Boos & Applause

Applause to all area students graduating from college. West Virginia Wesleyan College and Alderson Broaddus University held commencement services last weekend, and Davis & Elkins College will graduate its 2019 class today. We wish all the graduates the best of luck in their futures, and hope that many of them can stay in this area to start careers and families.

Applause to “Our Town Inc.’s” 2019 Summer Concert Series at Elkins Town Square. The weekly events, which began with a concert Friday evening and will take place through the summer, are done in conjunction with the weekly Mountain State Street Machines cruise-ins, which display local classic cars.

Applause to Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School eighth-grader Alayna Whitehair, daughter of Shane and Aimee Whitehair, who earned first-place in the annual County Commissioners Association of West Virginia essay contest. Kudos also to eighth-grader Regan McCauley, daughter of Daniel and Laricia McCauley, who received an honorable mention. The students were recognized at the Upshur County Commission regular meeting Thursday along with their teachers, Tiffany Board and Lisa Crites. The essays were written in response to the following question: “How does county government make the lives of students in the community better?”

Applause to Project Isaac, an after school program at Elkins Middle School that is offered to at-risk students. It gives the students an opportunity to increase their grades and keep them on track on their work. Project Isaac also includes a summer program, which has been beneficial. Students attend enrichment classes, including math and recreation. “Homework help” teachers are available to guide students to complete their work. All of the teachers are certified. Guest speakers are brought in to teach the children based on real-life experiences. Project Isaac is a grant-funded program that has been offered locally for five years. Officials are hoping the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant is renewed so the program can continue. The Elkins Rotary Club learned about Project Isaac this week.

Applause to the Fostering Hope event this week that connected interested foster parents with agencies. There are only about 3,000 foster families for the 7,000 children eligible for foster care across the Mountain State, officials said. Children not in foster homes may be with relatives, long-term residential facilities, in a medical facility if they need treatment or a child shelter if they do not find placement in a foster home. May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. Prospective foster parents can choose from one of 11 private agencies in West Virginia, complete the several-week training class titled Pride and become certified.

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