EDUCATION NOTES Rockdale PTO sets fall festival for Oct. 7 Locals earn master degrees from Lamar Box tops for big bucks PTO group sets Tuesday meeting RIS book fair next week

GOLDEN GIRL OF THE WEEK— Haley Wright, a sophomore at Rockdale High School was selected as dancer of the week for the RHS Golden Girls drill team. She is the daughter of Dr. Howell and Dorothy Wright. Dancer of the week is chosen by officers of the RHS Golden Girls.

The Rockdale Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) has set its annual fall festival for Friday, Oct. 7, spokesperson Michelle Barcak announced.

The festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Rockdale Intermediate School.

There will be games, door prizes, food and much more for the whole family, Barcak said. All tickets for games, etc. are four for $1.

BEAUMONT—Several area residents received master degrees from Lamar University during commencement ceremonies held Aug. 13.

Receiving their master’s degrees were:

Rockdale— Brent Paul Hasselbach, Jim Michael Kerbow, Lindsey Renee Lillard, Jarad Landon Richards, all administration.

Cameron— Kathryn Anne Barrett, educational technology leadership.

Milano— Catrina Noriene Steinbecker, administration.

Gause— Courtney Deane Todd, administration.

Rockdale PTO is currently collecting “Box Tops for Education” at the elementary, intermediate and junior high campuses. This program has raised over $4,000 for these campuses over the past several years, according to Michelle Barcak, spokesperson.

Collecting box tops is an easy way to support RISD schools. Simply clip the box tops from participating products and send them to each campus. Each box top earns 10 cents and that money will stay at the campus the box tops are sent to.

For more information on additional ways to earn box tops rewards for your local schools visit

The next Rockdale PTO meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the RJH commons area.

The group would also like to thank Rockdale Signs & Photography, Rockdale Beauty Shop, The Rockdale Reporter, Busy Bea CafĂ©, Rockdale Country Ford, Lee’s Landing, Pizza Hut, Rockdale Sports & Embroidery and Texas Burger/Subway for donating toward the PTO membership drawing.

The Rockdale Intermediate School book fair will be held Oct. 3-7 in the school’s library, according to librarian Sarah Vreeland.

“Family night” will be from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Also, if parents would like to volunteer, please call the library at 430- 6120, Vreeland said.

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