Rockford Christian School students participate in the school’s annual bike-a-thon to raise much-needed funds. Almost $18,000 was raised by the student body at Rockford Christian School (RCS) during their third annual bike-a-thon. Over 60 percent of the students participated in the event, with each student averaging $123 in donations. This year’s bike-a-thon kicked off the first full week of school in September. Students were given a few weeks to collect pledges or donations. The event was scheduled for October 3, but, due to the inclement weather, was postponed until October 10. More than 145 students rode, bladed or walked for their pledges. To inspire the middle school students, eighth-grade science teacher, David Buth, an avid bike rider, tallied his miles for the month of September and challenged the middle school students to match his miles. He logged just over 1,000 miles for the month of September, challenging each middle school student to ride at least 15.5 miles. The students logged a total of 727 miles. Students who met the 15.5-mile challenge will enjoy a fitness-feast with Mr. Buth. Event coordinator Amy VanOrman said, “The amazing community support for this event is humbling. Since this is our only fundraiser for the year, we rely heavily on student participation and corporate donations. It’s a blessing to be part of something so wonderful.” The collected monies are used to fund school opportunities like field trips, grade-level environmental projects, tuition, and the school benevolence fund as well as other school-wide programs and equipment needs. For more information about RCS, please contact Principal Jan VanderWerp at (616) 574-6400.