When members of Girl Scout Troop 3383 out of Lakes Elementary School learned that teachers in their school were spending an average of $1,500 of their personal money on classroom supplies because of funding shortfalls by the state, the 14-member troop decided to step into action. Operation “Tools for Teachers” provides the opportunity for local and national companies, as well as Rockford Public Schools families and community members, to donate school supplies for classrooms. Items needed include construction paper, paint, pencils, calculators, markers, etc. The girls view this as a way “to be there for the teachers, when they’ve always been there for us.” Superintendent Michael Shibler remarked, “Anyone who lives in the Rockford area knows how supportive this community is of the schools. This is yet another example of our ‘Quality Community, Quality Schools’ as students learn valuable lifelong skills from parents and adults.” Collection bins will be available in the schools and Administration Office through the end of March. In May, teachers will be invited to shop through the donations for their specific classroom needs. For more information, please contact Troop Leader Nicole Pierce at (616) 885-4382 or Co-Leader Erin Wenger at (616) 240-8685.
Lakes Elementary School
Many thanks to all the children who took the time to write letters to Santa this year. Elizabeth Lane, 6, was one of the writers who received a gift package of movie passes to NorthStar Cinemas for her letter in the December 23 Squire. Lane, a Lakes Elementary School student, reports that she had a great Christmas.
Lakes Elementary students, friends and family celebrated the joy of the holiday season with concerts held at the Rockford High School auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The show was directed by Lindsay Yntema and featured songs of the holidays, some audience participation and a “surprise” visit by Santa,played by Principal Blake Bowman. The first half of the concert featured kindergarten and first-grade students, followed by Session II with the second- and third-graders performing before an appreciative audience.
Veteran’s Day, November 11, will be recognized with a brief flag-raising ceremony with coffee and donuts at Lakes Elementary School from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and an evening service at Memorial Park in Belmont, at the intersection of Belmont Road and Jupiter Avenue at 7 p.m. According to organizer and township trustee Charles Weldon, the evening service will include a 21-gun salute, music by the choral students of Assumption Church, a benediction by the youth pastor of Belmont Baptist Church, who is also a Marine who has seen several tours of duty in Iraq, a speech by State Senator Mark Jansen and other speakers. The Comstock Park Color Guard will provide the military 21-gun salute, members of the Saladin Shrine will be present as will at least two Boy Scout groups. “We have a pretty good lineup,” Weldon said. The event will be held rain or shine and is a well-attended, moving ceremony.