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Virginia first lady, secretary of education visit local school

Education–from left (back row) Jennifer Mullen, First Lady Pamela Northam, VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, State Senator John Edwards, Morgan Strother, principal, Monterey School, S. Neighbors, teacher and RCPS Superintendent Rita Bishop celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with children Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Monterey Elementary School. – Photos by S. Hale

by S. Rotan Hale

As teachers in many schools across the nation protest for higher pay, the movement posed no damper locally as Teacher Appreciation Week was celebrated Tuesday, May 8 with a rare visit from First Lady Pamela Northam (wife of VA Governor Ralph Northam) and the State’s Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. Continue reading Virginia first lady, secretary of education visit local school

Presbytery of the Peaks – Presbyterian Women

Presentation from left: Becky Brandenberger, Diane Patty, Helen Dean and Lt. Joshua Webb.

At a recent Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women of the Peaks Presbytery PC(USA) held at Christiansburg Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian women chose as their mission project to donate items and assemble individual hygiene kits to be donated to the Salvation Army in Roanoke. Approximately 70 attendees from 25 Presbyterian churches put together 50 kits and also donated additional hygiene items. Continue reading Presbytery of the Peaks – Presbyterian Women

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announces $155,000 in Scholarships

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced the awarding of $155,000 in educational scholarships during its annual scholarship dinner, held May 8 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

The Foundation administers 54 endowed scholarship funds and received over a thousand applications for scholarships this year. Recipients were selected on a competitive basis using criteria established by donors at the creation of the scholarship endowment. Continue reading Foundation for Roanoke Valley announces $155,000 in Scholarships

Feeding America Southwest Virginia wins Food Lion “Food King” award

Feeding America Southwest Virginia was honored recently with the “Food King” award at Food Lion Feeds “Feedy Awards” at the Food Lion headquarters in Salisbury, NC.

The Food King Award honors a food bank that “demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support, innovation, encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in hunger-relief programming and community involvement.” Continue reading Feeding America Southwest Virginia wins Food Lion “Food King” award

Goodwill to open Youth Center at Melrose Jobs Campus

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys will open a Youth Center at the Goodwill Jobs Campus on Melrose Ave. early this summer. This announcement comes on the heels of construction beginning on the City of Roanoke’s Melrose Branch Library, which will occupy a portion of the Goodwill facility closest to Forest Park Academy.

“Youth need a safe place to come together in the summer and after school during the school year,” states Mary Ann Gilmer, vice president of Mission Services. Continue reading Goodwill to open Youth Center at Melrose Jobs Campus