North Kent Service Center
Over 100 Rockford Girl Scouts, leaders and parents gathered together at Our Lady of Consolation (OLC) to celebrate the 84th Annual World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Thinking Day on Saturday, Feb. 27. This special day is celebrated around the world as Girl Scouts and Girl Guides set aside time to think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their “sister” Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. The World Thinking Day theme for 2010 was girls worldwide saying, “Together we can end extreme poverty and hunger,” with an aim to raise awareness and improve the lives of the poorest people in the world. The Rockford Scouts concentrated their efforts by collecting food items for the North Kent Service Center and Kids Food Basket (KFB), a Grand Rapids-based agency that provides 1,500 sack dinners to nutritionally challenged students in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Each school that participates in the KFB program has an enrollment of 80% or more families that are classified at the federal poverty income level. In this by-girls-for-girls event, Junior Scouts presented information to their younger Daisy and Brownie Scout sisters on five different WAGGGS member countries: Finland, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland and Russia. With “passports” in hand, the younger girls “traveled around the world” to visit each booth. At each stop in their trip, the girls learned about the country they were visiting through stories, crafts, games, dance and food.
Working together, the Rockford Lions and Rockford Rotary clubs teamed up for their second annual free health screening on Saturday, March 27 to serve the clients of the North Kent Service Center. The Rockford Reformed Church once again provided the venue for this screening of hearing, vision, blood pressure, podiatry, dental and pharmaceutical. Volunteering their services beside club members were Dr. Michael Kelley, podiatrist, and Dr. David Fischer and Dr. Brian Wilson, dentists. Blood pressure screening was in the hands of RN Jill Erickson. The Rockford Lions Sightmobile housed the vision and hearing screening conducted under the direction of Dr. Chad Jackson, optometrist, and Dr. Karen Jacobs, audiologist. Available for use throughout Western Michigan, the Sightmobile is maintained by the Rockford Lions for the use of fellow clubs and area communities. Both the Rockford Lions and Rockford Rotary clubs exist to serve their communities and the needs of others. It is only through the generosity of neighbors supporting the clubs’ fundraisers that they are able to provide services such as this health screening—and they thank you.
This year the students at Lakes Elementary School have been working on a new concept: bucket-filling. “Bucket fillers” are those who help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, and generally spread their love and good feelings to others. In contrast, “bucket dippers” rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing unkind things. This past Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, Mrs. Jenks’ third-grade class decided to be bucket fillers by warming the hearts of others in our community. The children made fleece blankets that were donated to North Kent Service Center.