The first Parkside P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Responsible Ideas and Deeds Everyday) Scholarship has been awarded to Breanna Bowen, a 2010 graduating Rockford High School senior who attended Parkside Elementary School. Founded in 2002-03, this scholarship is provided by the efforts of the Parkside Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). As a long-term goal and in an effort to promote P.R.I.D.E. behavior among students leaving the elementary school environment, the Parkside PTO established the scholarship. An integral part of the application process is for the student to demonstrate how they have utilized the P.R.I.D.E. philosophy and lifeskills during their high school years. Promoting responsible ideas and deeds everyday is an ongoing effort by Parkside students, staff and parents to improve student behavior and respect for others. This scholarship is to reward Parkside alumni for their contributions to this community and their school, for high school graduation years 2010 through 2019. Scholarship awards of $550 will be awarded each year to a graduating senior from Rockford Public Schools who had attended Parkside Elementary School. Applicants must have completed at least one academic year at Parkside. The funds from the scholarship will be dispersed according to the established procedure with the scholarship office through Rockford Public Schools’ administrative office. Recipients will receive instruction for disbursement at the RHS honors convocation. Application criteria included: Demonstration of the Parkside P.R.I.D.E. philosophy utilizing lifeskills, grade-point average, community service, extracurricular involvement, self-help, and personal recommendations. Consideration is given to all applicants regardless of intended post-secondary education. Financial need is not a factor. The selection committee is comprised of the P.R.I.D.E. scholarship committee. The committee received several outstanding applications from former Parkside students. Bowen was selected because she demonstrated importance of caring, having kindness and taking initiatives in her application. She has served in the local community for God’s Kitchen, Second Harvest Gleaners and North Kent Service Center, to name a few, assisted African refugee families who face monumental barriers in being relocated to another country, started the African Outreach Club at the high school to educate others, and helped others through mission trips to Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and this summer Africa. The Parkside P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship committee is pleased to have Breanna Bowen as the first recipient of the Parkside P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship.
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Rachel Cruden, 10, is the daughter of John and Lisa Cruden and sister to Andy, 9, and Hannah, 7, and has been named as one of the “Examples in Excellence” for 2010 through Rockford Public Schools. This hardworking student is committed to accomplishing her goals and is helpful to her teachers, her classmates and at home. Staff at Parkside Elementary say that Rachel often goes out of her way to help and mentor others. She is described as courageous and helps her peers believe in their own abilities. Rachel is also known for her responsibility and respect for others. Among Rachel’s accomplishments are her participation in Odyssey of the Mind and her church outreach program where she helps distribute food at St. Stephen Lutheran Church’s pantry. She was the top speller in her fourth-grade spelling bee and is involved in Girl Scouts. Rachel is a problem-solver, and doesn’t take the easy route in life. She pushes herself to be the best she can be and her attitude is contagious to those around her. This year Rachel had open heart surgery, and while in the hospital she made friends with her roommate, a friendship she still maintains. Rachel is interested in music, gymnastics, reading and writing and has had her work published. She would like to be an author someday. Teachers and staff recognize the tenacious spirit of this student who is not afraid to take a stand for what she knows is right.
by SHARON WELLS Principal, Parkside Elementary School My college roommates live in several different states and we try our best to see each other at least once a year. As we cram our time together into a short weekend in a central location, we all rush to share the latest events of our lives, from family news to updates on our jobs and interests. We joke with each other that “it’s all about me” as we try to quickly fill each other in on the past year’s experiences before someone interrupts with their own chapters to share. While we may be focused on sharing about ourselves momentarily, our ultimate goal is to listen and appreciate each other’s lives, and learn from our unique experiences and approaches to life. One thing that stands out about our brief reunions is how everyone values the time spent together. One roommate always brings along a token gift to remind us of our college days, or of past trips together. Many of these items adorn the desk in my office to keep these memories alive as I go through my daily routines. Another roommate always takes the time to send handwritten notes when we return from our visits to emphasize how much it meant that we were able to relive our “dorm days” and spend quality time catching up. The use of e-mail, texting, and cell phones is great for in-between visits, but nothing can replace that time where we laugh uncontrollably about our college antics, cry about the recent loss of a parent, or share advice about how to deal with our children in their various stages in life. As your families spend time away from school this summer, my hope is that you find that quality time with friends, neighbors and family. Initiate those brief but powerful reunions with special people in your lives. Maybe you have a former child care provider who impacted your kids’ lives, who you can thank now that the kids are growing up. Perhaps a neighbor who moved away would love to be invited back to the neighborhood for a visit. Some cousins you haven’t connected with in a while may appreciate some time with family. Visit a former place of worship. Take […]
Parkside Elementary School student, Andy Hansen, 9, placed first in the 9-10-year-old age group in the 63-pound weight class at the MYWA Western Michigan regional championships recently held in Lowell. Hansen, son of Scott and Jennifer Hansen of Rockford, advances to the state championships at Michigan State University on April 4 and 5.