RPS invited residents to pick a plot and garden

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Community Gardens to grow in two locations by BETH ALTENA If you don’t have a spot for a plot on your lot, your site isn’t sunny or you just have a bad case of black thumb, Rockford Public Schools (RPS) has just the fix. RPS unveiled last week plans for two community gardens, open to […]

ERMS magnet leading Rockford into greener days

Members of the Rockford Izaak Walton League explain to students how a rain barrel is constructed and works. Pictured is current President Georgia Donovan along with past president and current board member Duane DeVries. The Izaak Walton League is a national conservation group with a local chapter, which meets at its headquarters at  5641 Myers Lake Road.

Environmentally friendly education leaves the schoolroom by BETH ALTENA They learn about everything with a nature in mind. The East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) Earthkeepers magnet includes sixth- and seventh-grade students who, between them, not only cover the different areas of traditional curriculum with nature-themed studies, but are also literally changing the landscape around them. […]

Winterfest celebrates Michigan’s outdoors

Evan Karel talks about his birchbark canoe and the Ojibwe language.

Public invited for a day of family fun The Izaak Walton League of America (the “Ikes”) has had another busy year with many activities at the local Dwight Lydell chapter. The nonprofit conservation club has stayed active in environmental issues at the state and local levels, following their interests in water quality, energy, fishing, hunting, […]

East Rockford Middle School’s Kory Youn an Example in Excellence

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Natural leader has a strong moral compass Kory Young, 14, is the son of Brian and Kim Young and brother to Brianna, 11, and Christina, 9. Kory’s teachers call him responsible, trustworthy and hardworking. “Kory is so accepting of others,” staff at ERMS said of him. “He shows that it is a good thing to […]

School Beat, June 10, 2010

This is not my father’s classroom teacher by DAN WARREN Principal, East Rockford Middle School Certainly, many baby boomers can remember the days at school when you could convince that certain teacher to spend nearly an entire class period talking about any topic of interest other than the subject matter. Go ahead and admit it—you […]