May Day Blooms Volunteers To Keep Madison Beautiful

Madison’s annual spring beautification day, held Sat. May 7, known as “May Day in Madison” attracts hundreds of volunteers who lovingly take the time to clean up, mulch, plant and weed dozens of public spaces throughout the town.

This event is sponsored by the DDC (Downtown Development Commission). Part of this annual tradition is the T-shirt Contest offered to all elementary school children in Madison. Dozens of young and eager artists submit their bright and colorful drawings, of which one is selected for the volunteer t-shirt.

Sue Whitehorn and Leslie Lajewski, May Day Committee co-chairs, have named Katie McElvany a fifth grade student at Torey J. Sabatini School as this year’s winner. They commented that, “Selecting a winner is never an easy decision. We received over 130 beautiful drawings, it is very hard to pick just one. Katie’s design was chosen because it was bright, cheerful and depicted two of Madison’s most iconic symbols – a rose and the Waverly Clock.”

Katie’s design will be reproduced on a 1,000 t-shirts, which will be distributed to volunteers who help clean up and beautify public spaces throughout town.

Donation checks should be made payable to Madison Main Street Foundation and mailed to the Downtown Development Commission – May Day, Hartley Dodge Memorial, 50 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940. For more information, contact the DDC at or call 201-400-2349.

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