Restore Hazlet Recreational Summer Camp

Restore Hazlet Recreational Summer Camp

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Nicole Cullen started this petition to Mayor Tara Clark

Dear Mayor Tara Clark:


I write to you with an urgent plea for help on behalf of the children and families that Hazlet Recreation Summer Camp has served for multiple decades. This cut was shattering enough last year and will continue to be devastating to our community. We need your help to ensure that this essential and affordable program is returned to your residents. Not only were we ensured Camp Coconuts had only a one year contract, we were promised Hazlet Recreation Summer Camp would return this summer. Now here we are, once again, left without our much loved township camp.


Summer programs like ours are indispensable to the community’s recovery from COVID-19. If social distancing measures are still in effect, the community-based organization who operate youth programs have the expertise and relationships with young people to ensure that they can remain safe and positively engaged during the summer months. If social distancing measures are relaxed or ended by the summer, parents will be expected to return to work. We know the families that we serve likely will not be able to afford other childcare options, making the youth programs run all the more critical. The alternative, even at a discount, is still triple what our recreational camp cost your citizens.


Most Hazlet families cannot afford an outsourced, for profit camp to come into our town and utilize our resources. How is this fair to the people you serve? I think it's time that the Recreational Department be bought back even in a part time capacity especially since each municipality will be receiving no strings attached funding from the Federal Stimulus package that Congress is sending to the President to sign prior to the March 14th unemployment deadline. The Recreational Department is not only important to the wellness of all Hazlet taxpayers but for this summer programing and for the children.


We ask for your help to ensure that children and families in Hazlet have the summer programs they need to recover from this unprecedented crisis. I know there are many families who stand behind me in bringing back our Hazlet Recreation Summer Camp as we were promised last year which is why I created a petition for these families to sign and will be returning to you in the near future.


Sincerely,
Nicole Cullen

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