There was another full house for the March Westmoreland County School Board meeting, which had been rescheduled from its usual time on the third Monday of the month to Thursday, March 27 due to inclement weather.
After the usual order of business, the meeting kicked off with a video presentation from Washington District Elementary school on the word of the month, perseverance. WDES principal Sandy Herdle thanked Chairman Iris Lane for her help with a student, vice chairman Gernard Reed for helping the school by painting one of the bathrooms and Dr. Wallace for his participation and musical contributions to their recent literacy luau.
The video featured several students from the school and a member of the staff describing what perseverance means and examples of how they have used perseverance in their lives. Comments from the students in the video such as “I’ll never give up” and “I persevered and came to school even though it was my daddy’s birthday and I wanted to stay home” brought laughs from those in attendance and started the meeting off on a heartwarming and positive note.
Washington and Lee Art teacher, Holly Ransone then introduced high school student Manoa Wurth and recognized him for his excellent art and writing skills. A picture Wurth had taken and was sent to VSBA was on display. Regarding the picture and Wurth’s talents Ransone said, “It shows what you can do with art. It’s what you can do with yourself.” She also told the crowd that Wurth had been awarded the Regional Silver Key Award for his writing in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. He was selected out of 250,000 entries. Proud mom, Wendy Martin thanked Ransone for taking the time to guide Wurth and helping him to receive these achievements. She also shared that Wurth has been recently accepted to the Graphic Design Program at JMU.