Rockford East Campus Adds 90 Shrubs and Trees, Thanks to Student Work and Local Nursery

East High School students have chosen and planted native trees and shrubs on their campus, taking on the role of landscape designers and horticulturists. For more than a decade, students enrolled in Dustin Long’s environmental science and horticulture classes – or participants in East’s Key Club – have researched, chosen and planted about 10 trees a year. The need for landscaping has recently grown because of the school’s field house, addition and parking lot expansion, coupled with the loss of several mature ash trees. This school year, the...

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Auburn ROTC Cadets Send Handmade Pens to 101st Air Division

Auburn High School’s JROTC made 250 wooden pens by hand for military members in the 101st Air Division, stationed in Iraq. The Auburn Knight JROTC Battalion Members worked with the Northern Illinois Woodturners and Auburn teacher John Basque on the Pen-A-Thon Project to give back to soldiers serving our country. The pens are on their way to soldiers now. The project shows the heart and soul of Auburn students: the ROTC Cadets, said Col. David Draeger. What accompanies the pens is special, too: family members’ names and addresses so soldiers...

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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....

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The Rules of the Bus go ‘Round and ‘Round: RPS bus safety tips for kids & parents

The RPS 205 Transportation Department this week hosted an open house for parents and students to learn what to expect on their bus rides this year. About 50 people attended, including several students who were able to get on a big yellow school bus – some of them for the first time. (The Register Star was also there with great coverage and pictures.) If you missed it, don’t worry. All kindergarten students will receive bus training in the first week of school. First and second grade students will review bus training in the following...

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How to help: Annie’s Locker hopes to double shoe donations for RPS kids

More than 450 pairs of shoes were donated to RPS 205 students last year through Annie’s Locker and the Share a Pair shoe drive. That’s more than enough shoes for each student at Conklin Elementary School. Elementary school principals across the district distributed the shoes to their students who still needed shoes for physical education classes, recess and school. Additional shoes that poured in after the initial 450-pair haul were given to physical education teachers to distribute to students, and the principals and students sure were...

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