down is open to the public and will feature a combination of free and paid activities, including the first ever balloon petting zoo courtesy of renowned balloon twistologist, Robbie Furman. A preview of his work can be seen at http://www.BalloonsbyRobbie.com. Hoe Down attendees may also enjoy trackless train rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, sand art, stamping, games and an opportunity for children to design their own western bandana.

The Middlesex County Sherriff’s office will be present at the event with free child finger printing and a stranger danger presentation. Other event features include free blood pressure checks by the Old Bridge First Aid Squad and an information booth presented by the Cheesequake Fire Department.

Established in 1999, Apple Hill Academy’s mission is to provide a safe, happy and nurturing environment for young children where they can build a solid foundation for lifelong learning. More information about Apple Hill Academy is available on line at http://www.TheAppleHillAcademy.com. Jill Rivieccio, Executive Director of Apple Hill Academy, can be reached at (732) 679-2450, or via email at jill(at)theapplehillacademy(dot)com.

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