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Rockford Public Schools Students Rock, Even on Global Issues

We talk a lot about how RPS 205 students rock. And they do. We even have a hashtag:  #OurKidsRock

It’s exciting to meet students who are especially enthusiastic about learning, exploring careers or sharing their talents. That idea that our students rock isn’t limited to what they do in RPS 205, or even in Rockford.

Students at East High School are tackling a global issue. East’s Young Women’s Leadership Organization on Thursday participated in an international celebration of One Billion Rising, a movement to end violence against women. Students had a room full of parents, friends and family for poems, skits and dancing, statistics on violence against women and empowering statements. The idea goes beyond stopping and preventing violence. It’s about gender discrimination, sexual harassment and gender stereotypes. More than 200 countries participate in the movement, and Rockford has a piece of that through these East High students.

East senior Abi DuFoe (left) is president of the Young Women’s Leadership Organization.

East senior Abi DuFoe (left) is president of the Young Women’s Leadership Organization.

East senior Abi DuFoe is president of the Young Women’s Leadership Organization. She joined the club as a freshman and quickly learned the importance of being part of something big. “It’s important for us to have a voice,” DuFoe said.

The group of 20-30 students meets three times a month with guidance from East teacher Elizabeth Long. The club is, in part, funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, a federally funded grant program for after-school activities.

In addition to volunteer work, they talk about how to get involved in the community and how to empower women, DuFoe said. The 18-year-old will attend the University of Illinois-Springfield in the fall and take classes in the honors program.

See what I mean? Our kids really do rock.

Cathy Bayer is communications specialist for the Rockford Public Schools. Click here to subscribe to this blog. Also, please like RPS 205 on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Cathy Adams

    Always a great feeling to read about positive things going on at all the schools, especially East. Once an E-Rab, always an E-Rab.

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