Carver alumni celebrates the legacy at reunion

Reunion (l-r seated): Betty Fennell, Cedonia Huges and Andre Peery. Back row: Artice Ledbetter, member City of Salem School Board; Tommy McDonald, pres. Salem Education Foundation Alumni Assoc. and Kristyn Schmidt, GW Carver Elementary Principal. – Photos by S. Nowlin

by Shawn Nowlin

Hundreds of students from all backgrounds will attend George Washington Carver Elementary School this year. They will hang out in the lunch room. They will work together on school assignments. Some will even forge lifelong friendships outside of the classroom. Things were a lot different a few decades ago.

Over a 26-year period, from 1940 until 1966, Black children in grades one through twelve throughout Salem attended the Carver School which was part of Roanoke County’s school district at the time. Following court orders to integrate in 1966, Carver officially closed as an all-black school before reopening as Salem Intermediate School a few years later. Continue reading Carver alumni celebrates the legacy at reunion

Apple Ridge Farm dedicates STEM Lab to noted local Astrophysicist

New facility honors Dr. Beth Brown’s work at NASA
Dedication (l to r): Apple Ridge founder Peter Lewis with Frances Brown, mother of Dr. Beth Brown and John Lewis, executive director, Apple Ridge at the organization’s Annual Family Fun Day. – Photo by Donna Davis

Apple Ridge Farm held its Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The festive event was held at the Camp facility located in Copper Hill, VA, and featured live music, tennis demonstrations, tours of the camp facility, swimming, a parent workshop, and lots of delicious FREE Food! An enthusiastic group of over 120 adults and campers enjoyed a day filled with games, fun, reflections and recognition. Continue reading Apple Ridge Farm dedicates STEM Lab to noted local Astrophysicist

NNEO, Inc. celebrates National Night Out 2017

ATTENDEES (l-r): RCPD Lt. Hartman; Delegate Sam Rasoul, Gene Yagow, Captain Morrison, Evangeline Jeffrey, and Delores Young.

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, the officers and members of the Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization (NNEO), Inc., 802 Loudon Ave. – celebrated National Night 2017. National Night Out is an annual crime prevention and awareness program sponsored by neighborhoods and communities across the Unites States. Continue reading NNEO, Inc. celebrates National Night Out 2017

Deltas award $10,000 in Scholarships

The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2017 Delta scholarship recipients. These students have exemplified high academic excellence, outstanding extracurricular activity involvement and valuable participation in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority programs. Throughout their high school years they have been dedicated to community service. The recipients, their high schools, their colleges, major and their parents are listed as follows: Continue reading Deltas award $10,000 in Scholarships