Saturday, June 9 during Rockford’s Start of Summer Celebration large crowds showed up at the dam and on the Bridge Street bridge to watch the first-ever Big Daddy Duck Race start at 5:30 p.m., sponsored by Rockford Rotary Club. The winning duck was Rockford Ambulance’s Big Daddy Duck. Rockford Rotary President Susan Bodenner presented $2,200 to Lisa Jacobs, director of Rockford Community Services, to provide scholarships to the Summer Reading Program. This represented 100 percent of the proceeds from the Big Daddy Duck Race. The regular Rotary Duck Race followed at 6:15 p.m. and the proceeds will support additional reading related projects for the summer. Rockford Rotarians look forward to seeing everyone come down to the Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival on Saturday, August 11, starting with the Storybook Character Parade at the steps of Krause Memorial Library at 10 a.m.
SCHOOL BEAT Race For Healthy Kids on October 8 by LISA JACOBS Exective Director, Rockford Community Services and DAWN DAVIES Public Health Educator Kent County Health Department For the second year in a row, Rockford Community Services (RCS) and Rockford Public Schools (RPS) will have a wonderful opportunity to partner with the West Michigan Action for Healthy Kids (WMAFHK). WMAFHK is a nonprofit volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment. WMAFHK works with schools and families to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn. The sponsors and members include Spectrum Health, Kellogg’s, Kent County Health Department, United Lifestyles, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and RPS. The partnership includes a 5k walk/run for adults, and a Fruity Fun Run just for kids. The race and course takes place at Rockford High School and the surrounding area on October 8, 2011. Proceeds from the race go directly to support WMAFHK. The nonprofit coalition works with schools to help kids learn to be healthy and active every day. The first-year proceeds will go directly to help Meadow Ridge and Roguewood elementary schools. WMAFHK will donate pedometers, water bottles, running shoes and free registrations for this year’s race to start the 2011-2012 school year moving! There is a $20 registration fee for the 5K walk/run event ($10 student rate) and a $5 fee for the Fruity Fun Run. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.actionforhealthykids.org/michigan. Completed forms and registration fees can be done online, dropped off or mailed to Dawn Davies at the Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. If you are interested in becoming involved with WMAFHK or the network, please contact Dawn Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Jacobs at email@example.com. Please register and help the WMAFHK support programs that encourage healthier kids, families and schools to get outside and be active!
Health & Fitness Festival coming soon by LISA JACOBS Executive Director Rockford Community Services As we approach the New Year, for many of us this is a time to evaluate our health and fitness goals. On Saturday, Jan. 30, Rockford Community Services would like to help with this by hosting a Health & Fitness Festival. We are excited to offer families an opportunity to observe as well as participate in various fitness classes offered in the community. Also included will be informative healthy cooking demonstrations, the opportunity to visit with local businesses regarding healthy lifestyle choices, and a chance to speak with experts in health care about medical questions. This event will have several resources available in health care and healthy living for every age group. Some examples of this will be fingerprinting for the safety of younger children, speed and agility training for the serious athletes, health care screenings, glaucoma testing, alternative medicine presentations, senior living choices and more. Our goal is to bring awareness to the importance of healthy living to the community. The Health & Fitness Festival will be held at North Rockford Middle School from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you would like to participate, you are invited to reserve a booth. Please call the Rockford Community Services office at (616) 863-6322. We look forward to your support in making this an annual community event!
by LISA JACOBS, Executive Director Rockford Community Services Childhood is an amazing time in the life of a human. Everyday, learning is the primary activity. Preschool provides an excellent opportunity to enhance that learning. Through a preschool experience, children are better prepared to make the transition to the formal school setting. In a quality preschool, children gain self-confidence and become more independent as they develop problem-solving skills as well as learning about the reading and writing process that they will jump into in kindergarten. They also learn social skills like sharing, waiting your turn, and empathy, which help them throughout life. The Rockford Schools Childcare Services offers four different options for preschool children. Each is unique and can meet the needs of any young child. The Community Education Preschool program is at the Administration Building. This well-established family-loved program has been serving the children of Rockford for 35 years. The staff of Ruth Hosler, Melissa Young and Brenda Chrisman has many years of experience. This is a program that emphasizes school readiness and success through the teaching of cognitive and social skills. The staff develops a warm nurturing relationship with each child and his family. The Child Development Lab Preschool at the high school also has a curriculum to prepare students for kindergarten. It features a parent observation room, motivated “high school friends” who help with learning, a Paws with a Cause dog on Tuesdays and Thursdays, an art fair in the spring, a fitness day, and lots of exciting activities. Hola Amigos is a Spanish Immersion Preschool to introduce three- and four-year-old children to the Spanish language and culture. Bilingual staff teach the same academic and social skills as a traditional preschool. The Spanish words for these concepts are gradually introduced through the year, ending with a Cinco di Mayo party in May. For those children who need childcare, we offer a full-day program which incorporates a preschool into the morning, thus eliminating the need of enrolling in a preschool and a childcare. This program is also housed in the Administration Building. As a result of meeting high standards, this childcare/preschool is nationally accredited, much like the Blue Ribbon awards given to each Rockford elementary school. Registration for the three traditional part-day programs is […]