Super Heroes or 1950s?

We took a vote for the theme of this year’s fall fundraiser…
This year’s event will be held on Friday night, October 30th at Medina Ballroom!


Van Drasek, Faust & McLearen – honored for their careers in education

The stories of our honored retirees are amazing.  Through their years of service and commitment to the Rockford Area Schools, they have touched the lives of thousands of students and their families.  Starting this year, the Rockford Education Foundation will recognize the dedication and hard work of career educators retiring from Rockford, and will celebrate their accomplishments during National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Click on the names below to read their interviews:

Jeanne Van Drasek
Audrey Faust
Bonnie McLearen

Don’t miss this upcoming event!

Foundation to run Carnival & Catalog Fundraisers

For 22 years, PIE has dedicated itself to raising funds and providing financial support for grades K-8 in the Rockford School District. With many volunteers and countless hours, they have made a tremendous impact. Effective with the 2014-15 school year, Partners in Education (PIE) will cease to exist, but the ideas and love for education that PIE brought will continue.

The Rockford Education Foundation will now work to deliver the same or similar educational support of Partners in Education. The Foundation is excited to welcome to its board and volunteer roster many people who were so passionate about Partners in Education! Beginning this school year, the Foundation will be the group supporting some of the well-known fundraisers (catalog fundraiser and carnival) formerly organized by PIE.

The goal remains the same and a robust structure will benefit all:

  • Larger volunteer base
  • Streamlined process
  • More opportunities for tax-deduction donations

The Foundation is always looking for more support in all ways. To find out how to get involved, please click on the link,

Chrome Books used daily

The Foundation continues to support student learning in the classroom. In the last year, community support through the Foundation has funded:

• 35 Chrome Books
• 8 ActivBoards
• iPads
• Science Calculators

Rockford students utilize chrome books every day in multiple classes.  Chrome books provide students with opportunities to access information and develop research skills, communicate their ideas, and build strong digital citizenship skills.  RMS-CES Principal, Amy Denneson says, “Chrome books are an amazing instructional tool!  They engage students in learning and develop skills that will help them thrive in today’s global community!”

Grandparents support for education

Grandparents can donate to books or technology through Grandparents Club

Each year, Grandparents will have the opportunity to make a financial gift to support projects benefitting your grandchild(ren)’s school.  You can choose to direct your gift to Books or Technology. Gifts donated through Grandparents Club are tax deductible.

Whether you live close by or across the country, you can be an active participant in your grandchild(ren)’s education.

If you are planning to visit with Grandparents over Spring Break, be sure to let them know about the new opportunity to support Rockford Education.

click here to donate now