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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
For the first time, a Builders Club is open in Roanoke City Public Schools.
The city’s first Builders Club, which is an extension of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, was formally chartered in a ceremony Friday, club sponsor Michael Hamlar said. The club currently operates at Breckinridge Middle School, but Hamlar said he would like to expand the program to all city middle schools eventually.
Hamlar said the club started last year and officially earned its charter this year. About 15 to 20 students participate in the group, which completes various service projects including some upcoming work with the Rescue Mission.
“It’s about giving back to your community, trying to help those in need,” Hamlar said.
Hamlar said the Builders Club is for middle school students and its counterpart the Key Club is for high school students.
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Fallon Park Elementary School’s decorated snowplow was the favorite in a recent area art contest.
A dozen Roanoke City Public Schools recently decorated the plows as part of an art project where they were tasked with creating a winter scene. The plows were displayed outside the Roanoke Civic Center, and community members were encouraged to go online and vote for their favorite.
Fallon Park won the most votes out of the nearly 3,000 cast, according to information from the school system. Students who worked on the project will receive a pizza party from the Roanoke Arts Commission.
“I applaud all the schools who took part in this public art project. These students demonstrated among other things creativity, a sense of humor, and an appreciation for what winter looks like in Roanoke,” Cari Gates, the school system’s fine arts coordinator, said in a statement.
The art project was a partnership between Roanoke schools, the Roanoke Arts Commission and the Roanoke Public Works Department aimed at engaging the city in the arts. The 12 decorated snowplows will be on the streets of Roanoke this winter.
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A ceremony to honor the founder and first president of the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association is set for Friday.
Richard Fisher, an orthopedic surgeon and former president of Lewis-Gale Clinic, created the foundation and alumni association in 1983. When he first started the organization, it gave out only a couple of scholarships, but last year awarded more than 92. The foundation now manages an endowment of more than $2.8 million, according to a news release.
Fisher, a graduate of Andrew Lewis High School, served on the Salem School Board from 1974 to 1985.
The Salem Educational Foundation board plans to honor Fisher at reception Friday at Salem Terrace.
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