RCHS Wrestling in immediate need of funds for uniforms!

Coach Alonso Allen, Rockdale County High School

“Last year I saw that the guys wearing all kinds of different uniforms on competition day, and I want help us be in sync and look like a team.” —Coach Allen

Our team has no uniforms, and the first match of the season is scheduled for November 8th. We need to place our order NOW!

The uniforms, or singlets, are important because we need to look organized and like a team. Motivation and drive to participate and win will improve. In the last two years, we have won region duals twice and traditionals once. We have had multiple state placers every year since 2012. This past year we had had four guys going to college on wrestling scholarships.

 I plan to have a system in place to check out uniforms for competitions, check them back in afterwards, and clean/maintain them so they can be used for several seasons.

Goal: $1,550 - Fully Funded By A Generous Community partner! 10/21/19


Feeding the Body and Mind

 "Students who don’t get the proper nutrition are at risk of falling behind their classmates who do. Similarly, students who don’t read regularly are also at risk of falling behind, and summertime is a challenge in both areas."  - Peggy Lawrence, Director, RCPS School Food Services

About 73% of Rockdale students qualify for Free & Reduced-price meals during the school year. Those same students need our support during the summer and receive it through our very successful summer food initiative, Be Bright, Eat Right Rockdale, that provides daily sack lunches for students in need. The district sends school buses into our most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods five days a week during the summer to provide a meal to any student who wants it. Three years ago, we realized those same students did not have access to the books needed to complete their summer reading.  The summer feeding program was the perfect vehicle to feed the mind and body at the same time! While students enjoy their food on our air-conditioned buses, they can select a book or two of their very own to take home and enjoy.

Funding for the books has been depleted. However, summer reading is still critical to a child's ability to not only retain information learned the previous year, but also to grow in knowledge and critical thinking skills for the coming year. Because it is so important, we are starting very early to identify new resources to allow us to continue giving children books to read. 

Approximately 1,000 students were served each day this past summer on our community routes, and the number is expected to grow next year. Any child, up to age 18, who comes to the feeding program may receive a book.

$500 will allow us to purchase about 100 books for distribution. 

We also accept donations of gently loved books that are appropriate for children in grades K - 12. These may be dropped off with the receptionist at rcps central office, 954 N. Main Street, Conyers, GA 30012.

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Raz-Kids Reading A to Z

Honey Creek Elementary - Kindergarten classroom

Goal: $109.95 - received from a generous community partner. many thanks!


Book Fair Fun

Lisa Tolbert, J. H. House Elementary Media Center

This project has been fully funded! Many thanks to our community partners!

GOAL: $400

Each semester our school sponsors a Scholastic Book Fair. While many students are able to purchase books, the majority of our students cannot.  Many of them have never experienced owning their very own book. I would like to give 20 students an opportunity to purchase their very first books with a gift of $20.00 each to spend at the Book Fair.  Please join me in making this wish come true!

“The Journey of a Lifetime Starts with the Turning of a Page.” Rachel Anders


Monet to Matisse: A Cultural Journey

Judith Washington - Salem High School - Grades 9 - 12 French teacher

Goal: $400

Students will accompany the French teacher to the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia, sometime between now and February 10th, to see the exhibition featuring the French Impressionist painters from the 19th and 20th centuries in an effort to acquaint them with this genre of art and educate them about this movement and its importance to French culture during and after the Bonne Epoque. In addition, the students will learn how the impressionist painters had a profound impact worldwide, laying the foundation for French avant garde and modern art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will be required to choose an impressionist artist, and, upon our return, give a multimedia presentation on the artist. Students must be able to state which aspects of the impressionist artwork places the work squarely in the genre, and which aspects were unique to the artist. This will give students a bird's eye view of an important time in French history.

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Creating Interactive Notebooks

Kimberly Palmer, Gen. Ray Davis Middle - 8th grade Language Arts

this project has been fully funded! thanks to our generous community partners!

Needed - $250 or donations of the following supplies:

  • Markers

  • scissors

  • card stock in all colors

  • laminating sheets.  

Interactive notebooks are a staple in the language arts classroom. Students grasp a better understanding for skills when the materials are printed, and they can write, draw or create on bright colorful paper as well as have all notes in one place in their notebook.  I utilize left side choices which is a strategy in which students can take the information taught to them on the right side of their notebook and interpret their understanding on the left based on the standard.  Some of the left side choices are bio poems, 3-2-1 summary, $5.00 summary, double entry journals, Game cards etc.  These are just a few as there are over 50 different ones that also touch on various learning styles.  In other words, there is something for ALL learners.   Students now have their very own interactive notebook that functions as a textbook which helps to foster interactive learning.  By creating their own resources, utilize the resources, and refer to their creations when needed, we are giving students their learning power back and they are becoming owners of their learning and understanding key concepts in a variety of ways that are conducive to their own learning style and not having to completely conform to a “one size fits all” type of learning.  This will help them be successful both in the classroom and out of the classroom.


Good Habits Make the Difference!

Patryce Harvey, Gen. Ray Davis Middle - 8th grade ELA/GA Studies

GOAL: $355.75 ($14.23 per copy x 25 copies on amazon.com)

Students in my Study Skills class have spent years developing what Sean Covey refers to as "Habits of Defective Teens".  I recently began reading his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens aloud to this class, and I can see that the book is making a difference in their attitudes and approach to learning.  I would like to purchase a copy for each of my 25 students as a gift in order for them not only to interact with the text, but to remind them of the power they have to change their own trajectory in life.

"Sow a thought, and you reap an act; sow an act, and you reap a habit;  sow a habit, an you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny". - Samuel Smiles

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Special Guitars for Special Students

Jeremiah Isbell, Music, Flat Shoals Elementary

Funding goal:  $500

$25.00 has been donated.

I am starting a guitar program in my elementary school. Some of my students lack the motor skills to properly fret guitar strings. I would like to purchase five guitars and five sets of "ChordBuddy" guitar fretting devices to assist with pushing and holding down the strings. These will help the students to be successful as we learn to play our guitars. With a little modification, they can "rock out" in music class!

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Memories to Last a Lifetime!

Mary Allen, 5th Grade, J. H. House Elementary

Goal: $750

My wonderful fifth graders are heading to Rock Eagle for three days in May 2019. This will be the first time that many of my students will get to experience a trip away from their families. They will build relationships, gain independence, and learn in a natural and hands-on environment. The students cannot bring cell phones on the trip which inadvertently prevents them from taking photographs. To overcome this, I will create seventy-five 30-page photo books from Chatbooks which compile pictures from our adult chaperones’ phones/cameras. The photo books will give students a treasured keepsake from this fantastic trip! Your support is very valuable!

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Make A Difference Class, Program Challenge, Flat Shoals Elementary

Tonya Jones - Flat Shoals Elementary

ongoing Goal: $500 per school year

goal met for school year 2016-2017

goal met for school year 2017-2018

goal met for school year 2018-2019

goal met for school year 2019-2020

many thanks to our community partners for your continued support of this project!

About the project:  Mrs. Jones’ third grade students are getting involved and learning to make a difference in their local community.  Their project is to research the impact of $100 on a local non-profit organization. Five groups will work together to purchase the most goods to donate to a local organization in Rockdale County.  Here are the five organizations:

  • Rockdale County Animal Shelter

  • Elks Aidmore

  • Phoenix Pass

  • Resource Center for Community Action

  • Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund

Guest speakers will help students learn about their organizations and identify items needed.  Students will research and compare prices of needed items, using coupons to make the most of their money.  In addition, students will have an opportunity to shop and  purchase items.  On the last day of class, reps from each organization will come to our class for a special program where we will present our purchased items.

Why donate?  Your donation will not only help students learn about the importance of community service, but it will ultimately help a local non-profit organization as well!  Thanks in advance for your support of our class project.

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Taking Students from the Text to the Theater

Dornalie Henry-Antoine, C. J. Hicks Elementary, 1st - 5th grade ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) Students

$40 has been donated - PROJECT GOAL:  $ 700

Wow!  Do you remember the first time you went to the theater?   We want to share that wonderful experience with our students.  We would like you to help us fund a field trip to the Center for Puppetry Arts Theater to see a rendition of the famous book “Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach”.  The Play is titled La Cucarachita Martina. The ESOL students will get a chance to see text come to life.

Please help us fund this wonderful theater experience.

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Cultivating Growth

Charlotte Walton, Sims Elementary Art Club

Project Goal: $500

$10 has been donated.

I would like to beautify the outside of our school where it looks like a garden once was. I will enlist the aid of my art club scholars to assist with this project. We will paint a mural on the bricks, plant bright flowers, and possibly add a bench.  I believe my art scholars will not only find joy in completing this project, but they will feel pride from a sense of ownership in beautifying our school . When a little color/paint is added it will brighten everyone's day. This project could also serve as inspiration for future beautification projects around the school.

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"Busy Bars" for the classroom

Tammy Trail, Barksdale Elementary (3rd grade)

Project Goal: $500

UPDATE:  $125 has been donated.

"Busy bars" are PVC pipes attached to the desk for students to remain active while seated at their desk.  Studies have shown students who remain active are more apt to stay engaged and focused on the task at hand.  I think this would be a great way to keep students motivated in the classroom.

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The Show Must Go On

Stephanie Tyler, Flat Shoals Elementary/Program Challenge, 5th grade Social Studies

funding goal:  $500

update:  $100 has been donated

Students will do time period and character research and apply their research to a stage production set during the Civil War era. Students will learn how to put on a theater production, from the construction and maintenance of props, designing and creating set pieces safely based on period research, synthesizing character research to performance level, working individually and within a group dynamic, publicizing a production, presenting the production to an audience, and facilitating the actualized production for community members, teachers, and other students. They will also learn about the value of helping their community by collecting donations for The Atlanta History Center to aid in the refurbishing of their Civil War exhibit.

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CJH Chess Champions

Monette Lowe, C. J. Hicks Elementary, grades 2 - 5

funding goal:  $1,000

CJH Chess Champions has been developed to provide a hands-on, fun approach to teaching elementary students basic algebraic expression, critical thinking, and socialization and communication skills.  Through healthy person-to-person engagement, our students will build skills that will help them throughout their academic and social lives.  Proof comes from the doctoral dissertation of Robert Ferguson, executive director of the American Chess School in Bradford, PA.  His findings saw that students engaged in computer or chess game activities can be well ahead of other students in several psychological tests -- scoring almost 13 percentage points higher in critical thinking and 35 percentage points higher in creative thinking areas. (Parent Magazine 2001)

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2019-20 Academic Booster Club

The RCPS Academic Booster Club supports student and teacher recognition programs and other school system events that cannot be funded by taxpayer dollars.  These programs honor students and teachers for their achievements and service to the students of Rockdale County.  Contributions also allow the school system to promote youth leadership initiatives and to show appreciation to those employees retiring from loyal service to education.  Programs supported by the Academic Booster Club include (but are not limited to) the Teacher of the Year Celebration, the Superintendent’s Academic Awards, the Retiree Recognition Reception, the Academic Showcase and county science and social Studies fairs.  Thank you for your generous and continued support of Rockdale County Public Schools!

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2019 Teen Leadership Summit Sponsors Needed

Greetings! Thank you so much for your support of Teen Leadership Summit – a conference for current and aspiring teen leaders in middle and high school hosted by the Rockdale County Public Schools. Your support in previous years helped us provide t-shirts and refreshments for the nearly 350 students who attend! Would you consider making a donation for the 2019 Teen Leadership Summit – our 8th annual event – to be held on Saturday, November 9?

Today’s Leaders Support Tomorrows Leaders:

If you commit to a minimum $50 sponsorship by Monday, October 28, your company/organization name will be included on the t-shirt that is given to all participants. The 8th Annual Teen Leadership Summit – #TLSparksChange – will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Rockdale Career Academy, 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

We appreciate Today’s Leaders showing their support of Tomorrow’s Leaders.

$100 Donated by a generous community partner! 10/21/19

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