by BECKY ERSTE-HOLMBERG The students from Rockford’s eight elementary schools were recognized for their summer reading program on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Rockford High School’s football game against Grand Haven. Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler announced the elementary schools that participated and commended the students and their families for their commitment to the importance of reading over the summer. The schools that were represented were Meadow Ridge, Lakes, Cannonsburg, Crestwood, Belmont, Roguewood, Valley View, and Parkside. Kathy Munger, the reading specialist from Meadow Ridge, commented on “what a beautiful night it was to see how fortunate we were to see so many of our families supporting our literacy programs.” The kids were required to read a total of 10 books of their reading level during the summer and were rewarded with a party during the beginning of the school year. They were recognized before opening kickoff of the high school’s football game. It was a record crowd! And the elementary students were proud of their accomplishments. The evening was topped with an exciting nail-biter of a football game, with Rockford coming out ahead.