Lakes Presents Olson as Example in Excellence

Jenna Olson, 10, is one of 14 students featured in this year’s “Examples in Excellence—Rockford Students Making a Difference.”	Photo by DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY

Jenna’s eyes sparkle with fun and warmth and reveal her personality to everyone. She is self-motivated and wants her environment to be a little happier, a little nicer, a little more creative and a little less stressful because she is in it. Jenna Olson, 10, is the daughter of Todd and Jennifer Olson and sister […]

Elementary students have opportunity to create works for Art Attack

Lakes Elementary School students voted and selected their 10 favorite art pieces during the first Art Attack. Students and their winning pieces (pictured, in no particular order) include fifth-grader Ian Hearn; fourth-graders Svens Daukss, Megan Hearn, Sydney Zimmerman, Grace Pilarski, Carly Pitsch, Melanie Bowman and Cierra Davis; third-graders Morgan Hindman and Akselis Daukss; and second-graders Max Bosworth, Jace Kragt and Natalie Vezina.

by CINDY M. CRANMER More than one-third of the students at Lakes Elementary School participated in the first-ever art competition and creativity display at the Rockford school. Art Attack, which the students considered as their version of ArtPrize, included entries from kindergarten through fifth-grade students, according to Matt Zokoe, the fourth-grade teacher who led the […]

Tale of tenacity—Eagle Scout has had long journey since Lakes Elementary

Andrew Manning has completed the requirements to be an Eagle Scout.

by BETH ALTENA Future Eagle Scout Andrew Manning, 17, a senior at Rockford High School, thought of his former elementary school when it was time for his last Boy Scout project. The strides he’s made in his career with the organization are nothing short of amazing, as few Scouts ever make it to Eagle Scout, […]

Rockford girl is hair hero

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                    Sara Kraus, a second-grader at Lakes Elementary School in Rockford, cut off eight inches of hair, which was donated to Children with Hairloss. They will use her donated hair to make a wig for a child in need. Sara wanted to help out another child […]

Lakes Elementary School’s Alina Porter, an Example in Excellence

Alina Porter

Alina Porter, 10, is the granddaughter of Chuck and Gayle Porter and sister to Nico. Alina is described as a selfless, determined and gracious student who is wise beyond her years. She does not draw attention away from others. Even with her strong academic talents and achievements, she instead allows others to shine and is […]