Rockford students work to pay it forward

Rockford students ask neighbors to donate one dollar to purchase school supplies for a school in Grand Rapids. They are pictured here with last year’s donation. Their goal was 10,000 supplies; they were able to donate over 16,000.

Rockford students ask neighbors to donate one dollar to purchase school supplies for a school in Grand Rapids. They are pictured here with last year’s donation. Their goal was 10,000 supplies; they were able to donate over 16,000.

Megan Malley and Allison Lang met last spring with Ms. Bridget Cheney, principal of Congress Elementary School in Grand Rapids. The girls are part of a school sanctioned club, Rockford RH, for Rockford Honors, a group started last year when then Rockford High School senior, John Malley, Megan’s brother, envisioned donating school supplies to underprivileged or at-risk students in Grand Rapids.

“We chose Congress Elementary School in downtown Grand Rapids because it was listed as a school in need,” states Malley. “Then during this past school year some of the club members went and visited the school’s first grade classroom. We helped the kids with their math homework and read to them. One moment with these kids and I fell in love with them. I had the honor of playing math games and coloring a frog project with some truly terrific kids.”

Continuing their work over the summer, the group has been working toward providing these students with specific supplies they will need this fall when school starts. Their theme has been “One dollar makes a difference”.

Explaining their cause on fliers that they have passed out in many local neighborhoods, the club asks for school supply donations. If that’s inconvenient, they simply ask for a dollar. Listing the supplies they can buy with one dollar, the club hopes to garner help from the community by showing them how a small donation can go a long way in helping another student.

There are also drop boxes for school supply items at Ric’s Food Center and Family Fare on Ten Mile, where donations can be left until the end of August. The plan is to deliver the school supplies to Congress Elementary during the first week of school, Sept. 3-5. Their goal is to be able to give every child the necessary school supplies they need to succeed, including markers, pencils, notebooks and hopefully even a backpack. Community members can help as well, by donating supplies or simply giving a dollar. The club members are at Ric’s most weekends asking for dollar donations. You can give a little to supply a lot to a child who might otherwise go without.

 

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