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ROCORI TAKES ACTION

 

If you follow national media, there is often a lot of criticism of public schools and concerns about the quality and nature of students, in general.  There are stories of negative things about schools or information that students are rude, hard, and challenging.  While there are things that happen that are hard to accept, those conditions are not representative of most schools, students or educational settings.

In ROCORI, we are actually quite fortunate.  We talk quite a bit about the high quality of our students, the wonderful things that they do, and the many positive steps they take for our system and community.  The focus of the article this week is to highlight one (of many) examples of the positive way that our students are making a difference!

Most of the information that follows was provided by Student Senate adviser Brian Herrig.  Mr. Herrig works with the RHS Student Senate throughout the school year.  The Senate is a very active group as they arrange special events through the school year, conduct various fundraising or service-oriented activities, provide leadership in the building, and help with decisions and direction within the secondary site.

The RMS Student Senate is overseen by the counselor, Marsha Gilbertson. Although they are probably less “visible” outside the building, the RMS Senate is engaged in many activities throughout the site as well.  They sponsor many dances, have some specific fundraisers, offer donations and service to the community, and help plan building level events.

Both groups are very active and help to bring the ROCORI Mission statement to life by making a difference today to create a better tomorrow.  The upcoming event is just one example of the work of both student organizations!

 

UPCOMING EVENT—APRIL 29

RHS & RMS Student Senates are hosting the annual ROCORI Takes Action activity day, formally known as the Spartan Walk, on Friday, April 29th. Our senate has made changes to address student and teacher concerns to make it a more beneficial day for everybody.

WHAT IS ROCORI TAKES ACTION?

ROCORI Takes Action is a service project dedicated to donating to charities and our school. Students will raise $40 individually or $150 as a team of five to participate in a three hour afternoon of activities out on our track and football field.

WHERE DO THE DONATIONS GO?

The donations will be split into three categories: 40% to a worldwide charity, 40% a local charity and 20% to our school district as the Spartan Grant.

The worldwide charity is Doctors without Borders, a humanitarian-aid organization that recruits doctors, nurses, water and sanitation engineers, etc. who volunteer their time to solve issues of world health.

The local charity is ROCORI Action Packs, an organization that provides food for individual students over the weekend, who may not otherwise have sources of food.

The final 20% of the donations will be deposited into our Spartan Grant, to provide grants for teachers and classes here in the ROCORI School District

IN WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL STUDENTS BE PARTICIPATING?

Students will be released from class at 12:00pm on April 29th to the track and football field. RHS students will eat A lunch and proceed to the field. Students will be able to participate in volleyball, soccer, football, bean bags, tug of war, croquet, Polish golf and many other activities during the afternoon. Students will be able to leave the track and football field at the end of the school day at 3:00pm.

 

 WHEN AND WHERE WILL STUDENTS BRING IN DONATIONS?

 Both student senates plan on establishing donation tables before school between 7:45-8:15am by the high school office and in the north glass hallway of the middle school. Students will be able to start bringing in collected donations on Monday, April 18th and continue to bring them in until Thursday, April 28th.

 

WHEN WILL INFORMATION BE DISTRIBUTED?

Informational sheets for students will be distributed during a homeroom in April. Posters, announcements, etc. will be displayed throughout the school too. Wristbands that excuse students the day of ROCORI Takes Action will be distributed during first hour on April 29th.

These colored wristbands will indicate that the student has collected enough donations to participate during the three hour activity time.  Any other questions about ROCORI Takes Action can be directed to Mr. Herrig and he can help you.

The RHS and RMS Student Senates thank you for your time and willingness to help make this a successful and charitable event!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

We are proud of the work of the secondary Student Senate organizations!  They are very active and productive bodies within the secondary site.  They provide great leadership and emphasize positive programs, activities, and events throughout our system.