Rumson Country Day School 8th Grade Carnival
For many on the peninsula the Fair Haven Fireman’s Fair signifies the end of summer and the start of a new school year. However, at The Rumson Country Day School the year has not officially begun without the buzz of its Annual 8th Grade Carnival, a tradition that dates back to the seventies. The RCDS community had one last chance to savor the summer sun on Friday, September 15 when over 400 students and their families celebrated the start of the 2017-2018 school year with a carnival on campus.
Hosted by the Class of 2018, the Carnival featured game booths from customary ring toss to the innovative lollypop tree station. Each eighth grader took on the responsibility to conceptualize and operate the activity booths themselves.
“The Carnival is the first opportunity our 8th grade has to put their class stamp on the school year,” said Head of the Upper School Bill Lamb. “As the children grow older, they look forward to making their contribution. Through their leadership, the entire school community, from our youngest students to parents and grandparents, come together for a shared experience.”
Funds raised from the carnival are allocated to the class gift – a contribution presented by the graduating class to recognize the school and leave behind a little piece of their class legacy. In the past, class gifts have included filtered ezH2O bottle filling stations, dining room tableware and an outdoor classroom space.
Eighth grader Kate Balestro is thrilled to have gained the responsibility that comes with seniority this year.
“I’ve looked forward to leading the carnival efforts for a long time,” Kate said. “It’s fun and it gives our class an opportunity to leave our mark at RCDS. Plus, everyone looks up to us now. We are role models.”
The carnival not only serves as a chance for its eighth graders to raise money, but it also gives the entire RCDS community an opportunity to come together as a family. Families welcomed familiar faces and some new as they journeyed from booth to booth on the grassy fields. They caught up on their summer vacations over classic hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill and indulged in a plethora of sweet treats.
RCDS will continue to host a number of traditional events throughout the school year including its Annual Holiday Concert, Arts Festival and renowned Rummage Sale.
ABOUT RUMSON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL:
The Rumson Country Day School (rcds.org) is a not-for-profit, independent, non-sectarian, coeducational school specializing in nursery through grade eight, with a 2017-2018 enrollment of 400+ students. The school enrolls students who work in small classes with superior programs in academics, athletics and the arts. With a student/teacher ratio of 7:1 and an average class size of 15, 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.