Thursday, Sept. 20, was a difficult day. News of a student passing away is always painful for the community. Tears, tissues and an unbearable silence filled the hallways at Jefferson High School. Students are honoring Marshawna Williams in many ways to show appreciation for the impact she had on their lives. It will take some time before things can start to feel normal again, but Jefferson students have already started to honor Marshawna with numerous acts of remembrance. Her locker was flooded with balloons, notes, photos and drawings by the time the weekend came. To provide support to the family in this time of need, students created candles and jars with Marshawna's photo, and wristbands with her initials are on sale at the school. During our homecoming football game, there was a moment of silence as purple balloons were released into the air to honor her memory. Students wore purple to school on Sept. 28, as well as to the football game that night against the Auburn Knights. Marshawna touched the lives of people all over her community, so the game was a special opportunity for Rockfordians to come together for a fallen friend.
Auburn High School officials introduced Milwaukee native Jason McClelland to several players and their families on Friday as their choice to lead the girls basketball program in the coming year.
The Chicagoland Summer Showcase, a boys basketball tournament featuring top talent across several states, brought in nearly $650,000 in economic activity to the region.
RPS 205 phone lines will be down for routine maintenance.
A limited number of bricks are in a pile outside the construction fence at the intersection of Union and Third streets, first come, first served.
Students and staff will promote several fundraisers in the coming months to raise money for the trip.
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