Stories of Excellence unveiled at RPS ceremony

CHOSEN FOR CHARACTER—this year’s Examples in Excellence students. These students go out of their way on a regular basis to make a difference in the lives of others. They were honored at a special ceremony Monday.


It has been nearly a decade since Rockford Public Schools (RPS), Douglas Photography and The Rockford Squire newspaper have teamed up to recogonize special students.

Over the years their stories have been moving and inspirational. This year is no exception. Examples in Excellence, Rockford Students Making A Difference, a supplement to the Squire was unveiled Monday, February 8.

Find your copy in this issue, pick one up at the Rockford Public Schools administrative building on Main Street or at the Squire at 331 Northland Drive.

Each RPS school has selected one student based on their strength of character to be included in this once-a-year program.

One youngster underwent open heart surgery this school year. Another has started her own non-profit organization to help the homeless to stay warm.

It was standing room only during the ceremony as parents, siblings, grandparents, school staff and the Rockford Board of Education honored the students.

Dr. Shibler, Rockford Superintendent, said he values the group effort this program requires.

“I am so proud of the partnershipRockford Public Schools has with the Squire and Douglas Photography,” he said. “It is a tribute to our community and families that we have students such as these.”

Examples in Excellence is possible because of the advertisers who support the program. Please take time to thank the ones you know and visit the ones you don’t. If you know the students in this year’s Example in Excellence, be sure to congratulate them  on this great honor.

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