Responsibility taught early
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.
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.
WCDS Kindergarten children proudly wear their new fire hats after learning about a firetruck’s tools and apparatus.
The high school has a new colorful mural to behold.