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Nov 01, 2019

RCDS Collects Candy During Charitable Season

Members of Rumson Country Day School’s Service Learning Program plan to collect leftover Halloween candy to donate to Holiday Express while the Parent Council recently announced its annual coat drive. The coat drive will run through Friday, Nov. 8 to benefit Family and Children’s Services. RCDS will continue to provide opportunities throughout the 2019-20 school year for its community to give back.  

This comes on the tail of the school’s generous Crop Walk donation. Historically, one of the largest rice and beans donors, the Rumson Country Day School community was proud to contribute 4,450 pounds to the total 17,000 pounds of food collected for the 39th annual Red Bank Crop Walk held Oct. 20. 

“Service opportunities like the Crop Walk make you realize you can be part of something bigger,” said seventh grader Finn Carton. “The RCDS Service Program allows us to volunteer for a wide variety of organizations. Whether it be sharing a joyful moment or providing food for the hungry, helping people in need or animals that need rescuing, we bond together for a good cause. It’s pretty awesome.

Finn was one of a dozen student volunteers who helped to transport the hefty haul of rice and beans to Red Bank Regional High School, where the total donated food was weighed and sorted for local food pantries. Despite the dreary weather, student enthusiasm was proudly on display as volunteers walked several miles in an effort to raise social awareness to end hunger worldwide.

“Our students have shared their kindness in every grain of rice, their sense of responsibility with every bean, and they did all of this with respect for the people in our community,” said Amy Clark, RCDS Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator. 

The Rumson Country Day School is a not-for-profit, independent, non-sectarian, coeducational school specializing in nursery through grade eight. The school enrolls students who work in small classes with superior programs in academics, athletics and the arts. Students are guided by a family of mentors who recognize strengths, nurture skills and empower confident children to be curious about the world around them. RCDS offers half-day and extended day Nursery and Pre-K programs and a full-day Kindergarten. RCDS has been recognized as a “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” by the U. S. Department of Education since 1999.