In a recent visit from children’s book writer Sandra L. Richards (pictured at left), the children of Monmouth Day Care Center were treated to a reading of the author’s RICE & ROCKS. Illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, it’s the story of a boy whose embarrassment over the traditional dishes served up by his grandmother is turned into a celebration of cultural diversity, thanks to a favorite aunt and a talking pet parrot. The kids of MDCC were also treated to their own free copies of the book, courtesy of a generous donation from Morgan Stanley.
Monmouth Day Care Center drew over 200 families to its third annual Touch a Truck fundraiser, held at the Red Bank Middle School Saturday. Sixteen vehicles (a fire truck, limo, speedboat, bulldozer and more) were giddily honked and climbed as kids explored the machinery parked throughout Red Bank Middle Schools parking lot. Tickets were $10 per family and went toward the nonprofit MDCC’s operating costs and a scholarship fund. Were all about kids, so we wanted to do something for the kids in our community, said Heidi Zaentz, the centers executive director. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)