Community service is key
Allen Sanders
RISD Community Relations Director

A couple of weeks ago we highlighted our Rockdale Intermediate School and the wonderful community service projects they have been involved in this year. This week, Denice Doss, the ACE iTigers coordinator at Rockdale High School would like to share a number of community service projects going on at Rockdale High School.

Christmas time is a time of giving back, volunteering and helping others. But at Rockdale High School the students are busy with community service, not only at Christmas but throughout the year.

PALS, under the direction of Brooksy Fisher, has volunteered at the Discovery Days Fall Festival, PTO’s Polar Express and Christmas Roundup. The Spanish Club, under the direction of Susan Pantaleon, has helped with the ESL adult classes, donated to the Thanksgiving and Christmas Round Up food drive and adopted a family for Christmas. The Drama Club, under the direction of Kristy Kaufman, has helped with Manor Oaks Fall Festival and adopted a child for Christmas.

The students of NHS, Christine Williams is sponsor, has helped with Tiger Stadium cleanup, Adopt-a-Highway, Christmas Roundup, Polar Express at the Rockdale Elementary School, as well as honor roll breakfasts and hallway decorating at the high school.

The Athletic Department is involved in many ways in the community. They adopted a child and collected for Christmas presents, they collected money for one of the victims of the Lexington car accident that claimed two Lexington High School students. They will visit the nursing home and do caroling for Christmas.

RHS boy athletes read to elementary and intermediate students and performed pep rallies during tootball season. They participate in the annual Rockdale Tiger Booster Club Homecoming parade for the community. Many of the players and coaches attended the MARC Center Halloween party. They also help with unloading trucks and trailers for various food drives at the food pantry. They sorted and delivered Christmas Roundup items. Both girl and boy athletes serve as coaches for the iTigers basketball and volleyball teams.

Several coaches lead the Fellowship of Christian Athletes each Wednesday for the students and they help with meals for the needy and go Christmas caroling to home-bound and other community members. They always help set up for the annual father-daughter dance.

STUCO, under the direction of Donna Scruggs, works with various events in the community, from helping with the Tejas Art and Book Festival to conducting bake sales to raising money for charitable causes.

Several high school organizations join together each year to honor the veterans during Veterans Day activities. And the list goes on and on.

The students and their teachers realize that community service is important and many of the organizations require it as part of membership. All of the organizations represent Rockdale High School well in the community and with the guidance of the high school teachers, the students are guaranteed to be headed in the right direction, being involved in their community to make it a better place for us all.

On behalf of the students and staff of the Rockdale Independent School District, we would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe New Year.

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