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Education

  • Board names D-Day Foundation president

        Now there is only one.

        After having co-presidents for eight months, the National D-Day Foundation now has a sole president; April Cheek-Messier was offered the post and has accepted it.
         Cheek-Messier, the daughter of District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, is a Bedford County native and a 1990 Staunton River High School graduate. Her father was in Staunton River’s first graduating class and her mother, Sheron Allen Cheek, was in Liberty High School’s first graduating class.

  • D-Day Camp offers hands-on learning

    The National D-Day Memorial gave area youth a hands-on learning experience about World War II last week. One event was a scavenger hunt that revolved around code breaking.

  • Though no longer on the school board, Mickey VanDerwerker has plans to keep busy

        Bright and early Monday morning—even as the City of Bedford sign at the Municipal Building was being taken down, replaced with its new Town of Bedford upgrade—Mickey VanDerwerker was hard at work teaching theater to a group of area youth at Liberty High School.

        VanDerwerker has spent the past 16 years serving as the city’s representative on the Bedford County School Board.

  • A fond farewell: School board honors its city counterparts—and one of its own

    school board. District 2 school board member Jason Johnson noted that VanDerwerker signed his high school diploma. She was vice chairman of the school board that year.

        “I’m the only one on the school board who can say, ‘Mrs. VanDerwerker signed my high school diploma,’” Johnson said.
        VanDerwerker spoke her last official words as a member of the Bedford County School Board at the end of the meeting.
        “I move we adjourn,” she said

  • Thaxton resident takes her students on a trip back in time

        A group of students at the Community School in Hollins spent much of this spring exploring Bedford’s history, thanks to a Thaxton resident who teaches at the school.

  • The SRHS Golden Class is here

        For the Staunton River High School Class of 2013, it was truly a Golden Commencement.
        Celebrating the 50th graduating class in the school’s history, close to 270 SRHS seniors were urged to not just follow someone else’s trail, but to blaze their own. The commencement was held Saturday evening at the Vines Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

  • LHS graduates look back, then ahead

        Three Liberty High School seniors helped their classmates look back at the past, take stock of the present and look ahead to the future as close to 200 seniors participated in the 49th Commencement as the Class of 2013.

  • JFHS seniors find the ‘best way out’

        Following the commencement theme “The best way out is through,” by Robert Frost, some 322 seniors made up this year’s 40th graduating class for Jefferson Forest High School.

        Seniors Sarah Hanson and Brian Leveque brought thoughts for their fellow graduates to think about from that theme during the ceremony held at the Vines Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

  • Big Island will keep 6th grade

        Next year’s sixth grade class at Big Island Elementary will be small, and likely combined with some fifth graders to fill out the class.
        Out of the 18 rising sixth graders, six of those have chosen to transfer to Bedford Middle School, leaving only 12 slated to remain at Big Island. But at last Thursday’s Bedford County School Board meeting a proposal to move all of the students to BMS failed.

  • County, students and teachers earn regional awards

        Bedford County Public Schools, and its students and employees, have been recognized on a number of fronts this past week as region honors have been handed out.

        Those have included several awards handed out to Liberty High School educators as well as an award to the school system for its internship program.
        The awards have included:
        • Thomas Fox:  STEM Educator of the Year for the region;