MILL CREEK - The Tygarts Valley Middle/High School administration, staff and students are grateful for many things, especially for donations made this year for school improvements.
Don Judy, a Tygarts Valley High School graduate with the class of 1961, donated $20,000 to the school.
"These funds allowed us to refinish our gymnasium floor," said Steve Wamsley, principal at the school. "We were also able to complete the landscaping in front of our building with the donation."
Wamsley said everyone is grateful for Judy's generosity.
"We are incredibly grateful that Mr. Judy has been so generous, and his donation allowed us to greatly improve the beauty of our facility," Wamsley said. "Our students and community can take pride in the final product."
Wamsley said the gymnasium serves both middle and high school classes and middle school and high school boys and girls sports teams. The gym also serves as a gathering spot for the community.
"Our building was surrounded by bushes that were large and unsafe," Wamsley said. "Mr. Judy's donation made a tremendous improvement and will be forever appreciated."
Wamsley said they also put new lights in the gym that will save the county about $10,000 per year in electricity costs.
Cecelia Wallace, Tygarts Valley High School valedictorian with the class of 1952, donated property in the back of the school.
"Wallace and her family have been phenomenal to both Tygarts Valley Middle/High School and George Ward Elementary," Wamsley said. "We are appreciative of their generosity. The property is used in part for drainage from the practice fields."
Wamsley said TVMHS also received a $10,000 grant.
"The funds were secured by the governor and local politicians," Wamsley said. "Funding was through the Governor's Community Development Grant."