If it is cheers of “Go Rams!” that you hear as you walk down the halls of our Rockford elementary schools over the next few weeks, it is because the Rockford varsity hockey team is visiting the fourth-grade class to discuss character education. The team has developed a youth outreach program that allows the players to go into the classroom to discuss teamwork, sportsmanship and the importance of academics. The players will visit six fourth-grade classrooms throughout the Rockford Public Schools district, teaching the kids about these important concepts through fun activities and role modeling. The first topic, “Teamwork,” is discussed by putting the kids in groups of four and requiring them to figure out how to remove knots in a rope without any of them letting go. It forces the kids to think about each others’ roles, what to do next, and the challenges of working as a unit. Once the game is complete, the players wrap up with questions of the kids regarding what their challenges were and what they learned about working as a team. The players practiced this game themselves before going into the classrooms just to make sure that they knew how to do it. The second topic, “Sportsmanship,” is illustrated by playing the game of Hangman. The kids are asked to guess letters to complete different phrases. Following the rules, being a good sport, playing fair, and showing respect are the framework for the wrap-up discussion. The kids are then asked to give examples where they or others around them have demonstrated good sportsmanship. The last topic, “Academics,” focuses on the importance of education. The kids play math bingo and then talk about why math is important and how one uses math in their day-to-day life. The discussion also focuses on the importance of staying focused in school. These visits provide many benefits for both the players and the kids. They demonstrate how sports can play an important part of a child’s character building, they provide fun and excitement for the youth when learning about social responsibility, and they provide the players an opportunity to give back to our community and understand the influence that they have on our youth everyday. Sports and education work together to develop the […]
January 28 2010
Twelve students from Rockford will be recognized at Kendall College of Art and Design as regional winners in the prestigious Scholastic Art Awards competition on January 31, 2010. The ceremony will be held at St. Cecelia’s Music Society at 2:00 p.m. Awards will be presented as follows: • Gold Key Awards: Megan Knape (clothing and textiles) and Matt Rettinger (ceramics and glass) • Silver Key Awards: Zach Dominowski (cartoon/animation), Megan Knape (jewelry), Emily Noffsinger (photography), John Prussner (drawing), Rita Snyder (drawing), and Laura Todd (senior art portfolio) • Honorable Mentions: Andrea Blumer (painting), Dana Girolami (digital art), Natasha Herrygers (ceramics and glass), Jasmine Klunder (digital art), Emily Noffsinger (painting), Monica Orange (drawing), and Matt Rettinger (senior art portfolio and sculpture) Student artwork is on display at the Kendall College Art Gallery until the end of the month. The Scholastic Art Awards are an annual juried competition open to seventh- through 12th-graders in the United States, Canada and U.S. territories. Past recipients of national prizes include actor-director Robert Redford, artist Andy Warhol, and other noteworthy people. This year the work of Megan Knape and Matt Rettinger will be representing Rockford High School in the National Competition held in New York.
Seniors thank Stotz for service Dear Editor, A big “thank you” to our dear long time director of Senior Citizens Unlimited Marcia Stotz Peterson. Marcia, you have loved us and guided us through and in many happy “fun times.” Also you have helped us “hang in there” in sickness, loss and through whatever, whenever during office hours or at home. You were always making each one of us feel special and loved! We know you will find some place to serve and love people. That’s you, Marcia, your gift we know. No one can really take your place, but we will give our support to the changes (that the economy seems to be calling for), as you would have us do. Come and enjoy us anytime. Love and prayers on behalf of the Seniors Unlimited Board and our whole group of seniors that you have loved and planned and worked for. Lois I. Ives senior board member and friend
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Those hoping to score a pair of tickets at the box office window to last Saturday’s Second City 50th Anniversary Tour performance were sorely disappointed. Tickets for the traveling comedy spectacular, held in the cozy confines of the 800-seat Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium, had sold out the week prior. In a leap of faith, the show’s presenter, the Rockford Education Foundation (REF), had booked a touring ensemble of Chicago’s famed Second City comedy theater. Judging from the audience reaction, during and after the evening’s performance, the REF had hit a homerun. The five-member touring company of multi-talented comedic actors, without benefit of a usual lead-in act to warm up the audience, had the lucky ticket holders continuously laughing out loud for the entire two-hour performance. Performing cutting-edge improvisational and satirical comedy sketches relevant to the times of our lives both past and present were Seth Weitberg, Brooke Bagnall, Rachel Miller, Abby McEnany, and Detroit-native Sam Richardson. Each a budding comedic star in their own right, combined they were a hilarious powerhouse. At every stop along the tour, depending on the make-up audience, very little subject matter is off limits. The Rockford crowd in attendance that evening could have been classified as “M” (for mature) with no children present. Thus sizing up the house during the opening skit, it appeared as though the troupe stepped their social comment up a notch. At the outset of the performance, we found Rachel lying across three chairs (meant, we soon learned, to be a couch). Entering the stage, Sam pantomimed the lighting of candles and the pouring of wine and proceeded to the couch, knelt down and began to inflate his date through a valve in her foot. Unbelievably, an inflatable doll sat upright! Just as things were beginning to “heat up,” the doll sprung a leak. Taken aback, Sam tried to re-inflate the doll, but the leak persisted. Amid uproarious laughter from the audience, we found Sam in sheer frustration and disappointment as the stage lights faded to black. Perhaps a highlight of the evening was what turned out to be an audience participation sketch. An ensemble member, Rachel, again appears onstage and announces to the audience they are the Rockford […]