Rockford’s Summer School Age kids have been fundraising all summer (car washes, can return, penny drive, t-shirt sales = almost $1000 so far) to help a Rockford BAC Lead and parapro, Brandon Amshey, with medical expenses. He found out last spring that he needs a heart transplant and has been unable to work since the end of March. A benefit dinner at Valley View (where Brandon worked) in June raised almost $1000. On August 25th, there will be a benefit dinner/silent auction at the Vestal Inn, 6225 West River Dr., in Belmont from 2:00-7:00 pm. The event boasts food, raffles, silent auction, face painting, and live music, featuring Jimmy Stagger. All proceeds will go to help the Amshey family pay medical expenses. Anyone interested in making a donation can also bring it to the RPS Administration Building (use back entrance) where the kids have canisters for donations and are having their own “in-school” competition to raise funds as well.
This summer, the Summer School Age program started a “Drama Club” with 35 of the summer school age kids. They are working on a production called “The Big Bad”, which they will be performing on Monday, August 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the RPS Administration building. The kids have been involved with all aspects of a production – script writing, props, make-up – they even have two student directors! Actors from the Rogue River Theatre Company were on hand last week to talk with the kids and give some first-hand advise.