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T-Shirt Drive Results in More Than $2,000 Donation to Rockwood Gives Back

 Rockwood Valley teachers and Rockwood Gives Back representatives smile with a giant check donationA recent “We Are Rockwood” spiritwear fundraiser helped raise $2,090 for Rockwood Gives Back.

Four Rockwood Valley Middle sixth-grade teachers – Ashley Grace, Angie Ortinau, Megan Rammacher and Kassie Specht – designed “We Are Rockwood” T-shirts and sold them online earlier this spring to benefit Rockwood Gives Back, which provides assistance to Rockwood students who have a demonstrated need - whether it be food, clothing, tutoring or more.

The drive resulted in the sale of more than 300 T-shirts and a $2,090 donation to Rockwood Gives Back, which the teachers presented to Rockwood Gives Back committee members Jaime Bayes, Loralee Mondl, Dr. Terry Harris and Dan Steinbruegge at Rockwood Valley on May 12.

“Knowing that it’s going toward students in the community feels great,” Specht said. “The positive feedback of the message of bringing everyone together was awesome to see. We had so many community members reach back out saying they would love to purchase one. It wasn’t just teachers. It was also parents and students who wanted to wear them.”

The "We Are Rockwood" T-shirt features colors and mascots from all four district quadrantsEach Rockwood quadrant's colors are featured on the T-shirt – green for Marquette, maroon for Rockwood Summit, yellow for Lafayette and purple for Eureka – but the design emphasizes the bottom line that we are all Rockwood.

Because of the success of the spring drive, the educators have reopened the link to order. T-shirts are available in adult and kid sizes, and orders will be shipped directly to the buyer. Proceeds from the sales will continue to benefit Rockwood Gives Back.

“The idea that we’re going to keep seeing these T-shirts – which clearly show that Rockwood is united – speaks volumes about our teachers, who are willing to take something like this on and give the proceeds to something that goes right back to our families,” said Mondl, a former Rockwood Board of Education president.

“It’s another great example of how our entire Rockwood community continues to support each other in whatever way is needed or necessary: camaraderie and cooperation, building people up and taking care of their physical and mental needs,” added Bayes, the current Board president.