Give a little. Help a lot.
The Rockwood Gives Back program is back for a second year. Our annual employee giving campaign from Sept. 9-25 provides every Rockwood staff member the opportunity to help our children in need.
Jaime Bayes, a Rockwood Board of Education Director and representative of Rockwood Gives Back, says that it's heart work: "We are all volunteers just doing our best for our kids."
Homelessness touches nearly every Rockwood school. Current numbers show 180 Rockwood students are homeless with 32 percent of those students residing in the county and 68 percent residing in the city as part of the voluntary transfer program. Each weekend, our homeless students receive a backpack filled with nutritious food items that are easy to open, simple to prepare and can accommodate a variety of living circumstances.
While Rockwood ensures students have healthy meals during the school day and a backpack of food for the weekend, even more help is needed. Some students may have difficulty paying for things most take for granted. A prep test for the ACT. Tickets for homecoming. Funds to participate in afterschool activities. Perhaps it's a family emergency that needs immediate attention.
Rockwood Board of Education President and Rockwood Gives Back volunteer Loralee Mondl says that supporting these needs makes a difference in a child's education. "It makes school a home where students know people care," she says. "We truly want to meet the needs in our school community." Learn more about Rockwood Gives Back and view the video below.