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River Valley Academy
A total of 51 grants supporting educational opportunities from choral composition to composting were approved by the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) during its fall grant sessions. The grants, given to Rockford schools and organizations, totaled more than $36,000. Some of the more innovative grants included support for creation of an original choral work by sophomore girls choir students and a renowned composer, and a River Valley Academy program that will teach science principles and provide compost for the Rockford Community Gardens. “Once again we were impressed by the passion and dedication of our teachers and others who are creating innovative learning opportunities in our schools and community,” said Theresa Webb, REF trustee and chair of the Grants Committee. Since its founding in 1991, REF has awarded more than $942,000 in grants to teachers, schools and community organizations. The REF raises funds throughout the year to award grants each October and January. The REF was established to provide resources for increased educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford community. The REF is an independent, nonprofit corporation, governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the community. Teachers, students and community members with innovative ideas have received grants for wide-ranging, educational purposes. Grants are awarded twice yearly based on the merit of the request and its ability to promote educational excellence. For more information, visit www.rockfordschools.org/ref.
Eclectic student shows calm confidence, dedication Jordan Sherwin has a wide range of interests and experience. He is currently working on earning a certificate in welding at Kent Community Technical Center and plans to complete the Grand Rapids Community College welding program. He can sew and enjoys working on clothing. Jordan is also interested in screen printing. This eclectic student is an outdoorsman who likes hunting, fishing and hiking. He is an avid bicycle rider and would like to learn foreign languages. Jordan’s calm confidence and dedication to meeting his goals is evident in his approach to school. He is a model of appropriate behavior and work ethic. His teachers constantly remark on his desire and ability to excel not only at River Valley Academy but at the next stages of his life as well. Most importantly, Jordan is an example of determination. Others can look to him for inspiration when things become difficult and see that great things are possible. Jordan plans on working in a welding career after college and then start a clothing business. He would like to travel while working in his profession and learn about different cultures and people.
Industrious, conscientious student applauded for intrinsic motivation Nikole Golemba is described as a role model for both academic effort and community spirit at River Valley Academy. Being reasonable, respectful and responsible are among the qualities encouraged at River Valley Academy, and Nicole is known for her strength in all three. Staff there applaud Nikole for her intrinsic motivation as she excels in high school with plans to continue her education at Western Michigan University to study nutrition. Nikole’s grade-point average has been consistently very high and her teachers note her growth in confidence and poise as her academic success continues. Nikole is an industrious and conscientious student who has an excellent attitude. Her academic work is described as “fantastic” and goes above and beyond what is expected. She is a pleasure to be around and has an infectious smile and wonderful personality. She is expected to graduate ahead of schedule and go on to a bright future. In the community, Nikole shows her willingness to make a difference by volunteering her time to the Rockford Community Services seniors group on outings and in child care by reading to younger students. She has worked as a dance instructor through a church group and has rolled up her sleeves to help build a Habitat for Humanity home. Nikole is otherwise active in church-related projects including Angel Ministries and volunteering in nursery. Nikole’s sense of values is also evident at home. She speaks highly of her younger brother and is quick to help the family by taking care of him. For her determination to excel, her caring personality and strong belief in giving back to the community, Nikole is a wonderful Example in Excellence at River Valley Academy.