by ANA OLVERA A port-a-potty was stationed in front of Roguewood Elementary in Rockford on October 15. This all came about when Principal Michael Hibbeln told Roguewood Elementary students that if they met their fundraising goal he would do something wacky in return. The cause was to raise money for the school’s PTO by doing a walk. The school’s PTO funds transportation for field trips, after-school programs, start-up costs for teachers, and books for the library, among other things. One night while brainstorming ideas, Hibbeln’s two children suggested spending a day in a port-a-potty. He figured it would be a great idea. “They (kids) avoid them (port-a-potties) like the plague,” Hibbeln joked. The idea was a gimmick to help motivate students to collect pledges. Students actually met and rose over their $20,000 goal. Hibbeln stayed in the port-a-potty from 8:15 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. He spent the day reading, listening to a radio, and doing paperwork. When students met their goal last year, Hibblen sat in the school’s trophy case. He has yet to come up with any ideas for next year.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce John Decker Chevrolet as the sponsor of its November After Hours networking event. The event is a special evening for the Rockford-area’s business community and is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2. John Decker Chevrolet, 4650 14 Mile Rd., will start the two-hour event at 5:30 p.m. John Decker, owner of the Rockford car dealership, his family and staff are excited to be hosts of the event and look forward to sharing their state-of-the-art facility for a relaxed evening of networking, food and fun. Decker plans to have the department managers conduct tours of their individual departments to give guests a full understanding of the variety of services the company offers. John Decker Chevrolet has been serving the local area for 22 years and has an excellent reputation for both sales and service. For the dealership, customer service means making your car buying experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. And it’s not just about sales. John Decker’s service department technicians are there for all your service needs – whenever or however you need them. The Goodwrench technicians want you to trust them with the maintenance of your vehicle, from regular inspections and safety checks to tires, brakes and more. They have the expertise, technology and convenient hours and the technicians are trained to service all makes and models. The team hopes that you will take the opportunity during After Hours to check out what they do. There is no charge to attend Chamber After Hours; however, in order for John Decker Chevrolet and its staff to properly plan for this event, we ask that you RSVP by Oct. 30 at the Chamber office. Please call 866-2000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and be geared up to meet amazing business leaders. The Chamber and John Decker Chevrolet are looking forward to seeing everyone on Nov. 2.
Donna Bacarella (holding a recent issue of The Rockford Squire) visits the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand with her son Jon Bacarella, his wife Shelley and their children, Talor and Layla. Aukland is a small island in the South Pacific, about a three-hour flight from Sydney, Australia. It is well-known for being the location of the filming of “The Lord of the Rings” as well as being the homeland of the “Flight of the Conchords,” a New Zealand comedy duo featuring Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.
Roguewood Elementary students will take with them many memories of their elementary years, and one that no other students in the Rockford district will share. On Thursday, October 22 the school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders participated in the annual Roguewood Pumpkin Run, a challenging 2.22-mile course. One parent, taking on the Pumpkin Run for the second time, said last year’s race inspired her to take up running and so far has helped her lose 10 pounds. “I did it last year and ended up walking most of the course,” she said. “It’s embarrassing to be beat by eight-year-olds.” “We are the only ones who do this. Every year it gets bigger and the course is longer,” said gym teacher Melanie VanDyke. She is motivated in offering the unusual event to help the kids work on being fit and learn how enjoyable it is to be in shape. VanDyke said the parents are a big part of the project, and that 26 volunteers are needed for the event. Teachers, staff, the principal, parents and other family members also participated. Everyone enjoyed water and apples after the race, and pumpkins were awarded as prizes to the first five boys and girls in each grade who completed the run. “The kids really look forward to doing this,” VanDyke said. “To see the smiles on their faces when they cross the finish line—that’s what makes it all worth it.”
Saturday October 24th marked the date for the Annual Pumpkin carving party at the Platt Family home in downtown Rockford. “This was our best turnout yet, with a total of 37 pumpkins carved and 62 guests in attendance”. “The best part of the party is lighting the pumpkins and admiring all the creative work, especially from the kids”. We don’t give out prizes for the best carved pumpkins, but we may add this to next years event. It’s a great way to get the families together for a common holiday tradition of carving pumpkins. Ken Platt made some of his delicious chili and friends and neighbors brought treats to share. Even with tough economic times we can still get together for some inexpensive fun.