The Giving Ram

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

The students and staff of Rockford Public Schools truly make a difference in our community and in our world through volunteerism and donating to help those in need. Every year, the RPS community donates tens of thousands of dollars to organizations that serve others. Additionally, they volunteer thousands of hours of their time to make a difference in the lives of many people. Listed below are some of the ways we serve our community, country, and world. Please notify the RPS Curriculum Department at 616.863.6556 of any other RPS groups that are contributing to worthy causes so they can be included on this list.


  • Angel Tree at Christmas – many toys
  • Birthday cakes for Dickinson Elementary in Grand Rapids
  • Blood Drives – two blood drives – over 200 pints
  • Cell phone collection
  • Christmas baskets at North Kent Service Center
  • Congress Elementary Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser
  • Gilda’s Run
  • Juvenile Diabetes
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
  • Lions Club – eyeglass collection
  • MDA
  • Mel Trotter Missions
  • Military Units in Iraq
  • Mitchell’s Run
  • North Kent Service Center – 25,000 lbs of food and monetary donations
  • Numerous individual families in need – meals and money
  • Paws for a Cause
  • Relay for Life
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Youth Initiative prepared meals for Renucci House, Ronald McDonald House and “Love Feast”


  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Birthday cakes for Dickinson Elementary in Grand Rapids
  • Care for Kids
  • Cleaned many miles of the White Pine Trail
  • God’s Kitchen
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Homeless people in Grand Rapids, served meals to 220 people on four different occasions
  • National Honor Society - 300-400 hours of community service
  • Numerous individual families in need – meals and money
  • Relay for Life
  • Spanish III and IV - 200-300 hours of community service
  • Special Olympics – many coaches provided
  • St. Jude’s Hospital
  • STRIVE program – Rockford Rotary
  • Student Council members - 924 hours of community service
  • Varsity Football -  480–540 hours of community service
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