Wear That You Care

May 12th, 2014




RFH Social Justice Club Raises Awareness and Donations

by Inviting Students and Faculty to “Wear That You Care”

RFH Social Justice Club members displaying their denim and their support are, from left to right, Secretary Olivia Puryear, Bethany Parsons, President Sonia de los Reyes, and Jess Eckhoff.

Rumson — Denim was the suggested dress code of the day at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on April 25.

Students and faculty were encouraged to “Wear That You Care” by the RFH Social Justice Club, whose members are dedicated to publicizing injustices taking place around the globe and providing support for victims.

The RFH “Wear That You Care” initiative, also known as “Denim Day”, was undertaken in support of the local non-profit organization “180: Turning Lives Around”. Participants were invited to wear jeans as well as make a monetary donation in any amount to the organization, which is dedicated to assisting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“It was so great to see everyone dressed casually for a cause,” said Social Justice Club President Sonia de los Reyes.

Denim Day was initiated as part of an international protest in reaction to an Italian Supreme Court’s 1988 decision to overturn a rape conviction. Part of the Court’s rationale in overturning the conviction was the fact that the victim was wearing tight-fitting jeans at the time of the attack.

Social Justice Club members and their advisor, English teacher Erin Burke, spent the weeks leading up to “Wear That You Care” promoting awareness through the use of flyers, school-wide announcements, an email sent to the student body, and information cards placed on tables in the school cafeteria.

As a result of their efforts, a donation of 250 dollars was raised to benefit “180: Turning Lives Around.”

Social Justice Club officers are President Sonia de los Reyes, Secretary Olivia Puryear, and  Alexandra Siwulec, Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee. Club members instrumental to the success of the event were Bram Bruno, Jessica (Jess) Eckhoff, and Bethany Parsons.



Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Press Release Writer

mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885


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