Students from Valley Institute Elementary show off their fancy footwear. Students from Valley Institute Elementary show off their fancy footwear.

On Friday, August 31st, Valley Institute Elementary students celebrated the beginning of school with Funny, Funky Footwear Friday. The fantastic footwear symbolized that students from Valley Institute are already putting their best foot (and footwear) forward to have a great school year. Students and staff members participated by wearing outlandish socks, mismatched shoes, bejeweled flip-flops, fuzzy slippers, and rainboots to celebrate.

Johnny Blevins, Masonry Instructor, accepts a $10,000. 00 check from the <abbr title="Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation">LCEF</abbr> Johnny Blevins, Masonry Instructor, accepts a $10,000. 00 check from the LCEF

The SkillsUSA chapter at Washington County Technical School has been jointly approved by Lowe's and SkillsUSA to receive a grant of $10,000.00 from the Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation (LCEF). The Carpentry and Masonry students will use the grant to renovate the basement of the nursing/cosmetology labs into a SkillsUSA training room/student center. The Carpentry and Masonry students, Johnny Blevins, and Brian Zier have been working diligently preparing the basement for the renovation project. Renovations should be completed by November 30, 2007. All students and faculty at Washington County Technical School are excited about having a student center and look forward to leadership training inside the newly renovated room.

"Abingdon Hobo Clan" with their trophies. "Abingdon Hobo Clan" with their trophies.

Going incognito to the Washington County Fair as the "Abingdon Hobo Clan," the clever guise of Abingdon High School's pre-vocation, life skills, and careers classes of Kate Jacob, Shelby Nidiffer, and Whitney Elton took home the awards of First Place Chili Team, Showmanship Award, and People's Choice Award! Their hard work and enthusiasm was evident throughout the evening as fair-goers commended them and placed their votes for People's Choice. The Clan included Bobby C., Mark G., Marlena E., Kim B., Kesha F., David W., Billy S., and Beth B. Also, thanks go to Ms. Shelby Nidiffer, Mr. Tom Brewer, Mrs. Whitney Elton, and Mrs. Helen Rasnick for their valuable assistance during the cook-off.

Members of one of the Abingdon High School ecology class teams visit with Grace Health Care patient, "Granny" May. Members of one of the Abingdon High School ecology class teams visit with Grace Health Care patient, "Granny" May.

The Abingdon High School ecology classes have begun their community projects for the year. These classes seek out and offer services to various organizations and groups in our area. For the third year, the classes are sending teams of students to visit once a week at Grace Health Care just down the street from the high school. These students participate in games and conversations with the residents. This has proved not only to be a benefit to the residents but also to the students on the ecology teams. Their goal is to plant a seed of "volunteerism" and inspire our youth to continue such actions in the future. According to Vickie Fields and Violet Campbell, employees at Grace Health Care, "The students are doing a great job, and the residents look forward to their visits. We hope this program continues." Lisa Andis is the teacher and organizer of the class projects.

Culinary students accept their prizes on stage at the Washington County Fair. Culinary students accept their prizes on stage at the Washington County Fair.

Two teams of students from the Culinary Arts Class competed in the annual chili cook-off at the Washington County Fair on Monday September 10th. The G-factor team that included Gabrielle G., George W., and Thomas W. won second place. Third Degree, composed of Jamie S. and Jennifer W. won third place. The cash prizes for second and third were $250 and $150 respectively.

The class has produced other winners in this competition in the past. Both groups of students and their instructor, Katrina Wise, worked hard to make the results happen.

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