Hazlet, NJ- Mayor Sue Kiley announced a new community building program in her Mayor’s Update this week.
“Connect” is a program that Kiley has been developing to bring people, places and things together for the betterment of the community. The inaugural Connect session was on June 7 when Raritan High School honor students, under the direction of teachers Ms. Melissa Trenton and Ms. Melissa Gardner, met with Hazlet Senior Citizens at the Cullen Center for a session on how to use modern technology.
“I’m leaning to use my not so smart phone,” one of the seniors joked.
The senior citizens were delighted to spend time with the students and learn one on one how to connect to the internet, use their phones and iPads, and Facebook. Students had the opportunity to teach and interact with our seniors while receiving community service hour credit. Anna Barney, President of the Wednesday Seniors Group stated, “The program was a huge success and the Friday Seniors Group can’t wait to have their session!”
“It was cool,” one of the students said.
Kiley said that the June 7 session was the first of many various interactions that will fall under the “Connect” program. Other sessions will include informational sessions for all ages, a program to provide Identification Cards for our Senior Citizens, and more.