September 13 2012

Food and fun fundraisers help with boy’s treatment

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Rare treatment has seen success “Max Matters!” invites the public to participate in a pair of fall fundraisers that will help a local boy with a rare disorder continue treatment that is seeing continued success. Max Manciu, now age 9, has a peroxisomal disorder that is very rare and is inherited from both parents. With his disorder, his body is unable to break down fatty acids among other things, and life expectancy for those with this disorder is not long—usually death occurs in early childhood, if not before the age of one. Max has been being treated by a doctor in Spain, who treated him with a type of natural oil that is not found in the United States. His doctor passed away, however, and now the family has found a doctor in Canada to continue Max’s treatment. The family considers the results of his treatment so far to be nothing short of amazing. Max is able to walk, run and climb and is gaining his eyesight back. The family hopes to raise funds for a trust for Max’s medical costs, treatment, transportation, lodging, shipment for the oil and other costs. Motorcycle fans will appreciate the Support Max Manciu motorcycle poker run on Saturday, Sept. 22 beginning at 240 Covered Village Mall, Belding. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 11 a.m. The event will have silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, food, fun and cash prizes. For information call (616) 794-9540. The Corner Bar in Rockford is holding a “Dogs for Dollars” night with 15 percent of food sales going to the Max Matters! fund. The event will be September 24 from 5 p.m. until close. Clip the coupon online at or e-mail


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New School Year—Many New Chances to Get Involved by AL REICKARD Assistant Principal North Rockford Middle School Summer is over and a new school year is starting. Rockford middle schools’ administration and staff are eager and ready to start another great and successful journey with our students. The start of a new school year marks a chance for students to get involved in a variety of different offerings. At both Rockford middle schools, we know and believe that success in school comes from participation inside, as well as outside of the classroom. It is very important for students to be involved in co-curricular activities for a variety of reasons. Studies have proven that students who are involved in at least one co-curricular activity experience more overall success in school. Students who are involved in co-curricular activities have fewer absences, higher GPAs, and are more likely to attend higher levels of education than students who do not get involved. It also gives kids a sense of belonging to a group which has many social benefits during a somewhat awkward time in life. The administration and staff at the Rockford middle schools strongly encourage each and every student to get involved in at least one co-curricular activity. Rockford middle school students have many different opportunities to get involved. The athletic seasons are divided into four competitive seasons which include 13 different sports for boys and girls. For the students that choose not to compete for those sport teams, there are many different intramural sports offerings that students can take part in throughout the year. There are also various clubs and programs such as the LEO Lions, student council, and RAM Buddies that students can become a part of. We challenge you to try something new and get involved. Middle school is the perfect time to try many different sports and clubs. It’s a great way to meet new people, explore your interests and to provide structure outside the classroom. Once again, welcome to what will prove to be another exciting school year. Go Rams!

Local students graduate from WMU

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Three Rockford students are among those who graduated from Western Michigan University in June 2012. Robin David Dine earned a bachelor of science in psychology. Rachel Bernice Siegel earned a bachelor of fine arts in dance. Mallory Ellen Stephens earned a bachelor of science degree.

Several Rockford schools recognized as Green Schools

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Last April, five of Rockford’s public schools have earned a Green School Certificate in the Kent County and Kent ISD Green School Awards Program. There were 79 Green School awards given to schools within Kent ISD this year. Awards recognize the extensive environmental work of educators and students. Rockford earned this certificate for their work in recycling, energy savings and environmental awareness. Based on environmental projects conducted at the schools, awards are as follows: Green Award (10-14 green activities): Roguewood Elementary Emerald Award (15-19 green activities): Valley View Elementary, North Rockford Middle School, Rockford Freshman Center Evergreen Award (20 or more green activities): East Rockford Middle School Superintendent Michael S. Shibler, Ph. D., commended the staff and students, stating, “Our students and staff continue to help all of us become better stewards of resources. They use the passion and creativity of youth to teach and learn and, in the process, save money and reduce the district’s impact on the environment.” For further information, please contact Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Ryan Kelley at (616) 863-6556 or e-mail to

Showers enrolls at University of Evansville

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Shain Showers of Belmont has enrolled at the University of Evansville. Showers, majoring in finance, joins an entering class defined by its strong academic ability and diversity. Members of the freshman class averaged 1,176 on the SAT’s critical reading and math components. (The national average, as reported by SAT, is 1,011.) They also scored an average of 26 on the ACT, compared to a national average of 21. Members of the University of Evansville’s 2012 entering class represent 31 states and 17 countries. “For more than 150 years, the University of Evansville has provided life-transforming educational experiences, preparing students for lives of personal and professional service and leadership,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “Motivated students such as Shain Showers, who have a strong commitment to academics and personal development, are a pleasure to welcome to the University and the Evansville community.” Founded in 1854 and located in Evansville, Ind., the University of Evansville (UE) offers nationally renowned programs in liberal arts and preprofessional disciplines for its student body of approximately 2,400 full-time undergraduates. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UE in the top 10 master’s-granting institutions in the Midwest, as well as the top three “Great Schools at Great Prices.” UE also has been named a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, ranked among the top master’s universities by Washington Monthly, and declared one of the nation’s “Coolest Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Magazine. To learn more about UE, please visit

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