Three local service organizations have come together to support the Hampton Parks and Recreation’s scholarship program by purchasing almost 100 of the newly-available resident stickers for their members.
The Hampton Rotary Club, Experience Hampton Inc., and the Hampton Lions Club all took part in the collective sticker purchase, the proceeds of which will help offset the cost of summer recreation programs for Hampton youth whose families are in need.
An impromptu letter-writing campaign initiated by Experience Hampton Inc. President John Nyhan helped to get things rolling, and the clubs did not hesitate to step up to the plate once the requests came in.
Hampton Rotary purchased a total of 50 stickers, with Experience Hampton Inc. purchasing 25 stickers and the Hampton Lions purchasing 15 stickers. The clubs distributed the stickers to their members at no charge.
“Between those three clubs, we received $900 for our scholarship program,” said Dyana Martin, director of the Hampton Parks and Recreation Department. “I can’t express how appreciative we are.”
The stickers feature an image of the Hampton Beach Marine Memorial (the “Lady Statue”) and are available for $10 each. Those currently being issued are good through 2013, and new stickers will be issued for the following year.
Residents have shown major support for the fund-raising effort through their purchase of the designer stickers, choosing them over the familiar generic-style beach parking/ transfer station decals.
"We’re up to over 500 now,” said Town Clerk Jane Marzinzik, who designed the sticker with her husband Dustin.
While most residents obtain their stickers when they come in to renew their automobile registrations, they are actually available at any time. For more information about the stickers, call the Hampton Town Clerk’s office at 926-0406; for more about the scholarships, call Hampton Parks & Recreation at 926-3932.