Work was approved at the January board meeting for new windows at Royal Oak High School (ROHS) over the next two years, and many of our schools will be getting new roofs. Work at ROHS and Oakland is wrapping up, while plans are being finalized for our next two schools, Upton and Addams.
Current work includes renovations and updates at the High School and Oakland Elementary. High school athletes will see new mens and womens locker rooms. Two new elevators will be available for students and guests to get to the Welcome Center, Gym, and Auditorium. A new logo was placed on the floor outside the gymnasium.
Oakland Elementary has a new addition that includes a classroom, cafeteria and a set of restrooms. All of the parking lot work is also completed outside of the addition. The kitchen is improved with new equipment and with more space.
The Royal Oak Woman's Club organized a contactless donation drive for this year's day of service. They collected items for four different organizations; Soles 4 Souls, Operation Smile, Welcome Inn Homeless Day Center, and the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center.
Royal Oak Woman's Club members helped to organize all of the donations before sending it off to the organizations.
Addams Elementary also arranged for a contactless donation drive with the goal of filling 400 Snackpax! Each grade was assigned a different food item to bring in for the donations.
Students were encouraged to add their own creative flair to the Snackpax and decorate the paper bags.
Royal Oak High School Senior Nicholas Regan (LEFT) organized a bottle and can drive for his senior project that was able to raise money for multiple charities in our area. But during a pandemic, it's not as easy as you'd think to do this type of project. Nicolas told us, "Doing a bottle drive seemed like a good idea, but it had a few flaws. For one how would I collect the bottles?" He decided that remote pick-up was the way to go. People provided their address and he made the trip to pick up the bottles and cans.
As collection day grew closer, Nicholas realized that he was going to need more days to pick up the items. He increased the pick ups to five days, returning the bottles and cans to stores daily. He had over 40 addresses to visit. He raised $1,287.
"Nicholas is living into the ROHS ideal of 'enter here to learn, go forth to serve.' I'm impressed by his creativity and determination in making sure he could complete a meaningful project safely in these uncertain times. Our ELA 12 Senior Service Projects provide powerful connections between learning and action." - Michael Giromini, Principal Royal Oak High School
The charities that benefited from the bottle and can drive were Teen Clean Closet, Royal Oak Youth Assistance, Metro Detroit Youth Clubs and Welcome Inn Day Center.
"I want to say thank you to anyone who donated to the bottle drive, every bottle made a difference. I also want to thank the charities for what they do and for helping me along the journey. To anyone who is striving to make a difference already has, by striving/pushing for change in the first place."
After graduation Nicholas is pursuing college with an interest in Environmental Sciences. In the meantime, he wants to continue to make a difference in some way, shape or form and even volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen.
LOOKING FOR WORK?
The City of Royal Oak is now accepting applications for school crossing guards. The school crossing guard provides assistance to children and other pedestrians in crossing at specified streets along school routes and performs related work as required, according to the job description. If interested, you can apply with this link.
We're hiring substitute teachers. EDUStaff is the district’s partner for substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and secretaries. If you are interested in learning more, please go to http://edustaff.org/ for information and to apply.
Individuals interested in working with and caring for school age children before and after school for our Young Oaks (Latchkey) Program should contact the Addams Early Childhood Center at (248) 288-3220.
We're now hiring custodians to join our team of cleaning professionals. Interested individuals can apply here.
For instructional and administrative positions, check the Oakland Schools Consortium portal at http://bit.ly/ROSJobs
Employment opportunities with Royal Oak Schools can be found on our website under Employment/HR. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Beth Caverly at the District Offices: firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 435-8400 x1210.