Mayor John McCormac stands with second grader Gabrielle Bausch, 7, and fourth graders Grace Johnson and Colin Stiles, both 9. The students had approached the mayor about a new playground at Mascenik school.
This Halloween, the students at Robert Mascenik School #26 got more than just a bag of treats, board of education member Brian Molnar pointed out on Thursday.
They got a whole playground.
Mayor John McCormac, superintendent Robert Zega, and members of township council and the board of education gathered at the playground at the close of the school day on Thursday to cut the ribbon on a project that Iselin residents have been talking about for a while, McCormac said.
At last year's third grade food drive, three students approached the mayor to ask him for a playground at the school, said principal Judith Dudash.
"Here it is - he actually got us our playground," she said, to the students.
It wasn't just the kids asking for a place to play. At the township level, councilman James Major had been asking about the new playground for years, McCormac said.
"Get out there and enjoy it," Major said.
The playground is open to students during recess and after to come play after school, Dudash said.