On behalf of the Rocky River Education Foundation
It is my great honor to serve as the President of the Rocky River Education Foundation (RREF) for the 2021-2022 school year. Our mission is to enrich and provide added quality to the educational experience of the students attending the Rocky River City Schools. Our students are supported by the RREF in a variety of ways, from guest speakers to grants to increased access to technology, comfortable reading chairs, and state-of-the-art fitness centers. All that we do is centered around the cornerstone of supporting both the students and teachers of Rocky River so that they can access the highest quality, most globally competitive education.
As we know all too well, the last two years have been full of new and demanding challenges for our students, teachers, and parents. As the father of two children in our district, I have seen the challenges firsthand. I am proud to say that the RREF helped support our schools to rise to meet these challenges. How did we do it? As always, we listened to the needs of our educators and administrators and provided $63,000 in grants to benefit multiple grades in every school building in the district.
By way of example, grants from the RREF funded new DSLR cameras for high school students, helped Goldwood students to "adopt'' stuffed animals to read to, and facilitated the purchase of a book for every middle school student as part of the "One Book One Day" initiative. RREF grants provided much-needed support to our teachers as they worked to deliver cutting-edge technology and experiences to our students.
In addition, RREF continued its work of administering scholarships to deserving senior students from the class of 2021. Last year, 45 scholarships were awarded totaling more than $91,000. These scholarships were awarded to a wide variety of students with different fields of study, backgrounds, and qualifications.
The RREF continues to be one of the longest running and most effective education foundations in the greater Cleveland area. I am proud that RREF is a partner to the Rocky River School District, which was once again at the top of state and local rankings for 2020. Though the State of Ohio did not release School Report Cards for 2020 due to the pandemic, we have every reason to expect that RRCSD will earn an 'A' ranking again for 2021!
Your generosity makes this all possible. This year you have three different ways you can support our students and educators through RREF:
- Make a donation at www.rredfoundation.org.
- Purchase raffle tickets and enter to win a brand new Chevy Trax, generously donated by Serpentini Chevrolet. Winning ticket to be pulled at the RREF Gala.
- Attend the RREF Gala at Westwood Country Club on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
We hope you'll consider taking advantage of all three options! In particular, the RREF Gala is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is always a sellout event. Due to pandemic-related restrictions, the Gala was virtual in 2020 and was scaled back in 2021. We're planning for the 2022 Gala to be back to full capacity and better than ever! So please mark your calendars and plan to join us on March 26th. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
Thank you for your continued support,
Dave Westerfield, President