Rainbow Academy celebration Oct. 27

The Rainbow Academy & Learning Center, 6413 Forest Hills Road, will host a Rainbow Harvest Festival from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.

The event will feature pony rides, raosted corn and potatoes, a meet-and-greet with state Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford), the McNulty Irish Dancers and child-friendly games and activities. Also bid a fond farewell to Leonard and Shirley Wilde as they pass the baton to JeanMarie and Dale McCormack.

Thirty-two years ago, Rainbow Academy and Learning Center was founded by the Wildes. They have decided to retire and have recently sold the schools to the McCormacks. JeanMarie McCormack serves as the principal and Dale McCormack is facilities director.

A founder appreciation ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. in the gym. Local dignitaries, students and teachers, present and past, are also invited to share their personal “Wilde Experiences” from the past three decades.

Rainbow Academy and Learning Center is a private, Christian school and child care facility serving children from 6 weeks through 8th grade. On a 3-acre campus on the Rockford/Loves Park border, children are taught using the A Beka curriculum; an accredited, accelerated, academic program. The philosophy allows children to progress according to ability, not just age. The Academy also houses the Dale Rimmer Memorial Gymnasium, home to the Rainbow Rockets basketball and volleyball teams.

Event is free, and the public is invited. For more information, visit rainbowrockford.com or call (815) 877-1489.

from the Oct. 17-23, 2007, issue

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