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Four Rockwood Teachers Start Up Spiritwear Project To Benefit Rockwood Gives Back

Four Rockwood Valley Middle teachers pose for a photo wearing their "We Are Rockwood" T-shirt that they designed.Four Rockwood Valley Middle teachers have taken their passion for helping the Rockwood community to another level.

In an effort to show support for each of the four quadrants in the Rockwood School District - and with approval and encouragement from Principal Dr. Karen Hedrick - sixth-grade teachers Ashley Grace, Angie Ortinau, Megan Rammacher and Kassie Specht recently began a “We Are Rockwood” spiritwear fundraiser.

“We wanted a way to bring the whole district together," Specht shared. "When one of our neighboring schools experienced a loss, Angie mentioned that she wished we had spiritwear from every quadrant to show support, and our ‘We Are Rockwood’ design was born."

The four educators wanted each quadrant's colors to be featured – green for Marquette, maroon for Rockwood Summit, yellow for Lafayette and purple for Eureka – but still emphasize the bottom line that we are all Rockwood.

All proceeds will be given to the Rockwood Gives Back program, which provides assistance to Rockwood students who have a demonstrated need - whether it be food, clothing, tutoring or more.

They performed several runs to see the T-shirt in different colors and on different backgrounds. Grace served as the primary designer and placed the final touches on it with input from Rammacher.

“I think every one of us touched the design at some point, and it went through many versions,” Specht said. “We have had so much fun collaborating on this project that we are working on new ideas for other causes that are important to us. We also decided to make our teacher-themed designs available to friends who have asked about them. Our strong Professional Learning Community (PLC) dynamics have made this a great adventure together.”

“We are extremely proud of the final product and hope that staff and community members will be as proud to wear it,” Specht said.

To order a T-shirt in either adult or kids sizes, please visit this link. Shirts will be shipped directly to the buyer, and orders will be accepted through Thursday, March 31.

“We would love to see pictures of the Rockwood community rocking their ‘We Are Rockwood’ shirts when they receive them,” Specht added.

The foursome encourages those who place an order to share photos on social media with the hashtag #WeAreRockwood.

If you have questions, please email Kassie Specht or Angie Ortinau.

                            "We Are Rockwood" T-shirt display