Education Blackboard — January 28, 2010

Ehinger named to Dean’s List at Albion


Doug Ehinger has recently been named to the Dean’s List at Albion College for the fall semester of 2009. He is currently a junior majoring in history, minoring in physical education, and playing football for the Britons.

Ehinger is a 2007 graduate of Rockford High School and is the son of Rick and Michelle Ehinger. His brother, Parker, is a Rockford High School student.

School Beat

Keep kids busy this winter with RPS activities

Rockford School Board Trustee

During the winter, when it is cold and wet and darkness falls early, sometimes it is hard to keep the kids busy after school. Most of us don’t want our kids spending all their free time in front of the TV or computer. Rockford Public Schools have outstanding after-school activities available for kids of all ages and skills. It does not have to be a sport or something that your child dislikes—make it fun for them. This is the best way to get them involved in an after-school activity.

Through Rockford Public Schools Community Services and the After The Bell Program, there are so many different classes, clubs and sports to choose from. Whether your child wants to take up archery or learn to speak French, it can be done with an after-school activity.

The key to success for your child with a new after-school activity is that you need to make sure that you as a parent are involved, as well. Parents who do not keep up with what their children do in their after-school activities are more likely to have children who do not want to continue. Support your child when they decide to take up a new activity—perhaps even volunteer to supervise or co-coach. While it may not be something that you personally loved as a child, if it is something that your child has shown a genuine interest in, it will help them grow and learn. If your child is not the most social person in the world, or is not sure where to start, consider having them attend with a friend.

Check out all the great activities in your Winter 2010 Rampage/Community Services newsletter or visit for more information. Have a great, busy winter!

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