Things You Should Know for March 20th, 2013

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Things you should know for March 20th, 2013

All links below provide information on things you should know going on in your hometown of Rockford, Illinois. All sources are Rockford news leaders and are relevant to community issues.

Government

Pot Holes a huge concern in this year’s city elections: One resident in the 6th ward has had her yard driven over due to the fact that drivers are swerving away from a 6 FOOT pot hole. This pot hole issue has led many citizens to push our elected officials to make fixing our roads the top priority. The 6th ward is one of the biggest gateways to the city, so this seems like an area that needs more improvement.

Education

Rockford School Board forum Tuesday night: Candidates for the Rockford School Board mostly gave “people-pleasing” answers and showed differences when moving to the topics of outsourcing, labor negotiations, and the reduced-price lunch program. It seems some candidates, according to the RRStar article, are more concerned with poverty and closing the education gap for students than they are with reduced-price lunch eligibility.

Rockford Lutheran student earns top score on ACT: Calvin Cable, a junior at Rockford Lutheran, earned a top score of 36 on the ACT. A  couple quick facts on ACT scores (from above article): Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students that taker the ACT earn the top score of 36; the graduating class of 2012 featured 781 perfect scores…out of 1.66 million students!! Congrats Calvin!!

Rebecca Lisk wins Regional Spelling Bee: Local 8th grader Rebecca Lisk spelled the final word on Tuesday night to win the Boone Winnebago Regional Spelling Bee. First place won a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where many prestigious awards are given out to the winner. Congratulations and good luck to Rebecca Lisk from Keith Country Day School!

Seven Hononegah High School students earn perfect ACT scores: In addition to Calvin Cable earning a top score, SEVEN MORE students from the Rockford area have also earned top ACT scores. We have some bright kids here in northern Illinois!

Community

Youth Dodgeball Tournament at West Middle School: The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will host a dodge ball tournament on March 30th at West middle School. The tournament is open to Rockford schools, private and public, and will feature spoken word and hip hop elements that will convey individuality and love to the children by encouraging them to respect themselves and be leaders.

Safety

Safe City program could be a great idea for Rockford: This link involves a program called Safe City. Perhaps Rockford officials have heard of it, perhaps not. But it has caught my attention as being a viable pathway to making the streets safer for our community. Take a look, and let us know what you think!!

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