A group of twenty high school students, both male and female, stand along a wall at a community center. Members of Holston High School’s 4-H Club completed a major service project.

Nineteen members of the Holston High School 4-H club recently participated in a community service project. Club members packed 1800 food bags for elementary students in Russell and Washington counties. This project is a part of the United Way’s “Backpacks Unite” program designed to assist elementary school students. Backpacks Unite delivers nutritious prepackaged food in order to supplement a student's needs over a weekend. Each student in the program receives a bag once per month. The 4-H club members enjoyed being a part of this program. Not only did the students take a hand in helping the community, they also were able to develop organizational skills to accomplish a collective goal.

Woman stands with award. Lisa Henderson displays her award.

Mrs. Lisa Henderson, librarian at Watauga Elementary School, was selected as the Clinch Regional Librarian of the Year for 2014. She was recognized at the regional conference on Saturday, March 29th at Southwest Virginia Community College. Mrs. Henderson is now eligible to be selected as the state librarian of the year. Mrs. Henderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary English and Pre-K to Grade 8 Education from Emory and Henry College. She earned her Library Science endorsement at Radford University. An active member of the Virginia Association of School Librarians, Mrs. Henderson continues to pursue professional growth and development. Her other professional affiliations include the American Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians. Professionally, Mrs. Henderson has been a classroom teacher and a school librarian for the combined total of twenty-three years. She is highly regarded by her colleagues and peers. One of the more innovative programs that Mrs. Henderson has initiated for the Washington County Schools is the “One School, One Book” program. She has successfully continued this program for the past four years.

A group of students stands in front of a large brick building. Glade Spring Middle School GATE students visited Monticello.

On March 27-30, students in the GATE program at Glade Spring Middle School traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia for a fun-filled and educational adventure. Seventh and eighth grade students visited several places of interest including: Liberty University, Monticello, Montpelier, and the University of Virginia. Despite the pouring rain, their favorite part of the trip was watching a baseball game between the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The students learned about the historical homes of presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, as well as two university campuses. Glade Spring Middle School GATE is sponsored by Mrs. Colleen Buchanan and Mrs. Sherry Cannon.

Two girls look for words in an alphabet picture book. Jaelin S. and Morgan M. search for words beginning with the letter S.

Students in Ms. Phillips’s reading class took a break from short stories and explored the vocabulary-rich world of Graeme Base’s ANIMALIA book. The book, rich with alphabetic illustrations with what seems an endless assortment of embedded objects, kept students busy all week. Most of the records for finding the most words were shattered by the highly competitive group of students. With an emphasis on vocabulary expansion during the month of March, this activity was a fantastic way to get students fired up for exercises and games to build knowledge of roots, base words, prefixes, and suffixes. Students will begin a new collection of short stories in April.

Students stand holding certificates and ribbons won during the school art show. High Point artists show off their winning certificates and ribbons!

March is Youth Art Month across our country. At High Point Elementary, the students and staff have celebrated this by "Making A Splash With Art and Music." The front entrance to the school was turned into the bottom of the ocean! From crabs and seashells, to pirate ships and starfish, our school was swimming with all kinds of ocean art! On Thursday, March 27th, we brought Youth Art Month to a close with the Art & Music PTA program. All students (K-5) had art on display, and were rewarded for their amazing talent. Here are the winners:


  • Honorable Mention: Trevor T., Nicholas S., Amelia K., Brodie M., and Lauren F.
  • 3rd Place: Ethan W.
  • 2nd Place: Anna A.
  • 1st Place: Mykael E.

1st Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Aryana P., Josiah D., David B., Ethan B., and Bailey M.
  • 3rd Place: Elbie R.
  • 2nd Place: Shane L.
  • 1st Place: Shayla A.

2nd Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Ian O., Isabella S., AJ B., Ethan Mc., and Maggie S.
  • 3rd Place: Kennedy J.
  • 2nd Place: Arrow B.
  • 1st Place: Keira L.

3rd Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Ivy O., Anthony S., Corey W., Conner F., and Haley M.
  • 3rd Place: Hannah N.
  • 2nd Place: Kaity W.
  • 1st Place: Kassie B.

4th Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Morgan S., Shelbie P., Miguel B., HannaJo Mc., and Adham N.
  • 3rd Place: Anthony S.
  • 2nd Place: Hannah M.
  • 1st Place: Richie B.

5th Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Alysun L., Kylee C., Bryson A., Noah T., and Emily P.
  • 3rd Place: Belle S.
  • 2nd Place: Damion S.
  • 1st Place: Savannah A.

Best In Show

  • 4th Grader - Richie B.

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