Reader praises RPS allergy action
I am the leader of a local parent support group, Rockford Food Allergy Network. This fall, we approached the administration of Rockford Public Schools, requesting a written policy to give guidelines for handling children with severe food allergies for the district. They were very cooperative and have written a policy which will not only help to keep kids with life-threatening food allergies safe, but it will streamline the process of setting up safeguards for kids. It also contains tools which will give new parents more guidance when sending their children who face this disability to school for the first time.
Not all schools have a written policy and, if they do, they may not have had the foresight to write the policy with the help of parents who deal with this issue on a daily basis. Rockford should be applauded for the willingness to serve the needs of all their students and their dedication to a safe learning environment for everyone.
This policy will be presented to the Rockford School Board at the school board meeting on January 11, 2011. I think it would be wonderful if RPS received some positive news coverage for this.
Local businesses have huge hearts
We all know that Rockford is an unusually wonderful place to live, and we’ve already got plenty of reasons to feel this way, but I’m going to give you another one. A couple of our local businesses will melt your heart when I tell you how big their hearts are.
A few weeks ago I called Tracy at Grand Cakes in downtown Rockford to ask how much baked goods would cost for a bake sale that a few Valley View parents were working on to benefit the McGee family. I explained a little about the McGees and all they’ve been through (Dad has dealt with cancer off and on through the years, Mom has health issues, both sons have Mitochondrial disease, their home is in need of costly repairs, their washer and furnace recently konked out… there’s more, but you get the idea), and there it began. Tracy ended up donating HOURS of work, not to mention TONS of baked goods to help in our quest to raise money. She bent over backwards, getting everything made, right in the middle of a crazy week when she was also getting ready for the downtown Rockford shopping spree.
Polly from Baskets in the Belfry even donated some Truffles from Grand Cakes! (These were SO good, by the way, that I am giving them away with Christmas gifts this year.)
I hope after reading you’ll all the more be sure to patronize them and your local businesses this Christmas season and all year long, because they deserve to be blessed for their kindness. Even if you pay a couple bucks more for an item (although often you’ll pay less here in town), isn’t it worth it when these business owners give so much to our community?
As a side note, everything Tracy makes is so incredibly delicious. She uses REAL ingredients (real butter and cream) and it’s obvious, because there is no imitation or chemical flavor that you often have with store-bought baked goods these days.
I’ll choose Grand Cakes from now on for baked goods, and I’ll buy as much as possible for our home or gift-giving from Baskets in the Belfry, and I hope you will, too.
P.S. If you’d like to donate to the McGee family, you may send your check to the McGee Family Fund at Independent Bank in Rockford.