Students stand with a sign. Holston High students Lindsey A. and Chase T. donate blood in the Johnston Memorial bloodmobile.

Holston High School’s FBLA Club and Johnston Memorial Hospital sponsored a blood drive on Thursday, March 6. A total of 34 students and faculty members donated. About the blood drive, Senior Scott H. says, “I never knew it was so easy to save a life; everyone should do it.” Senior Cody H. also discussed the rewards of giving blood. He says, “Teenagers tend to focus on themselves, so donating blood gives us the opportunity to do something for the good of others.” Students who donate blood a total of six times while in high school will receive a red cord, known as the Cord of Courage, to wear with their gown on graduation. Faculty members who donated were entered into a drawing for a gift card. Physical education teacher Luke Parks was the faculty winner.

The Johnston Memorial Blood Bank is only one of two self-sufficient, hospital-based, blood donor collection centers in Virginia. A vast majority of the blood products that are collected through Johnston Memorial’s blood donor center and bloodmobile remain in southwest Virginia.

The Holston High School FBLA Club, and its sponsors, Sam Campbell and Joy Munsey, thank all those students and teachers who graciously donated.

Kindergarten students standing in the gym. Watauga Kindergarten PTA.

The kindergartners from Watauga Elementary School went buggy for their April PTA program! The students dressed as caterpillars, bees, butterflies, ants, ladybugs, and flies, and loved sharing lots of insect facts with the audience. The students learned and shared that insects have six legs and three body parts (the head, the thorax, and the abdomen), that many insects go through metamorphosis, and that while some insects are helpful, others are pests. The students sang several songs such as “The Ant, the Bug, and the Bee”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, and “Buzzin’ Around”. The student favorite was “Flick a Fly” by Hap Palmer. Our busy bees are buzzing with excitement for learning!

A teacher and students stand in front of a color paper tree. Mrs. Tolliver and her students created a poetry display.

April is National Poetry Month and to mark the occasion at Glade Spring Middle School, Mrs. Meghan Tolliver’s seventh grade English classes have created a Poet "Tree" Park in the exploratory hallway. The “park” consists of several trees made of bulletin board paper with multicolored pages adorning their branches. The pages feature poetry Mrs. Tolliver’s students have written over the course of several weeks. The students came up with the idea for this colorful display as a special way to share the poetry they had written. Teachers and students have enjoyed a stroll through the Poet Tree Park which is a great showcase of student creativity.

Several pieces of artwork are displayed on an easel. This beautiful artwork, created by Greendale Elementary students, was displayed at the School Board Office for Youth Art Month.

March was Youth Art Month, and Greendale Elementary School celebrated art in our school with an exhibit of student artwork throughout our building! In addition to the school-wide exhibit, students from each grade level were presented with Art Awards at our March PTO meeting. The following students were honored for their talent in Art: kindergarten students Seanna G. and Ada C. (honorable mention), Oliver C. (third place), Cody B. (second place), and Luke G. (first place); first-grade students Lea J., Brandon C., and Arden C. (honorable mention), Levi F. (third place), Amber H. (second place), and Charli C. (first place); second-grade students Cayden N., Logan H., and Brianna M. (honorable mention), Alyssa B. (third place), Gracie H. and Rylen K. (second place), and Julie M. (first place); third-grade students Baleigh B. and Johnna V. (honorable mention), Ali B. (third place), Reagan C. and Brady P. (second place), and Camron D. (first place); fourth-grade students Cody F. and Rele D. (honorable mention), Sophie A. (third place), Brynne N. (second place), and Jazmine C. and Kallie D. (first place); and fifth-grade students Jake O. and Phoebe P. (honorable mention), Haleigh B. and Amber W. (third place), Sierra B. (second place) and Connor M. (first place). Art teacher Ms. Ashley Thompson also selected the following five students whose artwork was displayed at the Washington County School Board Office: Alyshia W., Amber H., Lauren S., Ashton W., and Connor M. We are certainly proud of these students and thrilled to have Ms. Thompson, whose teaching definitely matches the theme for Youth Art Month this year, “Start with Art…Learn for Life!”

Four students standing dressed in traditional costumes from New Zealand. Allison L., Teryn T., Ainsley D., and Madison T. perform a traditional Maori dance from New Zealand.

On April 8, the G.A.T.E. and Chorus students at Valley Institute Elementary took the student body and their parents on a trip around the world as they presented a program entitled “A Small Part of the World”. G.A.T.E. students wore traditional costumes or t-shirts with the flag of countries they had researched and gave a few interesting facts of various countries around the world. Chorus students sang Italian, Hebrew, German, Japanese, Zulu, Spanish and English songs. G.A.T.E. students were African drummers and performed traditional dances from Ireland, Mexico, Canada and New Zealand.This helped to remind all of us that there is still a great big world out there beyond our school doors. Many things were learned as these students exhibited their unique talents. A special thanks to Mrs. Donna Edwards for working so hard with these talented students!

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