Bishop Hills has hosted a local art show for many years in April. The winners from every elementary school in the Rockford area are on display. The residents are always impressed with the extraordinary talent of these young art students. Thursday, April 14, a reception was held. The residents, teachers, parents and friends were able to meet the students behind each piece of art. There are photos on Bishop Hills’ Facebook page or you can stop by Bishop Hills throughout April, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents of Bishop Hills gave each artist a special certificate.
Our Lady of Consolation
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.
Kindergartners and preschoolers of Our Lady of Consolation School in Rockford learned about Christian charity this Advent season. After reading a recent article printed in the Advance newspaper stating the need for children’s coats, Mrs. Huffman and Mrs. Milan decided to take action. The children learned about giving from the heart and helping others who are less fortunate. The children collected a total of 50 coats, 12 pairs of snow pants and 15 sweaters, along with boots, scarves, hats and mittens. The coats were delivered Tuesday, Dec. 15, to the Alpha Women’s Center in Grand Rapids. The staff was very appreciative of the large donation. The center services over 3,000 women per year. In order to shop at the center, the women need to earn Alpha bucks by learning parenting and life skills. The center is currently in the process of relocating to better service the community.
Belmont students recently swept the Battle of the Books competition by winning all battles and the trophy. This competition has taken place annually since 1991. The competitors include teams of fifth-graders from each of Rockford’s elementary schools as well as Assumption of Belmont and Our Lady of Consolation. Students on each team must work together to answer questions from 25 selected books and their authors. This is the first win for Belmont School.