Thanks for assistance with Earth Day events

Dear editor,

On Friday, April 20, 85 high school students from six student organizations led the way for Rockdale’s 4th Annual Earth Day festivities.

They included the Student Council, Rotary Interact, National Honor Society, PALS, Spanish Club, and Spanish NHS.

On Saturday, April 21, two of our local Girl Scout Troops participated in their ongoing work at the Old City and Jewish Cemeteries. Yes, it took the young people from our community to lead the way and set the example for all of us to admire, and to learn from.

By far, this was our most successful date in four years.

Special thanks to High School Principal Tiffany Commerford and her leadership in coordinating our student volunteers, and to Jack and Beth Brooks for their work with the Girl Scouts.

Additionally, members of the Rotary Club, and several other citizens joined-in for this day of service to our community, clearing litter from miles of city roadways and parks, cleaning and refurbishing at the Old City and Jewish Cemeteries, and planting new life at the skate park.

It was a day for which our community should be proud.

Like any event, costs are involved for materials and logistics.

The following donors provided resources or financial contributions to make it all happen: All Saints Episcopal Church of Cameron, the Emmaus Project, First Materials and Technology of Minerva, Master Naturalists, Perry & Perry Builders, Rockdale Federal Credit Union, Rockdale Noon Lions Club, Walmart, Jan Beery, Richard Coppedge, Joyce Dally, Lucile Estell, Gary and Annette Griesbach, Rey Mata, Judith Matula, Chris Whitaker, and Carol Worley.

Special thanks are due to Mike Brown and the fine people at The Rock-dale Reporter for their support in promoting the month of activities which were held.

We are not finished yet. A rock garden is in process at the Rockdale ISD building, and funds have been set aside for a fall tree planting (date TBA).

We look forward to our fifth celebration in April of 2019, and in joining communities around the globe for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.

If you were unable to participate this year, know that any day can be Earth Day, by setting up time to clean-up, plant, or to commit yourself to “Re-use, Recycle, and Re-purpose.”

On behalf of this year’s committee, Anne Barr, Lori McVoy, Gary Griesbach, Rey Mata, Brad Owens, Collier Perry, and Lin Perry; thanks to everyone.

Dave Melton


Rockdale Reporter

221 E. Cameron Ave
Rockdale, TX 76567