REF awards grants totaling more than $36,000

A grant from the Rockford Education Foundation enables students from River Valley Academy and Rockford preschoolers to work together on a composting project for the Rockford Community Gardens. The collaboration between the two schools’ students will continue as both will fill the bins while learning about composting.

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 […]

Rockford is a community of “green thumbs”

Rockford Garden Club initiates  project to beautify the perimeter of the Community Garden located behind the Rockford Administration Building.  Pictured (l- r) Dave Hoovier, Jim Kilbourne, and Nancy Kilbourne.  Not pictured: Nancy Hoovler, Kathy and Tom Healy.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Whether it’s purchasing and consuming healthy and just harvested local farm produce at Rockford’s award-winning Saturday morning Farmers Market or planting and tending your own garden in one of two Rockford Community Gardens, this has been a banner year. Rockford’s Farm Market was named America’s Favorite Farm Market in an […]