Local response to terrorism–community efforts

Local response to terrorism–community efforts


Library & League of Women Voters sponsor forum

The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford and the Rockford Public Library are co-sponsoring a two-part forum with panels of experts to promote understanding and healing during the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The first program took place Tuesday, Sept. 25. The second will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the University of Illinois College of Medicine auditorium, 1601 Parkview Ave. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Conklin School begins ‘Pennies for Patriotism’ campaign

The students, staff and families of Conklin Elementary School want to assist the many people helping with the massive rescue and recovery effort being conducted in New York and Washington, D.C. To that end, the school has begun “Pennies for Patriotism.” Children at the school are encouraged to bring pennies to school until Oct. 1. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. For more information about the program, contact Principal Barbara Quinn at (815) 654-4860. Conklin Elementary School is located at 3003 Halsted Rd., Rockford.

West View School student

teachers collect ‘Nickels for New York’

Student teachers at West View Accelerated School have begun a “Nickels for New York” fundraising campaign to assist the families of victims and rescuers in New York City. Students, staff members, parents and community members are encouraged to bring spare change—especially nickels—to the school. Collection bins have been placed in various locations throughout the school. To measure their success, the school will count every 10 cents as one mile. The goal is to collect enough change to trace a route all the way to New York City. The school has set up a map in the front foyer to track their progress. All monies collected by Friday, Sept. 28 will be donated to the American Red Cross during a special school assembly on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the school gymnasium, 1720 Halsted Road.

Motosports Park in Byron holds charity motocross race

Motosports Park in Byron, Ill. will hold a charity motocross race on Oct. 14. A donation of $2 from gate admissions and $5 from race admissions will be given to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The motocross race will include riders from throughout the Midwest, racing in several classes ranging in age from 4 years to 50-plus years. Both motorcycles and ATVs will be run. A silent auction will be held in the afternoon for several motorcycle-related items donated by local businesses. Businesses wishing to donate items for auction should contact Aaron Vincer. A Red Cross representative will be present to take individual donations and answer questions about the Red Cross. Motosports Park is located just south of Byron on German Church Road next to the Byron Nuclear Power Station. For more information, call (815) 234-2271 or visit the website, www.motobyron.com.

Local area artists to help lost firefighters’ families

Local area artists will hold a silent art auction to benefit the families of the lost New York City firefighters. The event will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 at Rockford City Plaza, 555 N. Court St. Music will be provided by local band BRB. All proceeds will be donated to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund c/o the International Association of Firefighters.

Teamsters respond to national emergency

Teamsters throughout the nation are donating their labor, time and resources to helping the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. At the direction of the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund, Chris Hope, a UPS driver, left Memphis before dawn Sept. 13 to carry a truck filled with phones, computers and other technology vitally needed by the World Trade Center disaster relief effort after an appeal from the Red Cross. The Teamsters General Executive Board unanimously passed a resolution condemning the terrorist attacks and calling for further action from Teamster members, including donating blood, contributions to the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund, local relief agencies and the Red Cross, and driving with headlights on for two weeks in memory of victims and solidarity with their families. Local Teamsters may join their brothers in sending contributions to the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund, c/o International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 25 Louisiana Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001, or call (202) 624-8954.

Rockford Business College holds blood drive

On Oct. 1, Rockford Business College will be hosting an opportunity for everyone to help the victims of terrorism. Everyone is invited to donate blood from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Rockford Business College. 730 N. Church St. For more information, please contact the college at (815) 965-8616 or Northern Illinois Blood Bank at (815) 965-8751. If you are unable to donate blood, Rockford Business College will also be collecting cash donations for the Red Cross. Please make checks payable to the American Red Cross.

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