Mind & Spirit
NWQ’s 2019 Guide to Schools

The Rockford area boasts several high-quality schools that successfully combine college-preparatory academics and the liberal arts. To help with your decisions on your child’s education, we’ve found a few of the best.

The Rockford Rotary Club’s signature program, the Rotary Academy, exists to serve youths of the community. About 240 students participate each year.
Rotary Club Investing in Rockford’s Young Leaders

Rotary Academy, the Rockford Rotary Club’s signature program, has impacted the lives of area middle school students for nearly two decades. Find out what why students find this program so beneficial.

Volunteers are the backbone of The Kitchen Table, but more are needed. Carolyn and Grant Brown, the founders of this community cafe, hope to recruit more helpers.
Feeding Rochelle’s Rich and Poor Alike

Say hello to the kind folks behind this Rochelle community cafe, which brings people of various income levels together for community fellowship over a warm meal.

Sue Lewandowski, Ethnic Heritage Museum board president, stands next to an Italian ceppo tiered tree inside the Italian gallery. The museum highlights six ethnic groups, each with its own room full of exhibits and artifacts.
Ethnic Heritage Museum: Preserving the Past to Protect the Future

Learn more about the colorful exhibits and artifacts inside this unique tribute to Rockford’s past residents, and discover what awaits inside the adjacent Graham-Ginestra House, the museum’s newest addition.

St. Patrick Parish, Dixon, Ill.
Country Church/City Church

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship in each issue.