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In honor of dennis calain and his dedication to the school’s annual veterans day assembly, students from george ward elementary school present his family with a special gift. From left are chloe pudder, george ward fifth-grader; summer lewis-smith, george ward fifth-grader; pat calain, wife; and kathie staten, daughter.

ELKINS — following a presentation from school officials, members of the randolph county board of education noted this week they were impressed with beverly elementary school’s involvement in their community.

Paul zickefoose, principal at beverly elementary, spoke to the board about a number of ways the school stays involved in the community by partnering with places like the beverly volunteer fire department, lavender fields assisted living, beverly heritage center, west virginia university extension service and others.Beverly elementary

“of one thing I am most certain, the students, staff and school community surprise me everyday with what takes place at our school, and I’m very proud to be a beverly wildcat,” zickefoose said during a presentation this week at the regular board of education meeting.

Over the summer, the beverly book mobile provided books to students in the community. Beverly elementary teachers and zickefoose volunteered as drivers and assistants to make this special summer treat possible for students.

“last year during our presentation, we shared with you an idea that mrs. (lucy) godwin had to reach out and touch the lives of our families beyond the traditional school year,” zickefoose said. “as many of you know, I’m very pleased to report on the success of our community’s first-ever book mobile project.”

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“we made 14 stops throughout the beverly community — we began on tuesday and our first stop was at 2 p.M. At the beverly heritage center, and when we finished, our final stop was at 6 p.M.,” he said. “we had books ranging from board books to adult novels, we had west virginia history books and we also had weekly read alouds, which involved several of you in this room who donated your time to participate.

“as the book mobile continued throughout the summer, we have a wildcat garden that is planted by the students under the direction of their teachers — each of the classrooms get involved with the planting of the garden,” he continued. “through WVU extension service, we were able to provide our own vegetables harvested out of our garden for each of our families.”

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Beverly elementary students also benefit from a unique project that was organized by the school and west virginia university extension service. This project provided students and their families with fresh produce through a partnership with the book mobile and the charm farm, a community supported agriculture farm in beverly.

“we teamed up with the charm farm, so every week for the last four weeks of the book mobile, the students could check out books, get produce from the beverly wildcat garden, have a healthy snack provided by local organizations, plus they could also take their coupon vouchers and shop at the traveling farmers market — we had quite a caravan by the end of the book mobile,” zickefoose said.

“the books secured — that we received through grants — for the beverly book mobile are now being housed at the beverly heritage center in beverly’s very own community library,” zickefoose said.West virginia

Dennis calain, who was a member of H.W. Daniels post 29 american legion, was recognized by the entire school for his participation in their annual veterans day assembly; students and staff noted he will be greatly missed.

Two fifth-grade students, chloe pudder and summer lewis-smith, presented calain’s wife pat and daughter kathie staten with a flag and floral arrangement.

Also during the meeting, a video presentation from the school featured photos of students and staff, and improvements to the school’s playground, including new mulch and fencing, repairs to broken equipment and cleanup nights.

Furthermore, a number of programs and projects also were featured, including visits from the huttonsville-mill creek volunteer fire department to educate students on fire safety, an april fools 5K race and fundraiser, and a special christmas store, where students could shop for their loved ones.Zickefoose said

“sponaugle trucking sponsored the christmas store this year and PTO volunteered their time to make it an exciting event where students buy presents for our family members — they even helped wrap them,” a student said in the video.

In its LSIC report, the randolph technical center highlighted a number of opportunities offered to high school students, allowing them to “get a head start” on college, technical school or their career.

John daniels, RTC administrator, said a large number of students from the technical center go on to college — either a four-year or technical college.

“we feel, at the tech center, that the students do get a head start on their (future),” daniels said. “at the randolph technical center, every student ‘completer’ earns EDGE credit in whatever discipline they take, and those credits transfer to west virginia university and technical colleges.”

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Preston, member of the skillsusa club at RTC, spoke to the board about a special project he and three other technical students are working on that will benefit people who use wheelchairs.

“this project is basically about people who are in motorized wheelchairs that are limited to where they can go over an 8-inch step,” preston said. “so, we are making them a ramp so they can easily get any place they want to go and not be limited by 8 inches. We’re designing that and have spent the last month or two working on it and designing it. We’re getting ready to build it right now, make a virtual model and work on our presentation over spring break.”

“it’s not just a club at the randolph technical center, it is co-curricular,” daniels said. “all of our clubs are co-curricular, not extra-curricular — we put every one of the students — whether they’re a member or not — they gain the same skill set that the clubs teach.”

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The simulated workplace program allows students to learn and receive certifications by participating in a workplace environment. The program is a state initiative striving to provide students with a curriculum that helps them to earn industrial state and national certifications.

The initiative was designed to assist schools in the state by implementing workplace protocols similar to those required by the state of west virginia.

Students who participate in the simulated workplace program follow west virginia workforce requirements, including professionalism, attendance and safety. COMMENTS