Re­spon­si­bil­ity taught early

Rappahannock News - - OBITUARIES • SCHOOLS -

Re­spon­si­bil­ity was the focus for the month at Wake­field Coun­try Day School, and stu­dents had won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties to see re­spon­si­ble adults in ac­tion in the com­mu­nity.

As part of Na­tional Fire Preven­tion Month, Chief Todd Brown and As­sis­tant Chief Don­nie Thomp­son of Ch­ester Gap Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment vis­ited the school’s cam­pus to demon­strate fire safety and teach chil­dren safe habits at school and at home.

For stu­dents in K-2, a visit to a lo­cal pizza shop, Papa John's Pizza of Front Royal, fit right in with their class­room units on Com­mu­nity and Re­spon­si­bil­ity. All of the stu­dents got a taste of what it’s like to own and run a pizza busi­ness. The store’s owner walked the hun­ger­ing group through the pizza mak­ing process of cut­ting and stor­ing top­pings, pre­par­ing the dough, build­ing the pizza, plac­ing it in the oven, and putting each per­fectly baked pizza in a box for the cus­tomer.

UNITY DAY

RCPS stu­dents wore orange one day re­cently to show sup­port for Unity Day. This was a sym­bolic ges­ture to show that the stu­dent body and staff are united in kind­ness, ac­cep­tance, and in­clu­sion and to­gether are against bul­ly­ing.

In ad­di­tion, this was SADD’s (Stu­dents Against De­struc­tive Decisions) Red Rib­bon Week. The SADD mem­bers showed their unity by pass­ing out 175 orange hair rib­bons, hand­made by SADD spon­sor, Janet Robey, to all fe­male stu­dents at the high school.

School Psy­chol­o­gist Kathy Zehr Rhodes, along with the school guid­ance counselors, led mul­ti­ple school-wide ini­tia­tives to bring aware­ness to bul­ly­ing preven­tion and pro­mot­ing acts of kind­ness. In ad­di­tion, RCES art stu­dents each cre­ated a feather with per­son­al­ized mes­sages of cre­at­ing a safe and caring com­mu­nity. More than 350 feath­ers were de­signed and ar­ranged in a large mu­ral, en­ti­tled No Place for Hate, un­der the di­rec­tion of RCES Art Teacher, Ms. Amy Grady.

CHEER THE CHEER

Con­grat­u­la­tions the RCHS Cheer Team, who fin­ished 3rd place over­all in the 1A Re­gional Sec­tional at Wind­sor High School last Satur­day, Oct. 27th.

The event con­cluded the com­pe­ti­tion cheer season for RCHS. The RAPP Cheer team will be ac­cept­ing new team mem­bers after Novem­ber 6th for the win­ter side­line season in grades

6, 7, and 8 for the Ju­nior Pan­ther team, and grades 9-12 for the Var­sity Team.

NEW RCHS MU­RAL

More than 100 Rap­pa­han­nock County High School stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the creation of an ex­pan­sive mu­ral that is hang­ing out­side the high school. Un­der the guid­ance of Wis­con­sin based artists, Con­nie and Tim Friesen, and RCHS Art Teacher, Joy Richard­son, stu­dents came in on dif­fer­ent shifts over the course of three days to com­plete the project last month.

The new mu­ral re­places a pre­vi­ous one that has hung out­side for the past 12 years. The orig­i­nal was cre­ated shortly after the tragic Vir­ginia Tech shoot­ings as trib­ute to the vic­tims, in­clud­ing one of Rap­pa­han­nock’s own alumni.

BY LISA RAMEY

WCDS Kin­der­garten chil­dren proudly wear their new fire hats after learn­ing about a firetruck’s tools and ap­pa­ra­tus.

BY HOLLY JENK­INS

The high school has a new col­or­ful mu­ral to be­hold.

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