2017 Dec 6: RIS Community Projects

Rockdale ISD has a number of fundraisers and community service opportunities throughout our school year many of which sometimes go unnoticed. This week Rockdale Intermediate Principal, Mrs. Kathy Pelzel, would like to highlight community service projects on her campus.

Rockdale Intermediate School has been very busy this year working towards supporting our community with several projects. Our EAFK Rotary Club kicked off the year with fundraising to support childhood cancer. Students purchased Gold Out t-shirts in order to raise money for childhood cancer research. This was the platform chosen by this year's President, Braden Pickel. 

In November, RIS Student Council began our third annual Teacher Turkey Feather campaign. Student council members sold turkey feathers for teachers. The teachers in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade with the most turkey feathers had to dress up like a turkey the day school let out for Thanksgiving break.  Student Council raised over $900 from this activity matching our total from last year. This money is used for student council projects throughout the year, such as donating to Christmas Roundup, buying sports equipment for the playground and handmade teacher appreciation gifts for the staff.  The Student Council will also be able to cover the cost of the workshop the officers attend in the fall. 

Currently, our No Place for Hate initiative is working on connecting compassion and the holiday spirit to this initiative. We are decorating classroom doors with positive, compassionate comments to help remind students of the importance of this mindset over indifference. We are putting this into action by collecting food items for Christmas Roundup. RIS is collecting macaroni and cheese, jello, canned chicken and hot cocoa mix to support needs families in our community. We collected a total of 1507 items and hope break last year's record of 1785 items before December 8th. If you would like to help support our efforts you may drop off food items to Rockdale Intermediate School before December 15th.

The staff and administration at Rockdale Intermediate School could not be any prouder of our students.  They are working very hard to support our community and I am honored to say that their efforts are making a difference!  We look forward to many more exciting projects from them in the future.