Earning spending money can be difficult for kids. Mowing the lawn, babysitting
or completing extra chores are some of the few ways middle schoolers can
scrounge up money for the movies. But at 16-years-old, kids can enter the
workforce. These RPS 205 high school students have taken full advantage of their
time this summer to work, and their jobs have given them both knowledge and paychecks:
Austin Pozzi, a rising junior at Guilford High School, has a summer job at Aldeen Golf Club where he maintains the equipment at the driving
range. “Working at Aldeen has helped me gain concentration by doing simple but
tedious hands-on-tasks,” Austin said. “My job gives me a reason to stay out of
the house and to make the money that I need for the summer.” Although Austin’s
favorite sport is still soccer, his employment has provided new opportunities
for his interest in golf to grow.
Miles Hutto, a rising junior at Guilford, is
working at Baker Street Burgers. His responsibilities are to clear and clean
the tables and expedite the food. “Working at Baker Street has been a great
experience for me. The people I work with are not only helpful and friendly,
but they prepare quality food.” Miles believes that diligence is one of the
most important traits he has learned at Baker Street. It takes a concentrated
effort to ensure that all of the customers have a good experience at the
Stephen Bovell, a rising senior at Auburn High School, is working for the Rockford Park District helping children with disabilities have fun
this summer. “Compassion is important when working with children with
disabilities. It (compassion) helps me to see the world through their eyes and
to understand and support them,” Stephen said.
June, July and August provide opportunities for
growth. Many RPS 205 high schoolers have spent their vacation working. Through
their experiences, they have learned that hobbies, skills, insights, as well as
dollars are gained through summer employment.
All Rockford Public Schools-sponsored activities and athletic events on Saturday, January 11, are canceled because of the anticipated severe weather.
Two high school academies in Rockford Public Schools have earned model status from the National Career Academy Coalition.
Families are encouraged to skip the long summer lines and sign up their children now for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year.
Rockford Public Schools will honor the work of three individuals and the family band Los Primos Cardenas as they are formally inducted into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame on March 7.
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