RCDS 45TH ANNUAL “WHALE OF A SALE” TO BENEFIT FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM
The Rumson Country Day School (RCDS) will host its 45th annual Rummage Sale, popularly known as “A Whale of a Sale,” on Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The sale is open to the public. Each year, the entire parent body and many of the students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, and friends work together to collect, sort, and display a huge collection of items, from boutique treasures to household and family necessities, in the school’s Blake Gymnasium.
The Rummage Sale is one of the most important fundraisers at The Rumson Country Day School, with all proceeds devoted to the financial aid program, which provides tuition assistance to many children who attend the school. Although the financial aid program is the primary beneficiary of the event, the community at large benefits from the tremendous selection of items for purchase at bargain prices.
One week prior to the rummage sale, the gymnasium becomes a beehive of activity as trip after trip is made stocking the gym with donated items. The donations are carefully sorted to cull the best items, many with tags in original packaging, for the special boutique sections of women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. In addition, the Silent Auction section is stocked with furniture, antiques, china, crystal, and collectibles.
Not to be missed is the wide assortment of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing at incredibly low prices. Particularly popular is the sporting goods section, where the selection often includes golf clubs, ski and hockey gear, and exercise equipment. There is also a huge selection of home furnishings, kitchenware, general home goods, bric-a-brac, and toys. Avid readers will find a wide book section, featuring current novels, cookbooks, children’s books, how-to books, and more. Don’t forget that Sunday, April 13 is the popular “Bag Day,” when shoppers may fill a bag provided by the school with as many items as they wish for one set price.
“The Rummage Sale is truly a special time in the RCDS calendar when the entire school community comes together, rolls up its collective sleeves, and gets down to work to make this tremendous undertaking a success for everyone it touches: the families who rely on financial aid and the hundreds of local people who depend on the affordable shopping opportunity each year,” said co-chair and RCDS parent Karin Devlin. “I hope this year proves to be our best yet.”
The Rumson Country Day School was founded in 1926 as a not-for-profit, independent, non-sectarian, coeducational elementary school set on a beautiful 13.5-acre campus in Rumson. The school enrolls 450 students in grades nursery (age three) through grade eight. The student to teacher ratio is 7:1, with an average class size of 15. RCDS offers a half-day nursery program and a full-day kindergarten. In 1999, RCDS was recognized as a “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information about RCDS, please visit www.rcds.org.