Student essay earns class pizza party, tv appearance

James Geshel (in Detroit Tigers shirt, back row) won his first grade teacher, Mrs. Wallis, the Cool Teacher with an essay describing how she makes learning to read fun.

James Geshel has a very cool teacher, and now anyone who watches WGVU (or reads the Rockford Squire newspaper) knows it. An essay directed the public television station to choose Parkside Elementary’s Mrs. Wallis, first grade teacher, as winner of the Cool Teacher contest. As winner, her class enjoyed a pizza party and a slot […]

Birthday haircut a gift for someone

Marissa Bouwkamp

  Marissa Bouwkamp waited her whole life to do this. The 10-year-old Parkside Elementary student donated 13 inches of her hair to Locks of Love.  Marissa’s grandfather died of cancer and the girl wanted to do something to help others fighting the disease. Bouwkamp has never had her hair cut, and started to get cold […]