Olson Olson Olson in distinguished youth program

Abigail Olson, a fourth grader at Milano Elementary School, has been selected as a candidate in the Distinguished Youth of Texas Scholarship and Recognition Program to be held Nov. 25-27 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio.

During the weekend competition, two students will be chosen to receive a $1,000 United States Savings Bond and the right to serve as a state program titleholder for one year. In all, more than $5,000 in awards and prizes will be presented to various participants.

The Distinguished Youth Program is designed to recognize girls in grades 2-7 who rank high academically and who are leaders in their schools and communities.

Olson, the daughter of Becky and David Olson, is sponsored by Lee’s Landing, Bassler Energy Services and Robert and Linda Holt.

GED classes in Rockdale on hold until Jan. 9

According to Shirley Jensen, GED coordinator, all GED classes have been cancelled for the month of December.

The last class to be held before Christmas holidays at Rockdale Junior High will be on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 9.

Rockdale PTO Santa Shop coming to town

The Santa Shop will soon be coming to the Intermediate and Elementary Campus in December, Rockdale PTO spokesperson Melissa Reynosa announced.

“This is a way for our students to shop for their loved ones during the holidays. The shop will be set up at the Elementary for two days and the Intermediate for two days,” Reynosa said. “We will be needing as much help as possible from our parents. Please contact the PTO if you would love to volunteer. This is again a great fundraiser and benefits all who have students at these campuses.”

Contact the group at, attention: Santa Shop.

Box tops for big bucks

Rockdale PTO is currently collecting “Box Tops for Education” at the elementary, intermediate and junior high campuses.

Milano Elementary’s PATCH Club is also collecting box tops.

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 ways to earn box tops rewards for your local schools visit

2011-12 yearbooks on sale Monday, Nov. 28

RISD yearbooks will go on sale Monday, Nov. 28. The book will have a spring delivery date (on or before May 21), which makes it possible for students to have their friends and classmates sign their books before classes dismiss for summer.

With a spring delivery, the yearbook pages for prom, graduation, valedictorian /salutatorian, honor graduates, 8th grade promotion, and 8th grade dance will be printed as a supplement.

The supplement will have an adhesive strip that will easily insert into the back of the yearbook. These pages will have an early summer delivery date.

High school yearbook prices are $45 if purchased before Jan. 1 and $55 if purchased after Jan. 1.

Parents, it is not too late to get your senior brag ads.

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