RFHRHS Environmental Club Hosts “Fall Festival” for Two River Community

October 3rd, 2011

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2011

The RFH Environmental Club will be hosting a Fall Festival on October 8th, from 9am until 1pm. The event is intended to raise awareness in the community about conservation, sustainability and to support our local organic farms and conservation organizations. In addition, all school clubs and organizations have been invited to participate with a table and information to share with the participants.

Co-Advisors Cheryl Laviola and Susan Pagano are excited about this new event and hope that it will become an annual fest. Mrs. Laviola remarks that “this is a big celebration to bring attention to­ – especially in Monmouth County ­– the efforts being made to support sustainable practices and products. I hope that it will become an annual event and draw more than just farming organizations.”

Courtney Kurtas, a senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, is one of the members of the RFH Environmental Club who has organized a bulk of the donations for prizes by working with local businesses and fantastic restaurants like Undici, Salt Creek Grille, and Starbucks. Further, she and other club members visited the Red Bank Farmer’s Market to see a good model of farm-to-table businesses and other sustainable practices.  Ms. Kurtas said that she learned a lot just in the “organizational process of this event. I was working with local businesses and environmental organizations and found out many things about my community that are new to me.”

The Fall Festival will be located on the RFH practice football field and will feature crafts, food, raffle prizes, and music. Also available will be great food and local and organic produce, and even a nitrogen ice cream stand!

The environmental Club has long held education at the center of their mission, with many club events centered on service learning and knowledge and skill share between local coastal organizations and the student community.  The Fall Festival will be a perfect opportunity to share information and have fun with family and friends.

All proceeds will be divided between a scholarship fund for students planning on environmental studies in college and OASIS, an organization that supports inclusion and acceptance of autistic individuals by establishing farm centers that provide meaningful work, peaceful and healthy residences and community interaction.

For more information, please contact:

Kate Okeson, RFHRHS Public Relations,

908-347-2424 kokeson@rfhrhs.org

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