Rockford Students Care!
by TOM HOSFORD, Principal
Crestwood Elementary School
Rockford Public Schools
Our school system is blessed to have incredibly talented students roaming the hallways from the time they are in kindergarten to the time they graduate from high school! Their achievements stretch from the rigors of the classroom and athletic fields to the polished fine arts productions and beyond. There is not a week that goes by without some sort of recognition regarding student accomplishments, and this week is not an exception. I have been lucky enough to work at all levels of education in Rockford (elementary, middle and high school), and I am continuously amazed at how much our students, regardless of age, give back to the community.
Every year, the students of Rockford Public Schools give of themselves to many great and worthy causes. Whether it is a monetary donation, a canned good, an article of clothing, a pint of blood or valuable time, the students in our district treat each cause with the same amount of energy and dedication. The list of organizations that are positively affected is long and diverse. Our student body truly wants to make a difference in our community and send a positive message to society that there is somebody out there who will help during difficult times.
Last year alone, our students raised tens of thousands of dollars, donated hundreds of thousands of pounds of food and canned goods, participated in a house rehabilitation project, and spent countless hours planning and executing other various service projects. They do it all without judgment and without recognition—just from the bottom of their heart and for the good of humanity! We should all be proud of our students for their involvement in community service projects, and I look forward to witnessing the positive impact that will be made in the years to come!