Successful Rock the Block event

To the editor:

CARLINVILLE (Aug. 23, 2018) – If one was to regularly attend the monthly meeting of the Carlinville Community Unit School District #1 Board of Education, they would see that there are a lot of people and organizations that contribute above and beyond to create a district that serves the needs of the students and community. Often times, these people or organizations are highlighted for what they have done and it has been my personal agenda to try and have the board members sign a simple thank-you card that could be sent to those who have helped the district in a special way. I may be old school, but I still believe that in this era of email and text messages, a personally written thank-you card is still appreciated. Initially, I had thought of that approach to thank those who contributed to the recent Rock the Block back-to-school bash held at Carlinville Intermediate School on July 31. However, I quickly realized that given the number of contributors, (1) it would take a lot of thank-you cards and (2) I would unfortunately overlook some of those who contributed to the success of the event. So I hope this letter will be read by those who contributed.

As was previously described in the Enquirer-Democrat, the event was open to all grade levels and attended by over 200 students. They had the opportunity to obtain school supplies, personal health and beauty needs, physicals, hair styling and cutting, and other school-related needs to help make their back-to-school checklist complete. Over 100 students will receive shoes free of charge as the result of the Rock the Block event.

How did all this happen? Well, someone said “what we need to do is…” and another 20 people brainstormed to plan the event. Church and civic organizations and businesses came forth with donations of time and money, as did many individual people. On the day of the event, over 50 staff of CUSD 1, as well as numerous community volunteers, gave of their time to bring someone’s “what we need to do” idea to fruition. I could start listing individuals and businesses, but would surely fail to recognize them all. So, on behalf of the Board of Education of CUSD 1, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to those who collaborated in whatever way to make this event possible. Thanks also to the students and parents who participated; after all, if no one attended, it would not have been a success. Planning is already underway to improve the event for next year, which will be held at the Intermediate School on July 30, 2019. Thanks again for all who helped bring a good idea to reality.


Dan J. Kallal, president

CUSD 1 Board of Education