If students can bring in greatly needed undergarments and socks for underprivileged kids, teachers will wear undergarment on their heads. For the ninth straight year, Rockford Christian School (RCS) is participating in the national Operation Christmas Child program that distributes gift boxes with toys, essentials and the Gospel to millions of needy children around the world. Last year almost eight million children received a box from Samaritan’s Purse. This year, the student body will not only be collecting items for the boxes like toothbrushes, coloring books, socks and snacks, they will also be coordinating a fundraiser to pay for shipment of the gifts. One of the events is a fall bake sale. Cider, donuts, and various other baked goods will be sold during the morning and noon break. Students are also encouraged to earn money by raking neighbor’s leaves or helping their parents or grandparents with other chores to earn money for shipment so that they have personal involvement in this outreach program. Students will also be painting the shoeboxes so that the recipients have something festive to open and keep throughout the year. Many of the children who receive the boxes don’t have a place to place their personal treasures, so the boxes are sometimes just as much of a gift as the items inside the boxes. In addition, to painting more than 200 shoeboxes, students will also be writing personal letters and including pictures of themselves, and will also pack all the boxes. More importantly, students will take a box and will pray for the recipient. In addition to receiving the boxes, children around the world receive follow-up discipleship. Many children accept God’s gift of salvation as a result of Operation Christmas Child, which was started in 1970 and is now led by Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham. During the program launch, a challenge was initiated by the teacher coordinator, Katie Underwood. “If the students can collect 250 undergarments and socks, our sixth-grade teacher, Don VerMerris, will wear a pair of underwear on his head for an entire day. If we exceed the goal, our seventh-grade teacher, Julie Barrett, will also don a pair on her head. The kids are motivated by the challenge and get a big kick out of their teachers wearing the underwear.” RCS will […]
Thursday, November 5 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. Mike Cuneo will speak on Rockford Public Schools’ additions and improvements, hosted by Joan DeMaagd and Lois Armstrong. Gaming Unplugged at the Library—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, Rockford. Play tabletop sports games, test your knowledge of major league trivia and decorate sports pennants and helmets, for ages 6 and up. For more information, visit www.kdl.org or call (616) 647-3940. Wacky Science with Doug Scheer—1 p.m. at Cannonsburg Elementary School. Dr. Science makes science easy to understand. Scheer demonstrates how science can seem magical. Thur.–Sat.,Nov. 5–7 Huge Booksale—Thursday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sand Lake VFW, corner of Lake and Fifth streets, for the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library. For more information, call (616) 636-4251. Saturday, November 7 Public Sight-In Day—10 a.m. at Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club, 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta. For more information, call (616) 678-4523. Holiday Bazaar—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 425 S. State St., Sparta. For more information, call Candy Fodor at (616) 887-1342. Fingers Chicken Dinner—3 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr., Rockford. Four-piece dinner includes mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuit and honey, coleslaw and a vegetable, all for only $9. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 7-8 RSC Annual Sight-In Days—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford Sportsmans Club, 11115 Northland Drive, Rockford (between 13 and 14 Mile roads). There will be 25-, 50-, 100- and 200-yard ranges, pistols, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders. A donation of $5 per gun is requested. For more info., visit www.RockfordSportsmansClub.com. Tuesday, Nov.10 Silent Auction Benefit—5 to 8 p.m. at Rockford High School’s cafeteria, to benefit terminal cancer patient Susan VanderMeulen. Cost is $5 per person, or $20 per family. American Sewing Guild Meeting—6:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Grand Valley State University professor, Ann Keister, will present “Color Your World.” The cost is $2 for non-members and $1 for members. Refreshments will be served, and Sew and Show presented. For more information, call Mary at (616) 698-9554 or Barb at (616) 949-6669, or visit www.grasg.org. Wednesday, Nov. […]
Rockford Community Federal Credit Union donated a check for $500 to Rockford Public Schools for their participation in the Rockford Rams Check Program. The check was presented at a recent Rockford Rotary Club meeting, following a profound speech from Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler on the desperate financial situation the Rockford school district is facing. The program is simple: for every box of Rams checks ordered, a $3 donation is made back to the school district. For more information contact Rockford Community Federal Credit Union at (616) 866-8570.