Students at Rockford Christian School learned that hunger isn’t a problem only in far away places. Working with Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids, the students raised in donations and food, a total value of $1,650, an amount which will feed eleven students after-school meals for a year. On Wednesday, May 19, the students released 11 butterflies representing the 11 children released from hunger. Kids Food Basket was founded by a teacher in Grand Rapids who saw kindergarten students picking through a dumpster after school. She asked them what they were doing and they said there was no food at their home. Third grade teacher Becky Werden said, “The children learned that kids can be hungry right in our own neighborhoods and community. We are always more blessed by doing projects like this.”
Mrs. Fowle’s second-grade class from Rockford’s Valley View Elementary School has what they described as “the bestest field trip ever!” In one whirlwind day, they toured the Rockford Fire Department, the Rockford Police Department, the Rockford Area Historical Museum, the Little Red School House, and Pioneer Cemetery. The group finished with a picnic in Garden Club Park and a tasty ice-cream cone treat at Custard by the Dam.
Pink teeth are popping up everywhere in the Rockford area. And it’s all because of one orthodontist Dr. Mark Brieden. “We’re having a lot of fun with it. My wife, Dixie, came up with the idea and, with the help of the whole staff, we’re doing something positive to help fight breast cancer,” said Brieden. “We are asking all of our patients to wear pink ties on their braces. For each patient that agrees, Brieden Orthdontics is making a donation to Relay for Life. It’s more of a challenge for the men and boys, but they seem to be glad to help us in this worthy cause and search for a cure.”
The annual Bear Creek Waterfest will be Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. until noon at Townsend Park, corner of Cannonsburg Road and Ramsdell Drive in Cannon Township. The public is invited to take part in a morning of food, educational fun and activities. Now in its seventeenth year, the Bear Creek Waterfest is a place where everyone can learn about watersheds, why they are important, and much more. Families will especially find the festival a great place to visit because of the free children’s activities. Approximately ten area organizations will set up activity tables. The musical group Hawks & Owls will be back this year to entertain with old time acoustic music. Children will begin their visit with a Bear Creek Passport. As children visit each table, they will do an activity, have their passport stamped and will get a prize. Some highlights: Creeky Critters: creek creature identification, Microscope Magic: look at a drop of water under a microscope and see organisms the human eye cannot detect alone. Bee Keeper: see how bees make honey. Attract Birds To Your Backyard: make a bird feeder or plant a seed for a flower. Container Gardening: New this year! Learn how to garden in containers. Seminars at 9 and 11 a.m. Rain Gardens: learn how special gardens collect rain water and filter it for the earth. Plant a Native Flower Seed: learn why native plants are an important part of Michigan’s ecosystem. Rain Stick: learn how different cultures use rain sticks and make your own. Find Where You Live in the Watershed: pinpoint where you live on the watershed map. Clean Air Action Display: what makes a Clean Air Action Day? The Grand Valley Metro Council will show you. Scavenger Hunt/Self-Guided Tour: collect nature objects and tour Bear Creek. Rubber Ducky Races: on your mark, get set, go! A popular Waterfest favorite. The Cannonsburg Christmas Lights Committee will offer a pancake breakfast. Cost is $5 adults, $3 kids 12 and under. The Cannon Historical Society will feature a bake sale in the cabin. The Bear Creek Waterfest is sponsored by Cannon Township.