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RPS 205 Students Help Put Downtown Decorations Back in the Box

SSAC students volunteering

Although Santa only made a virtual visit to Stroll on State this year, the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) did the work of elves.

Serving the community is a primary goal of the SSAC. In the past, the council participated in the Stroll on State parade. We greeted and mingled with the crowd dressed as iconic holiday characters. This year, face-to-face events weren’t possible. To supplement this missing link, the SSAC helped make decorations bigger and brighter. With the help of other volunteers, Downtown Rockford looked as vibrant and festive as ever, and Stroll on State 2020 was a success.

One week into the new year, the SSAC took to downtown to help Stroll on State organizers put away holiday decorations and clean up the streets. Dragging 3,000 pounds of pine tree through downtown Rockford isn’t how most high schoolers envision a Saturday morning. Students were tasked with detangling lights, packing up decorative presents, and, as mentioned previously, hauling a Christmas tree down to the wood dump. By the end of the day we were muddy, cold, and happy to be helping our community.

“I’m so excited that we’re slowly easing back into being able to do community service,” said Guilford senior Mohammed Aljibori. “Despite all the pain going around now, it’s good to do something for others.”


Jeff Snedagar holding his dog

Jeff Snedegar

Jeff Snedegar attends Guilford High School and is in the class of 2021. Jeff is part of Guilford's varsity tennis and quiz bowl teams, as well as the Rockford YMCA Rowing Crew. He is president of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Jeff will study media at Northwestern University this fall.

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