SHORT HILLS, NJ –ROCKTOBERFEST is about local music, brats, craft beer and suburban family fun. The music festival celebrates the opening of Main St. in downtown Millburn, a peek into the new Hills Tavern and the first fundraiser of the year by the Education Foundation of Millburn/Short Hills.

To commemorate the event, the Ed Foundation commissioned an original t-shirt design, created by fifth grader Riley Steifman of the Glenwood School. Her use of color and traditional tie-dye swirls harken back to the American 60’s counterculture of political activism, sit-ins and civil rights marches, and of course, music.

As early as second and third grade, her teachers Ms. Dolce and Mrs. Rider would let her write words with artistic style rather than simply listing them on a sheet of paper.

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“Ever since I was little, I always sketched,” said the creative 10 year-old. “I’ve learned a lot from my art teacher at Glenwood, Mrs. Percarpio.”

Steifman also credits her art club in the fourth grade and retired Glenwood fifth grade teacher Mrs. Baker for advancing her skill and love of art. “I would love if there was an advanced art class at school”. Now that the Referendum has passed, she may get her wish.

Proceeds from the sale of t-shirts directly benefit the Ed Foundation and their annual grants to all seven, soon to be eight, Millburn Township schools. The t-shirts are available now on the Ed Foundation website, www.edfoundationmillburnshorthills.org, and will also be sold at the event.