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The Richmond County Public Library at Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw campus announces that Morgan Weaver has become the 11th child at the library to complete the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Morgan is the daughter of Richard and Michelle Weaver of Dunnsville and they, al…

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all 4-H programs were moved to a virtual format, which included live programs using Zoom and hands-on activity kits that youth could do as a family. Virginia 4-H saw a need for virtual programming for teens in the area of healthy living. Thanks to funding from N…

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Two wonderful volunteers have been building small desks so that Boys & Girls Club members can complete school homework assignments or work on projects in their own space at home. “To date 15 have been built and more may be planned as the need arises. This is just one example of how the c…

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 Suzette Banks, who just turned five was awarded a certificate of completion and a book of her choice for participating in the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” national literacy program sponsored by the Northumberland Public Library.

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Every year the Virginia College Registrar’s Association has sponsored a long awaited college fair. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s program will be virtual. To make the program have added value this year’s fair will be expanded for eight weeks. VACRAO has partnered with StriveScan t…

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Washington District Elementary School was the recent recipient of several large donations. Mrs. Christie Douglas, principal, announced that the school received donations from Bobby K’s Restaurant in Oak Grove ($400 for the general fund), the Fredericksburg Elk Lodge (Back packs), and Ebeneze…

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Parents and students were given the good news that Westmoreland County Public School students will receive free breakfast and lunch every week. WMLCPS is a division-wide Community Based Eligibility system and all students are eligible this year for the free lunch. Menus are placed on the sch…

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First photo: On Day 1 of their school year, Brianna Kelly (L) and her brother Travis work on an assignment assisted by BGCNN staff member Bethany Griffith. Each child has their own school-supplied laptop, a box to hold their personal supplies, and a permanent seat at a table at least six fee…

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As the months go by, more and more of the new high school emerges. By the time of last week’s Westmoreland County School Board meeting, several foundational slabs had been placed, including for the gymnasium, the auditorium, the performing arts wing, and the electrical room.

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During this time, it’s pretty clear that schedules that had been set in stone just months before COVID-19 have now vanished. This turned out to be the case for Westmoreland County’s public schools at last week’s monthly School Board meeting as well, when a request was given for the start of …

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Bob Dylan said it best. “The times, they are a-changin’.” As it turns out, Westmoreland County’s education plans are too, if what Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry and Deputy Superintendent Cathy Rice unveiled at last month’s School Board meeting is any indication. Dr. Perry started things of…

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As the months go on, and the new high school gets closer and closer to completion, the looming question grows ever louder: should the new building have a new name, or take the old high school’s name and carry on with being Washington & Lee? Last month, the School Board laid out a process…

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northern Neck are committed to ensuring that all kids have equal access to resources and opportunities to help them have a great future. With this in mind, BGCNN, in partnership with county schools, is setting up Academic Support Centers for at least the fir…

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The Northumberland County Public Schools’ School Board met at the Northumberland County Middle/High School Auditorium for a regular meeting. The meeting was open to the public practicing physical distancing and face covering requirements. The public had access through audio conferencing as a…

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Four graduating Northumberland High School seniors received college scholarships from the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship. Scholarships of $1,500 each were awarded to Rebecca Baker, Eve Front, Anna Jett, and Kelsey Moss.

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The following message was posted to the Richmond County Public Schools' Facebook page on August 12:

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Beginning on March 23, near the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, four Lancaster Community Library volunteers began distributing reading materials and weekly activity packets to club members who they were no longer able to reach in person.  When the Boys & Girls Club’s summer program bega…

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The Dana B. Hamel Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, established in 2016 by friends and family, honors the founding Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System for his unselfish devotion and brilliant leadership. This annual scholarship provides financial assistance to students who dem…

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With the Westmoreland County School Board voting to switch from a hybrid education model to remote learning for the first nine weeks of school, the program they sought to use for such an event has come front and center. Deputy Superintendent Cathy Rice went into detail on it at last month’s …

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There is a new administrator at Cople Elementary School. Previously an assistant principal at Christiansburg Middle School in Montgomery County, Virginia, Michael Bathgate, started his new position as assistant principal on July 1, 2020.  He brings with him more than 14 years of teaching exp…

Chesapeake Academy is pleased to announce that Ms. Kelly W. Antonio has accepted a position as the Director of Admission. Antonio, who joined Chesapeake Academy in instructional support and taught in the school’s lower school for 17 years, is well prepared to highlight the school’s innovativ…

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The River Counties Community Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education have awarded grants to support the College’s community-based efforts to increase college enrollment among area high school students.

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Eight months ago when she was preparing for State Beta Convention, Taylor Vaughn never thought that she would place first in Virginia for Apparel Design or that she would be having to “attend” the National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, virtually.

Back in March, COVID-19 plowed through the country, the disruption from concerns about its possible effects being akin to the typical bull in a china shop, and the school system here in Westmoreland County was no exception. While everybody hunkered down and worked on learning through meeting…

Driving along sandy roadsides and fields of the coastal plain in summer, it is always a delight to find our native Purple Passionflower, a deciduous vine with dark green, three-lobed leaves and exquisite, showy flowers and edible fruit. This vigorous vine is native to the southeastern US fro…

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When the doors finally open for the new year at Montross Middle School, excited students will meet an equally excited new administrator. Mrs. Leah Segar was recently selected to be the assistant principal at MMS.

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The Northumberland County Public Schools’ School Board met at the Northumberland County Middle/High School Auditorium for a regular meeting. The meeting was open to the public practicing physical distancing and face covering requirements. The public had access through audio conferencing as a…

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Boys & Girls Club members, ages 6 to 9, have been enjoying the first two weeks of their summer program at the Dream Fields Hayden Building. Each child has an assigned seat at a long table, at least six feet from their nearest neighbor. Masks are required for staff and for children if gro…

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Five Colonial Beach High School (CBHS) seniors recently received a total of $2,500 in scholarships from Beach Arts Music Mentoring (B.A.M.M.) through the Colonial Beach Community Foundation. Each student was awarded a $500 scholarship to use for the upcoming academic year.

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Educator Mark Van Doren once wrote, “The art of teaching is the act of assisting discovery.” Westmoreland County Public Schools are very fortunate to have many incredible and talented educators who guide students on an incredible educational journey every day. Since 1964, school systems have…

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Five seniors graduating this year from Northumberland High School have received scholarships from Historic Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of our local economy—our healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and trades-people. It’s hard to go through your day without being served by an RCC alum is some way. …

The Northumberland County Public Schools’ School Board met at the Northumberland County School Board Office beginning at noon for a Special Called Meeting and 2020-2021 Budget Work Session. The public had access through audio conferencing as a result of the Governor’s Executive Orders and CO…

At the Westmoreland County’s School Board meeting a few weeks back this month, scholarships were discussed. WCPS’s Superintendent, Dr. Michael Perry, had prepared a presentation for the board that displayed the numerous scholarships that had been awarded to the graduating class of the 2019-2…

The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for budgets everywhere, and Westmoreland County’s public schools were no exception. Unfortunately, there was a bit more information on the already dwindling school budgets at this month’s School Board meeting. Deputy Superintendent Cathy Rice was on hand…

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Although the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors did not increase the county’s funding of its schools over the 2019-2020 funding at its June 18 meeting, the schools will still have $336,126 more for the coming fiscal year than during the last.

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Back when fears about the COVID-19 were at their fever pitch, just about everything ground to a halt. The quest for a return to normalcy has been long and arduous, and many nagging questions remain, one of the biggest of which is if schools will reopen for the next school year. This was a bi…

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Westmoreland County Public Schools’ Food Service has announced its summer feeding program schedule.  On June 17 and June 24, meal delivery will be from 12 noon till 1 pm.  Families will be receiving seven breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.

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Washington & Lee High School followed a Cum Laude system this year in acknowledging graduates.  This year eight graduating seniors were recognized for attaining superior academic achievement as Summa Cum Laude graduates. The eight students were ranked according to their grade point avera…

As summer rolls along, the school system in Westmoreland County is not sitting on its laurels. At a meeting last week on Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Michel Perry gave a quick low-down on what the status of the school summer meals program was. 

While good news about the construction of the new high school continues, unfortunately the renovations to the front door of Montross Middle School have had to be delayed, due in no small part to the brutal budget crunch courtesy of the coronavirus. All of this came to light during a facility…

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By now, everyone in the country knows the name George Floyd, as well as the circumstances of his death. Not surprisingly, the revulsion to what happened has been universal across the country; Westmoreland County was no exception. 

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Colonial Beach Public Schools honored long-time employee Bev Horner upon her retirement from the school system. With more than 30 years working for the schools, Horner is retiring this year.

If there’s one group that moved slicker than a rubber ball coated in grease, it’s got to be the food service folks that work for Westmoreland County’s public schools. As mentioned at previous times, Westmoreland County’s staff has gone the extra mile in serving up meals that got rapidly deli…

As the new high school for Westmoreland County rolls along, a burning question is probably echoing in the minds of a few people: “Are we going to have a new building with old stuff in it?” If the facility update at last week’s Westmoreland County School Board meeting is any indication, that …