It is one of the most positive stories the Squire covers in the course of a year. Actually, it is over a dozen separate stories. From every school in the Rockford district, principals and staff have the hard task of picking just one student for a very special honor. In Examples in Excellence, Rockford Students Making a Difference, we honor young people chosen for their generosity of heart and strength of character. In a joint effort with Rockford Public Schools, Douglas Photography and The Rockford Squire, students are recognized in print, in portrait photography and in person next Monday, February 8. Photographer Dan Davison brought to Rockford the idea of recognizing kids for all they do to make a difference in the lives of others. The students are chosen by the school staff, the first step in a long process that culminates at an unveiling ceremony that will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the auditorium at the Rockford Schools Administration building. Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, school staff and the Board of Education recognize these youngsters and first see the biographies and photographs published in an heirloom publication that will be treasured for a lifetime. Douglas Photography’s Davidson donates his time and cost in taking portraits of the kids and creating large framed photos that will be displayed in the administration offices for the next full year. After, each family is given the portrait as a gift. At the ceremony, the portraits are seen for the first time. The Squire publishes a keepsake edition supplement to the newspaper, a stand-alone, full color Examples in Excellence, Rockford Students Making a Difference. Supported by local businesses, the publication is also unveiled for the first time at the ceremony before being distributed in the Squire and at participating companies. “It gives us an opportunity to recognize these very well-rounded students,” said Lisa Jacobs, Director of Rockford Community Education Services. In its ninth year, the ceremony continues to be packed with proud supporters of these students. “These students are always very humble, very thankful to be recognized,” Jacobs said. Each year the families are thrilled that their child was chosen for such an elite honor and for such a good cause. “Any time we have an opportunity to recognize […]
Rockford Community Services is sponsoring their sixth annual Mother, Son Dance, Saturday, February 28 at East Rockford Middle School from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Extreme DJS will be playing age-appropriate music for dancing. Beginning at 6:00 pm, Douglas Photography will be available for a keepsake photo at an additional charge. To register go to www.rpssignmeup.com or call Rockford Community Services at (616) 863-6322. Tickets are $8 per person.