On behalf of the Rocky River Education Foundation
The Rocky River School District’s mission is to “provide a caring environment and exceptional opportunities, resulting in successful students who are globally competitive.”
Our mission at the Rocky River Education Foundation (RREF) is to “enrich and provide added quality to the educational experience of the students attending the Rocky River Schools.” We do this by supporting the Rocky River City Schools (RRCS) in many ways, such as awarding grants, administering scholarships, and other funding.
As President of the RREF, I am proud to say that, last year, we funded nearly $70,000 in grants across our district! Those grants were written by our teachers and administrators to provide funding for creative ideas, state of the art concepts, and cutting edge ways of learning. Our grants are diverse and encompassing, benefiting every school in the district and all grade levels, and supporting all academic areas including technology, math, science, arts, and special education. We awarded one of our most recent grants to the Rocky River Middle School for over $20,000 to help upgrade the fitness equipment.
In addition to funding grants, the RREF plays a vital role in administering scholarships to deserving senior students each year. Last year, 54 scholarships were awarded totaling close to $80,000. These scholarships were awarded to a wide variety of students with several fields of study, backgrounds, and qualifications.
The RREF has also provided critical funding to RRCS for the Virtual Speaker series featuring Dr. Damour. These virtual presentations are available to students, faculty, administrators, and the Rocky River community to provide information and resources for navigating daily life during times of high stress, anxiety, and disruption.
The RREF works hand in hand with the RRCSD to provide the best quality education for our children, and the results are nothing short of incredible! In 2019, the Rocky River School District scored 109.385 to rank second in the state, marking the 10th straight year the district has ranked in the top 10. Rocky River was one of just four districts in the state to earn A’s on all reported components of the State Report Card, receiving A’s in Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate and Prepared for Success. In addition, Rocky River was one of 31 Districts in the state to earn an overall A. Our community’s overwhelming support makes this all possible.
On a personal note, my work for the RREF is inspired by the special connection I have to education, in general, and RRCS, in particular. My wife has dedicated over 25 years of teaching in the district and our two wonderful children are students here. In fact, we moved to Rocky River specifically for the outstanding schools and supportive community. That decision has been affirmed time and again by the talented and passionate administration, teachers, faculty, and students that come together to make this school district a success.
You make the difference in our children and their education. I invite you to consider making a donation to the RREF at www.rredfoundation.org so we can continue our important work on behalf of the students in our district. You can make a one-time donation or arrange for legacy giving that will impact Rocky River students for years to come.
Finally, please mark your calendars. We are planning this year’s RREF Gala at Westwood Country Club on Saturday, March 27, 2021. I invite you to be part of our largest fundraiser of the year. Our Gala continues to set records and sells out every year even in difficult times. I look forward to seeing you there! My sincere thanks and blessings to you.
Thanks again for your support,
William (Bill) Blough, President.