The Rumson Country Day School (RCDS) Student Council held a fundraising Casual Dress Day in April to benefit The Monmouth County SPCA. Students donated $5 to participate in the Casual Dress Day and were asked to wear orange to raise awareness for the cause. The total raised for the day was $1,600.
A youth ambassador of the MCSPCA, RCDS 7th grader Sheridan Sainato was recently recognized by the organization for her volunteer work. Sainato’s passion for the cause was the catalyst of the Student Council fundraiser.
“My goal was to raise awareness among the RCDS community, specifically among younger students who may not be of age to volunteer yet,” explained Sainato. “There are a number of ways people of all ages can support the MCSPCA and it starts with spreading the word.”
On the day of the fundraiser, Chief Licitra and Officer Becker from the MCSPCA visited RCDS students with their furry friend Hunter in tow. Hunter, now a certified therapy police dog, was adopted when he was two months old by Officer Becker and trained to provide comfort to various members of the public, typically in hospitals, retirement homes, and schools.
“It is our job as humans to cultivate the humane treatment of animals and to treat them the way they deserve,” said Chief Licitra during his presentation.
The assembly was followed by a lengthy Q&A session. Sainato was thrilled with the response from her fellow classmates.
“Several students have approached me since the assembly to learn more about getting involved,” she said. “It warmed my heart to know that the visit made such an impact.”
“We are committed to raising socially-aware and compassionate students,” said Student Council Supervisor Tony Iannacone. “As part of this ongoing effort, RCDS students regularly participate in hands-on activities that support local programs such as the MCSPCA, The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center, Bridge of Books, Holiday Express, Lunch Break, and more.”
Photo: RCDS 7th grader Sheridan Sainato, a youth ambassador of the MCSPCA, was recently recognized by the MCSPCA for her volunteer work. Sainato’s passion for the cause was the catalyst of the Student Council fundraiser.