Reading Rocks ready to promote value of reading

Children read with dogs at Krause Memorial Library during the Reading Rocks reading festival in Rockford.

This year’s Reading Rocks in Rockford is sure to be a hit for everyone in the family. The literacy festival enters its fourth year and has matured into a blockbuster event that highlights what building blocks reading provides toward every child’s future. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11, is sponsored by the Rockford […]

Reading Rocks receives national recognition at Library of Congress

Kids enjoy mascots at the Reading Rocks reading festival.

The Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival is just entering its fourth year, but this toddler has already gained many accolades for helping spread the message of how important reading is. The Rockford Rotary Club, Rockford Public Schools and the Kent District Library (KDL) have joined impressive forces to promote the joy of reading for […]

Big Daddy Duck Race to pick up pace for summer reading

IN GOOD COMPANY—These fine folks from Rockford Ambulance, United Bank and other Rockford businesses are proud to be part of the inaugural Big Daddy Duck Race. There is only one more duck to purchase, so don't delay to be part of this group.

Rockford Rotary Club has provided scholarship funding for the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) Summer Reading Program for several years. Last year, the funds raised fell short of the increased need. “Reading is critical for success in school and life,” said Lisa Jacobs, executive director of RPS Community Services, “and the summer reading program is an […]

Annual duck race takes on giant new twist

DUCK RACE GETS PERSONAL—Rodd Blakeslee isn’t taking this one sitting down. He’s challenging others in the community to step up to the Rockford Rotary Club’s newest event: the Big Daddy Duck Race with 22 giant ducks and bragging rights over some of our community’s best-known business people.

No holds barred in Big Daddy Duck Race by BETH ALTENA There is something really big in this tub and it can be yours for just $100. Well, not this one, but one just like it. Rodd Blakeslee of Blakeslee and Son Plumbing Heating Cooling and Air Conditioning is ready to take on anyone in […]

Rockford Rotary earns literacy Golden Apple Award

Presenting the Golden Apple Award to Jim and Susan Bodenner, president of Rockford Rotary Club, is Robin Macqueen, Kent Reading Council president.

The Kent Reading Council, in association with Michigan Reading Association, recently awarded the Golden Apple Award to the Rockford Rotary Club for its avid support of literacy in their community. The Rockford Rotary has supported the district with summer school grants, money for books, and for sponsoring the Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival, which […]