At a time in the summer when many kids are getting bored and complaining about the heat, a group from Rockford and Saugatuck decided to do something. Six Rockford High School (RHS) students, four Saugatuck students and one Central Michigan University student, accompanied by three adults, recently made a weeklong trip to the La Romana, Dominican Republic, to make lives better for the people there. The July 7-14 trip focused on installing bio-sand water filters in some homes of the poorest residents of that area. Thanks to the efforts of these young people and their chaperones, 17 families and their neighbors are drinking clean water today. The group also worked one very hot, long day doing construction at the Good Samaritan Hospital. Construction was for an addition to set up a water filtration system for use at the hospital. The students hauled gravel, sand and cement, pouring the foundation for the cistern, one bucket at a time. High temps and humidity did not discourage any of their efforts at making a difference. Attitudes were always upbeat and positive. Additionally the group helped distribute over 325 pairs of footwear, donated by Wolverine Worldwide, to the underprivileged in a village and to girls at a local orphanage. The footwear was greatly appreciated by all who received them and is a luxury to many of the recipients. The group was able to spend some time playing games and doing crafts with the girls at the orphanage. Kelly Gardner, RHS Spanish teacher, and leader of the RHS student group “Thirsting To Serve,” said, “The kids were amazing. Their hearts, minds and souls were bent on service. They made us proud and served their communities and the world well. The phrase we heard repeated in by Dominicans during our trip became our mantra: OK. No problem. We can do that.” After all the hard work put into the trip, the group was rewarded with a couple of recreational outings. One day was spent in the historic area of Santo Domingo. Touring streets that were walked by legends such as Christopher Columbus were highlights of the day, along with visiting the tomb and museum dedicated to Columbus. Each participant paid for his or her own trip. Costs for the trip for […]
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Members of the band Tribune bring their local paper along on their first professional tour across Michigan and neighboring states. Band members—all Rockford High School students—are Matt Ciejka, lead guitar; Devon Liu, drums; Scott Nadeau, vocals and rhythm guitar; and Jon Newell, bass and vocals. The band has played at the Intersection in Grand Rapids, for the last two years at Mitchell’s Run, and will be playing for the Steven May benefit at Assumption Church on November 26. For more information, check out the band on Facebook.
Twelve students from Rockford will be recognized at Kendall College of Art and Design as regional winners in the prestigious Scholastic Art Awards competition on January 31, 2010. The ceremony will be held at St. Cecelia’s Music Society at 2:00 p.m. Awards will be presented as follows: • Gold Key Awards: Megan Knape (clothing and textiles) and Matt Rettinger (ceramics and glass) • Silver Key Awards: Zach Dominowski (cartoon/animation), Megan Knape (jewelry), Emily Noffsinger (photography), John Prussner (drawing), Rita Snyder (drawing), and Laura Todd (senior art portfolio) • Honorable Mentions: Andrea Blumer (painting), Dana Girolami (digital art), Natasha Herrygers (ceramics and glass), Jasmine Klunder (digital art), Emily Noffsinger (painting), Monica Orange (drawing), and Matt Rettinger (senior art portfolio and sculpture) Student artwork is on display at the Kendall College Art Gallery until the end of the month. The Scholastic Art Awards are an annual juried competition open to seventh- through 12th-graders in the United States, Canada and U.S. territories. Past recipients of national prizes include actor-director Robert Redford, artist Andy Warhol, and other noteworthy people. This year the work of Megan Knape and Matt Rettinger will be representing Rockford High School in the National Competition held in New York.
by STEVE LEWIS Assistant Principal, Rockford High School As a community, we are aware of the accomplishments of our students in the academic arena with nearly half of our students achieving honor roll status. While many of the students excel in the classroom, they also carry their talents into the sports arena, winning many conference and state championships. Our band and choir also shine in state competitions as well. Last month our theatre students performed “Beauty and the Beast” that was on the level of a Broadway musical. Perhaps the most compelling attribute of our students is what they do beyond the walls of Rockford High School (RHS). Our students’ compassion for others and the student service they do is simply remarkable. The following letter was written to RHS staff from one of their colleagues about student service. Dear Colleagues, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about an incredible demonstration by some of our students last night in Grand Rapids. Fifteen RHS students, some of them Youth Initiative members, some from my AP English classes and some from Mitch Gathercole’s Senior Composition classes, helped my wife Tammi and me make and serve a “Love Feast” in inner-city Grand Rapids last night. The students made spaghetti with meat and marinara sauce, Caesar salad, fruit salad and dessert (12 students made brownies and cakes) and served the meal to unemployed, indigent and homeless people. I can’t tell you how proud I was of our students’ work ethic, creative problem-solving, and servant hearts. We were told to prepare a meal for 75-100 people and 140 showed up to eat and 20 asked for food to go for their friends and family that could not come. The students responded to each challenge with creativity and positive attitudes. Students had to serve each person, but also meet various and sometimes strange requests of some rude, caustic and demanding people. They illustrated agape love in every action whether cooking, serving or cleaning up. During the evening, a few men stumbled into the hall obviously intoxicated, but hungry just the same. They were loud and boisterous, but our students were not intimidated or rude. They met their needs in the same fashion as any of the others. In another […]