Speaker Series

RREF kicked off funding efforts for the Rocky River City Schools Speaker Series at its annual auction/dinner in March. RRCS has been fortunate to have noted authors Loung Ung (First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers) in 2012 and and James Swanson (Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer) (2013) speak to the student body and the community as part of RRHS’s summer reading program. The “the summer reading speaker provides an exceptional opportunity for our students who get to hear first-hand the vision and process that goes into writing,” says RRHS English Department Chair Stephanie Minotti.

RREF, which helped fund the substantial cost of having these speakers appear, recognized the impact such speakers had on our students and the larger community and wanted to help ensure that the school district would be able to continue to bring in quality speakers. As a result, RREF had a special fundraising effort--Raise the Pirate--at its annual auction and raised just under $15,000 for the Speaker Series. RREF will continue its own fundraising efforts and look to partner with other organizations to help bring in authors/speakers to one or more schools in the district each year. As Minotti notes, “Collegiate experiences such as the speaker series are what set our students and community apart.”

National History Day a Success For RRCS’s Students

Thanks to an RREF grant, RRMS’s inaugural National History Day (NHD) program competed and excelled in the district competition.

The NHD program allows history to come alive for RRMS students by engaging them in the discovery of American History. This 8th grade after-school project challenges student teams to build and present an exhibit on an American History topic of their choice, as guided by the RRMS history teachers, including Frank O’Grady, and staff. NHD inspires students through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.

We congratulate the 6th grade NHD team for its first place award in exhibit design for its exhibit “Japanese American Internment Act (1942).” Team members advanced to the state competition in Columbus, Ohio, where, although they did not place, they enjoyed the competition as RRMS’s first ever gold medal team. Further accolades go to the silver medal winners for their exhibit “Trail of Tears-Indian Removal Act of 1830,” bronze medal winners for “Nelson Mandelal Versus Apartheid,” and honorable mention winners for the exhibits “Vietnam War: Coming Home” and “Watergate.” What an amazing effort by these students and the staff that supports them.

More Information

For more information regarding the Rocky River Education Foundation, please contact Adam Nazette at Adam.Nazette@gmail.com or 216-401-6848.