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Brown Bag Lunch
Ms. Anne Miller was the featured speaker at SAIL’s (Shepherdstown Area Independent Living) August Brown Bag Luncheon. She described her experiences during her twenty-one years as a Kindergarten teacher at Ranson Elementary School. Her theme focused on the needs of many of her students and the steps the school and individual teachers take to help. As she explained, “Today’s biggest struggle in many schools is poverty and we are faced with it every day.”
A graduate of Shepherd University with an EdM from West Virginia University, Ms. Miller noted that, because Ranson is a neighborhood school, she is able to get to know the parents and to know her students’ needs. She described how the school keeps a supply of clothing, shoes, backpacks and other essentials for teachers to hand out as needed. Title One students get warm breakfasts and lunches and some even take home dinner snacks if there’s a chance they might miss a meal. The school also runs a food donation program providing bags of groceries for families in need. While the school used to provide lunches during the summer, the funds are no longer available to do so.
The Leetown native spoke of the various fund raisers the faculty undertake on their own time, such as the Fall Festival, to raise money for a scholarship program. Designed to encourage students to stay in school, the scholarships, worth $500.00 a semester, are awarded to Ranson students who plan to continue their education after graduation from high school.
In closing, Ms. Miller encouraged SAIL members to get involved and offered examples of how they could help, from being a reading volunteer to making contributions to the food donation program. A group of SAIL members will meet to brainstorm ideas to involve SAIL as a partner with Ranson Elementary School.
Labor Day Picnic/Band Concert at Morgan's Grove Park
The Community Club once again sponsored and hosted the annual Labor Day Picnic and Rohrersville Band Concert at Morgan's Grove Park. Twenty-one SAIL members attended the gala event - enjoying great food and wonderful music. The weatherman cooperated with a cool sunny day! A most enjoyable day was had by all!
SAIL's creation is rooted in the "Village Movement", a neighbor helping neighbor system developed around the country by seniors who are assisted by other members of their community. SAIL provides members with help going to and from the grocery store and appointments, with simple home repairs, with access to reliable service providers, with organized outings to cultural events, and fun activities such as walking groups, board game and card groups, and more. SAIL membership is open to anyone interested in its services who lives in the 876 and 870 telephone exchanges.
“Keeping the wind in our sails!”