Over the weekend, my daughter Ella and I had a great time on the campaign trail. Part of what made both days so fun was seeing one example after another of why Chester is such a special place.
At the entrance to ShopRite, the Girl Scouts were selling cookies. Inside the store, the employees were raising money for Autism Speaks. And at the exit, the Knights of Columbus were collecting items for their food drive (we hope they like croutons and salad dressing).
Ella and I swung by the fire house to donate some clothes to the Ladies Auxiliary clothing drive, and made a pitstop at Dunkin Donuts where we met a bunch of parents fueling up for a full day of soccer. The UPS Store was busy, and so was the Post Office. Once we got the errands out of the way, we knocked on doors.
Whether we were on Parker Road or Hardin Court or Cricket Lane, we heard a lot of the same thing: deep pride in our community. We met a dad whose son nailed his performance in the Black River Middle School’s Wizard of Oz. We met a young family on their way out the door to go hiking here in town. And we met more than a few people who reminisced about their children going through our schools and landing rewarding careers.
Ella had a blast – with Girl Scout cookies and donut holes, what’s not to love? – but I hope as she grows up she starts to understand how special her hometown is. I’m running for Chester Township Council to help bring our town’s strong sense of service and community into the next decade. As we were reminded this weekend, it’s what makes so many people proud to live here – and central to attracting new residents in the future.