Most people over the age of 75 are winding down and enjoying the twilight years of their life, right? Not for a couple of grannies who are in the prime of their life and enjoying every minute of it. Gisela Leichty, 81, and Millie Anderson, 76, are a couple of grannies who are making a huge difference in the Rockford community by working with children as volunteers in the Foster Grandparent Program. These super turbo-charged seniors help first-grade children at Ridgeview Elementary School by acting as their mentors. They change children’s lives by giving them the attention they need. The volunteers spend one-on-one time with five to ten students throughout the school year, helping students with writing, reading and math and maybe, more importantly, they just give them unconditional love whenever they need it. When asked why she spends five hours a day, four days a week with screaming kids, without missing a heartbeat Gisela said, “They give me purpose to get up each day.” Both ladies agree that mentoring is a two-way street because not only are they making a difference in the children’s lives but the children are making a difference in their lives. “Watching these young children blossom before their eyes is more rewarding than you can imagine,” is a common statement from volunteers. When Millie is not volunteering, she is an avid mystery reader and loves to walk. She raised six children and before volunteering she worked with older adults in nursing homes for many years. She says nothing compares to working with children and giving them plain old-fashioned TLC. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Gisela, who raised eight children of her own, loves to garden when she is not loving on “her” grandkids. These volunteers develop a long-lasting relationship with their grandkid by loving, caring and giving nonjudgmental help from their many years of life’s experiences. They are passing on their wisdom to the future generations instead of keeping it to themselves. The Foster Grandparent Program is a national program that has been around for over 40 years. The program realizes that the family structure has changed over the last 50 years and there have been fewer opportunities for children and young people to interact with and learn from “elders.” Schools […]
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Thurs.-Fri., July 9-10 WCSG’s Summer Lifesaver Drive-8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Michigan Community Blood Centers, 1036 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids. Everyone who attempts to donate can register to win one of six family fun packages from the West Michigan Whitecaps, Craig’s Cruisers and Celebration Cinema. Food provided for donors courtesy of Max & Erma’s. For more information, visit www.miblood.org or call 1-800-MIBLOOD. Saturday, July 11 Rockford Farm Market-8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Blood Drive-9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River Rock Church, 6060 Belding Rd., Rockford, in the gym inside Rockford Christian School. Everyone who registers to donate may enter to win a summer “Staycation.” Sunday, July 12 Breakfast-8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Tuesday, July 14 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series-7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features Steve Hilger Blues Band. Blood Drive-2 to 8 p.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 6369 Belmont Rd., Belmont, in the gym. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free t-shirt and may enter to win a summer “Staycation.” Country Music-9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Thurs.-Sat., July 16-18 Rockford Sidewalk Sales-downtown Rockford, sponsored by HEART of Rockford. See pages 4 and 5 of this week’s Squire for individual store sales! Fri.-Sun., July 17-19 “Salute to the U.S.-A Musical Tribute” Standard Flower Show- at Frederik Meijer Gardens, 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, sponsored by Kent Garden Club. Free to the public. Floral designs will take you on a musical journey through some of America’s most popular wartime […]
by MICHAEL HIBBELN, PrincipalRoguewood Elementary School With the school year behind us, summer break serves as a time to relax and regroup for many of our families and students. With all that our Rockford community has to offer, students have many opportunities to spend their summer days close to home. Perhaps it is a canoe trip down the Rogue, or a visit to one of the many parks-opportunities are all around us! Passing the days with trips to the beach, riding bikes on the White Pine Trail, or just playing outside in the yard until the stars come out is what a childhood summer is all about! Yet, with the traditional summer break, summer also provides us with the time to take those family vacations we’ve been planning and waiting for all year. By spending some part of the summer traveling, students will return home with more than souvenirs, but memories that last a lifetime. When they return to the classroom in the fall, these memories and experiences serve as a great resource to draw from when being a student. When traveling this summer, make a point to visit important historical sties with your student. Students may not be in social studies class this summer, but social studies come alive when you travel. Sometimes through travel, your students can learn much more than they would have in a classroom and also make important connections to what they studied during the year. Through travel, you might get the chance to see your child in a different light that was not evident when under the pressure of daily routines. Maybe they were always the last one getting out the door in the morning or forgetting homework. But when traveling, you might see a new side of your child’s independence. Encourage this to come out by assigning them a specific responsibility, like being in charge of the map or directions. By traveling, you take your student out of their daily environment, which in turn exposes them to how others live. With this, their cultural awareness rises. Learning about other cultures and geography is something discussed on a weekly basis at school, but nothing can expose a student to this like travel. Finally, even the best travel plans can […]
The City of Rockford and the Rockford Area Arts Commission invite the Rockford community to the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series every Tuesday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Garden Club Park (behind Arnie’s), downtown Rockford. These family oriented concerts provide outstanding musical talent, free of charge. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The concerts run from June 9 to August 11. Following is a list of the remaining scheduled performers: June 23-Root Doctor June 30-James Reeser and the Backseat Drivers July 7-Tomas Esparza Blues Experience July 14-Steve Hilger Blues Band July 21-Harper After the Blues Series July 28-Organissimo (jazz) August 4-The Concussions (surf) August 11-Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys (honky tonk) In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Courtland and Squires streets. Parking is available at the South Squires Street parking lot, which is accessed from the Bridge Street entrance drive between Vitale’s and J.T. Stitchery or from the Main Street entrance drive north of the Rogue Valley Towers building. A short, pleasant walk north on the White Pine Trail will bring you directly to the park.