RHS alum remembers hometown, leaves legacy

The Rockford Public Library has received a gift of $6,620.61 from the estate of Sandra Rose Lupino who grew up in Rockford and graduated from the Rockford public school system in 1962.

The Rockford Library receives a generous gift from benefactor Sandra Rose Lapino’s estate. Lapino, a 1965 Rockford High School graduate who died in October 2011, donated funds to promote community and education in the Rockford area.

The Rockford Library receives a generous gift from benefactor Sandra Rose Lapino’s estate. Lapino, a 1965 Rockford High School graduate who died in October 2011, donated funds to promote community and education in the Rockford area.

Lupino attended college in St. Cloud where she earned her teaching degree. She taught elementary education for 35 years at an inner city school for the disadvantaged in Flint, Michigan. According to family members, she was a single woman who accepted the children she taught as her family. She left gifts to many but wanted to give back to her community and to education. In addition to naming the library in her will, she gave identical gifts to Rockford’s Dollars for Scholars, and the Rockford Public School Foundation.

Library Branch Manager Theresa Jacobs spoke with family members about how Lupino would want the money to be used. Jacobs said that according to Lupino’s wishes, the library will use the gift for building the collection, adding programming, and taking care of some facility needs.

Rockford Public Library is part of the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) which provides library services at 32 locations in Central Minnesota. The library has a fund development program which solicits gifts for the regional library system as a whole, and also accepts gifts for individual branches. In that way, gifts can be used for addressing local needs and also for addressing system-wide needs.

“We are very grateful for this gift,” said Julie Henne, GRRL’s coordinator of communications and fund development. “Our libraries have an important role in supporting literacy and providing information to the community. They play a significant part in many people’s lives, and support from individuals such as Ms. Lupino helps to strengthen our services and broaden our impact.”

For more information, contact the Rockford Public Library at 477-4216.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.

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