Rockford Education Foundation searches for “Funniest Person in Rockford”

(l to r) Peggy Keane, Administrative Aide, and Sue Arend, REF Administrator, “laugh out loud” just thinking about the hilarity that Second City will be  Keep your laughter local.

Winner to perform live with The Second City!  Think you’re funny? Here’s your chance to prove it! If your comedy routines kill at the water cooler or leave your family in stitches, you might just be the funniest person in town. Here’s your chance to prove your comedic skills as the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) […]

REF returns Second City for encore performances

(l to r) Peggy Keane, Administrative Aide, and Sue Arend, REF Administrator, “laugh out loud” just thinking about the hilarity that Second City will be bringing to Rockford during their two January, 2012 REF benefit performances.

Keep Your Laughter Local  by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL When Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe, The Second City, last appeared in Rockford in January of 2010 it was a sell-out from the “git-go”. Appearing then to headline the Rockford Education Foundation’s (REF) annual benefit concert, Second City returns again for 2 evening performances of their “Laugh […]

On-going fundraising helps REF raise grant dollars

BRICK BY BRICK—Laying a foundation for the future is a fundraiser for educational grants in the school. community. Bricks at the Rockford Hall of Fame monument are $75. Call REF at (616) 863-6317.

The Rockford Education Foundation (REF), a non-profit and independent organization, serves the Rockford community by funding educational grants. The REF holds different fundraisers throughout the year in order to raise money to support educational opportunities. Each year the REF funds over $60,000 in grants. Recently, Sue Arend, REF Administrator, discussed the foundations fundraising efforts. “The […]

REF is on ‘the Watch’ for educational opportunities

Foundation funds 43 grants worth $26,480 The “Watch Minder” is technology that enables a teacher to communicate with a student during class time through direct messaging that doesn’t disrupt other students, and it’s one example of innovation in Rockford schools that’s being funded by Rockford Education Foundation (REF) grants. The Watch Minder sends a vibration […]

The REF will be calling on you!

More than 120 volunteers will be calling on the Rockford community to support education programs during the annual Rockford Education Foundation (REF) Phone-a-thon February 15-17. They will be calling residents those evenings, asking for donations to the REF to fund school and other education projects and programs in Rockford. The Phone-a-thon is one of the […]