Rockdale Christmas Roundup was another huge undertaking again this year, and Rockdale ISD provided it’s much needed support for the success of this event. As in many prior years, students and staff members from all four Rockdale ISD campuses had the opportunity to volunteer or donate food items and cash during our annual Rockdale Christmas Roundup.
The Annual Winter Wonderland & Parent Involvement Night hosted by Rockdale High School with Rockdale Elementary, Rockdale Intermediate School staff members was held on Dec. 4th. A variety of games and fun activities were provided for students along with hot cocoa and cookies. Parents were given the opportunity to receive information on Title I, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement, Dyslexia, Every Student Succeeds Act, Technology & Food Service. Door Prizes were given away during the event and a 39” LED Smart TV was the major door prize given away at the end of the evening. The winner of the TV was Richard Taylor. This year Winter Wonderland raised $561 in cash and collected over 300 food items donated to Christmas Roundup.
The Rockdale Intermediate School led the way in cash and food donations. RIS Student Council donated $300 dollars and RIS students donated $106 for a total of $406 in cash for Christmas Roundup. Rockdale Intermediate School Teachers donated $640 dollars in cash in support of Christmas Roundup, so the total of cash donations from the Rockdale Intermediate School was $1,046. Also, the campus collected 115 boxes of Cocoa Mix, 233 boxes of Jello, 422 boxes of Mac & Cheese, 143 Cans of Chicken, 68 cans of corn and 76 cans of Green Beans with a total of 1,072 food items collected. Student Officers from the Early Act First Knight (Sponsored by the Rockdale Rotary Club) and RIS Student Council helped pack boxes on Tuesday December 17th at the KC Hall during Christmas Roundup.
The Rockdale Elementary School took part in a competition that encouraged student donations this year. Collection bins labeled with 3 staff member names Principal Alesha Eoff, Asst. Principal April Eschberger and P.E. Teacher/Coach David Monroe were provided, and the two staff members with the most items in their bins, received a pie in the face. The lucky staff members were Ms. Eoff and Coach Monroe. The food total donations by students were 173 cans of Corn, 214 cans of Green Beans, 67 cans of Chicken and 46 miscellaneous items. The collections began the first week of November with a total of 500 food items collected. Rockdale Elementary School Teachers donated $300 dollars to support Roundup as well.
The Rockdale Junior High campus collected 51 bags of Pinto Beans, 68 bags of Rice, 118 Cornbread Mixes, 32 Cans Chicken and 6 miscellaneous items for a total of 275 food items collected. Members of the Leo Club (Sponsored by the Rockdale Noon Lions Club) sorted and counted food items donated at the junior high, and worked on Tuesday Dec. 17th at the KC Hall to help with the packing of boxes with food and toys. Rockdale Junior High staff members donated $120 in cash for Roundup.
Rockdale High School Peer Assistance Leaders (PALs) assisted with sorting, boxing and counting food items on the Elementary and High School campuses again this year. RHS classes collected 103 Cans of Chicken, 181 Cornbread Mixes, 59 Instant Potatoes and 409 Ramen Noodles with a total of 752 food items collected. The RHS Student Council was another group of students who helped with packing boxes on Tuesday December 17th, and RHS Cheer donated $50 cash to Christmas Roundup this year.
Along with the students, a number of Rockdale ISD Staff Members volunteered throughout the days of Christmas Roundup, and helped make it a huge success again this year. Rockdale ISD donated a total of 2,300 food items and almost $2100 dollars in cash for the 2018 Rockdale Christmas Roundup. Rockdale ISD appreciates the opportunity to give back to our community especially during this time of year.
The Christmas Holidays are always very special for the staff and students of Rockdale ISD as we have the chance to spend time with our families and friends. Our holidays began on Monday December 24, 2018 and will end on Friday January 4, 2019. On Monday January 7th, staff members will be back at work for a Professional Development Day, and on Tuesday January 8th, staff members will report for a Work Day. Students will return to regular classes on Wednesday January 9, 2019.
On behalf of the Rockdale ISD Staff and Students, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Community of Rockdale for your continued support, and it is our hope that you have a Safe and Enjoyable Holiday Season.
Happy New Year!!