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SANTA'S WORKSHOP @ Ellis Elementary School!

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United Way of Rock River Valley is hosting a Santa's Workshop on Thursday, December 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for the students and families of Ellis Elementary School. This event will reward families at Ellis Elementary School for attending various family engagement activities throughout the school year. 


Ellis Elementary School is the pilot school for this program initiated by United Way of Rock River Valley. There are more than 500 students who attend Ellis Elementary School and live on the west side of Rockford. Ellis Elementary School is located in Ellis Heights Neighborhood, a focus area within our Strong Neighborhood Initiative. Our objective is to identify barriers in the community and improve the lives of the people residing in the neighborhood of Ellis Heights & Midtown District. The investment we have made in these particular areas impacts our community as a whole.  

Holiday Gift Vouchers have been disbursed to students and parents of Ellis Elementary School since the month of October for attending family engagement activities through Ellis Elementary School, Rockford Public School District 205, or United Way of Rock River Valley. The more family engagement events parents and their children participated in, the more vouchers they earned. Those vouchers will then be used at the Santa’s Workshop event being held at Ellis Elementary School on Thursday, December 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The more vouchers earned, the higher valued gift the recipient will be able to claim.

The Santa’s Workshop will feature a Visit from Santa and Friends, Sweet Treats, Hot Chocolate Station, Gift Wrapping Tutorials, Coloring Corner, and Letters to Santa. Each participant will then be able to use their voucher/s towards a donated gift inside “Santa’s Workshop.” Volunteers are needed to make this event fun for the families of Ellis Elementary School. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, contact Gina Meeks at 815.986-4822 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


There is still time to donate monetary gifts towards this event by texting TOYS to 40403. Follow the instructions, and any amount given will go towards gifts that will help encourage continued family engagement at Ellis Elementary School. 


This event could not be possible without the help of several community partners including: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (UAW 1268); UTC Aerospace Systems (UAW 592); TH Foods, Inc., UPS, Rockford Country Club and Classic Cuts and Styles. 

For more information or to become a volunteer for this event, contact Gina Meeks, Labor Engagement Manager at United Way of Rock River Valley at 815.986.4822 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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