2013 Holiday Fund Raisers

January 2nd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 19, 2013

RFH Students Once Again “Shore Up” the Holiday Season

for Troops Overseas and Community Members in Need


Rumson — For many in the local community as well as overseas, holiday joy arrived in the form of items collected through the efforts of students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

RFH student organizations once again took up the reins this year, encouraging their fellow students, teachers, and community members to make donations that would brighten someone’s holiday season.

“Seeing our students willingly sacrifice their time and energy to put the needs of others before their own makes all of the effort worthwhile,” said Character Education Club Co-Advisor and Freshman Guidance Counselor Jason Lippart.

A brand-new initiative, “Dawgs for Dogs … and Other Pets Too,” was organized to assist the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in its efforts to provide relief to local pet owners experiencing financial hardship. Named for the school’s bulldog mascot, “Dawgs for Dogs … and Other Pets Too” resulted in an outpouring of support in the form of over 500 pounds of pet food, plus an array of supplies. These were delivered to needy pet owners by the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

FoodBank sent a letter of gratitude to the student organizations Character Education Club and Paws and Claws Club, who requested, collected, and organized the donations.

In keeping with another RFH holiday tradition, members of the RFH Character Education Club rallied for the troops overseas though their annual Care Package Drive.

The students requested items representing the comforts of home, including snacks and toiletries, from staff, fellow students, and community members. The collected items, enough to fill 45 large boxes, were shipped to currently deployed Marine and Navy Units for holiday delivery. This year the selected units included relatives of two RFH faculty members — Guidance Counselor Chrissy Camp and U.S. History and Spanish teacher Anna Higgins.

The Character Education Club also sponsored “Game for a Cause” in support of “Child’s Play”, a network that donates video games and gaming consoles to critically ill children in over 70 hospitals worldwide.

“Child’s Play” received a donation of over $250 thanks to the efforts of event organizer and RFH senior Matt Halfacre and all of the student participants.

The students raised funds by competing on December 14 to win the title of “Best Gamer at RFH”, which was awarded to freshman Connor Placer.

The RFH Key Club also hit the mark this year by collecting over 2,000 food items during their annual food drive benefitting the FoodBanks of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

The homeroom class of Jonathan Pennetti, Physics teacher and advisor to RFH Key Club, won this year’s in-house competition by collecting the largest amount school-wide.

The RFH Character Education Club teamed up with the RFH Social Justice Club to collect and deliver toys to local families in need through “Operation Sleigh-bells,” a charitable undertaking of Family and Children’s Service of Monmouth County.

“We are fortunate to have such dedicated members in our student organizations, and a wonderfully generous community that supports us in all of our charitable endeavors,” said Character Education Club Co-Advisor and RFH Child Study Team member Jamie Juliano.



Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations

mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885