The PTA’s 1961 Water Carnival was judged a rousing success, with more than 100 attendees, reported the Observer-Tribune. Races, junior and senior life-saving classes, and other water contests were held. First-prize winners received certificates for banana splits from Edwin Worman, owner of the local Dairy Queen.
In 1955, the PTA sponsored a proposed swimming and recreation area at Crystal Lake. The question later would be added to the regular ballot as a referendum in the February 1956 election. The referendum asked for $16,000 in leases, improvements, and equipment to make the lake a swimming pool, fishing hole, skating pond, and general recreation and picnic area, including access roads and parking facilities.
In 1956, Chester Public School announced it would open a new school library, not connected with the Chester Free Public Library, in the former visual-aids room by October 15. The library would be staffed with volunteers under the direction of a PTA committee. The state minimum for school library books in 1956 was 5000. The Chester Public School library would start with 1200 books. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune.
In 1957, during National Education Week, approximately 120 attendees heard Dr. Van Dyck, pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Morris Plains, speak on juvenile delinquency at the Chester PTA meeting. He blamed juvenile delinquency on “adult delinquency,” exhibited in such minor crimes as exceeding the speed limits. He also spoke on marriage counseling. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune