On Sunday 5-June The ARC of Bergen & Passaic Countiesheld their 19th annual " Step up for the ARC Walk" in Olsen park Bogota. The ARC of Bergen & Passaic Counties serves over 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. From Early Intervention for infants and toddlers to Summer Camp and After School Programs for youth to Vocational Training, Job Placement, Adult Day Programs, Recreation, Group Homes and Apartments for adults; The Arc is creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential and live happy, productive and fulfilling lives.
There a limited number of participates because of the weather, but those who showed their support where lead around Olsen Park by the Bogota High School Marching Buccaneer Band. The usually course was shortened to allow the walkers to stay close to shelter in the event of rain. Between the first and second laps some sprinkles started fall. A few took cover for their own protection, other continued their effort of support. It was a morning of music proved by DJ Jeff Baratti along with games and other activities for the participants. After the walk live Music by Willie Wilson and the Willies, as food was severed by the Masons from District 2, 3, & 4 of New Jersey .
Matt Serednicky sang the National Anthem, and was joined by the attendees in singing. Then the walk was started by Grand Marshall Shea Bianchini cutting the ribbon at the start line. She was followed by the Bogota High School Marching Buccaneer Band setting the pace for the walkers. The routed covered a one and a half miles around the park. It started at the bandstand crossed over the Environmental Walkway and around Lady Bucs Softball field. It then passed the Picnic Grove returning to the start line.
For more information about The ARC of Bergen & Passaic Counties please visit their website at: http://www.arcbp.com/
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