Rutherford Weekly

June 01, 2023

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ReachingROCO, a local media company and the fi rst youth and young adults publication in Rutherford County, is proud to announce the launch of its highly awaited Summer 2023 Graduate Edition. Now available at www.ReachingROCO. com, the edition highlights the remarkable achievements and inspiring stories of local students. ReachingROCO's mission is to advocate for Youth, Young Adults, and Those Who Guide Them. They seek to represent the middle ground between honoring their home roots while lifting the next generation into the future. ReachingROCO aims to inspire change and build a better community. The issue features heartfelt articles from the pens of ReachingROCO's apprentices, all of whom are Rutherford and Polk County students. Readers will fi nd unique stories and interviews with students detailing their struggles and triumphs, as well as their celebration of the mentors and resources that guided them along the way. Spotlights include community resources, local nonprofi ts, small businesses, and more. "Launching this Graduation season with our premier magazine issue has us brimming with excitement," expressed RJ Aiken, founder of ReachingROCO and a renowned community activist. "The dedication and effort put forth by our students and contributors deserves recognition." The magazine not only promotes student work but also acknowledges the mentors who guided these apprentices, providing constructive feedback and assistance as needed. The cover of the issue displays the talented work of Emma Greene, a featured photographer and local small business owner in Rutherford County. Fountain Electric, the presenting sponsor of this issue, has generously purchased a copy of the magazine for each graduating senior in Rutherford and Polk counties. Dylan Henson, Director of Community Relations at ReachingROCO, praised this gesture, saying, "this invaluable opportunity for graduates who may not [be able to] afford the magazine is possible thanks to Fountain Electric's belief in the next generation." In another exciting announcement, ReachingROCO will give away $1,000 to two lucky Rutherford or Polk County graduates in the form of two $500 certifi cates. The drawing will occur live on ReachingROCO's Facebook and their YouTube channel on June 25 at 7:30 PM. To participate, graduates can register on ReachingROCO. com by completing the survey. The winners will be contacted on June 26. ReachingROCO encourages community members to support these student apprentices as they commence their next adventures. "As we embark on this journey, we'd like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our community members for their unwavering support," Aiken said. "ReachingROCO remains committed to empowering the youth and young adults, nurturing hope, and fostering a positive vision for our county's future." ReachingROCO is a grassroots publication and movement dedicated to advocating for the upcoming generation by empowering Youth, Young Adults, and Those Who Guide Them. Their content aims to inspire change and instill the values of responsibility and accountability. ReachingROCO seeks to embrace progress and uplift the next generation while honoring their home roots. ISSUE NO. 22 • June 1, 2023 ISSUE NO. 22 • June 1, 2023 • • • 828-248-1408 • 828-248-1408 A Special Edition KEEPSAKE EDITION KEEPSAKE EDITION Featuring Graduation Class Photos Congratulate This Year's Graduates With An Ad In Our Upcoming 2023 Graduation Edition Contact Maya 704-472-7892 Email: Publishes Thursday, June 8 Congratulations N.C. TRACTOR & FARM SUPPLY 299 Railroad Ave., Rutherfordton • 828-288-0395 Mobile: 828-429-5008 • SALES • SERVICE • PARTS IF YOU BUY ANYWHERE ELSE YOU WILL PAY TOO MUCH! IF YOU BUY ANYWHERE ELSE YOU WILL PAY TOO MUCH! PROUDLY SERVING RUTHERFORD, CLEVELAND, GASTON, LINCOLN, POLK COUNTIES AS THE AREAS HOMETOWN MASSEY FERGUSON DEALER. Great Selection Great Selection Our 31 st Year • Over 25,000 Weekly Readers Submitted by ReachingROCO. Photos contributed. The Wait is Over Apprentices at East Rutherford High School wrote about Coach Larry's leadership and lasting values instilled on the Lady Cavaliers basketball players. SMALL TOWN FRIENDLY, BIG TIME RESULTS Graduates Gracie Allred from REaCH, Reagan McCranie from Chase High, Emily Huddleston from R-S Central High, Jay Twitty from East Rutherford High, Maylan Maxwell from Thomas Jefferson Classical, and Kris Littlejohn from Polk County High grace the cover of this year's graduation edition of ReachingROCO. R-S Central High School Students show pride and excitement for another year accomplished. ReachingROCO's Graduation Edition Available

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