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ENVIROTHON competition was held April 25th at McCormick's Farm in Raphine, VA.
Each team consists of five students who work together to answer questions about forestry, soils, wildlife, grasslands and aquatics. Students are expected to identify and explain various aspects of these subjects as well as to know and apply government policies that relate them.
Each team also prepares a 30 minute presentation about a special topic. This year's topic is about rangeland conservation and best practices.
We’ve been enjoying lots of fun activities this week in celebration of Earth Week. We’ve visited with guests, watched “The Lorax” and colored pictures, took a nature walk, planted seeds, played games made with recycled materials, learned about recycling and had a lot of fun learning!
The third annual Career Day at Colonial Elementary School took place on Tuesday April 9. Said Principal Tammy Riggs, “The event features 23 people from many different professions.” Professions that ran the gamut from pilot to farmer and had many in between. To educator John Busher who is the Assistant Superintendent of Schools the best description was ” A career is something you do because you love it and a job is something you go to for money.” He has been a teacher, principal and administrator.
NetJets pilot David Radkte is a Blue Ridge resident and has a son at Colonial. Radkte flies a private jet for a living. He graduated from Virginia Tech in Engineering but developed a love for flying early on. A Northern Virginia childhood introduced him to flying. He soloed in a civilian plane at the age of 16 and has the job he loves– flying a jet for the past 20 years. The students in Mrs. Ketron’s Kindergarten Class had fun passing his hat to try on!
Bobby Prince actually attended the Botetourt County school system. He is an alumni of Colonial, Botetourt Intermediate and Lord Botetourt where he was a basketball stand out. He graduated from VMI and Virginia Tech and is a bridge engineer. He is also a coach which he loves and his two sons, Nathan and Owen go to Colonial. “Boom” he shouted as students fist bumped him. He offered words of wisdom in a power point:
“Effort and Focus= Success = Fun; Nothing worth a darn comes easy; Pressure makes Diamonds; Don’t be afraid of failure and expect success; Take a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.”
Roanoke City Police Dog Mia relaxed on the floor behind her officer, Sgt. M. E. Thompson. She is a 7 year old specially trained German Shepherd who lives with Thompson and his family. The conccept of team work is everything between the duo in the K9 patrol. He along with Roanoke City Officers C.M. Lovering and B.N. Kosko explained the notion of K9 patrol as well as being a police officer. Lovering told the students to make good grades and not to get in any trouble. ” I filled out an eight page application and they even talked to people who knew me growing up and in school. ”
Colonial Student Leadership representatives stayed with the visitors at every site. Miss Virginia, Rosemary Willis was on hand to meet and greet. Being Miss Virginia isn’t a career, but the scholarship money for college and the contacts are important to her search for a career. She is a junior William and Mary majoring in Governments and Kinesiology.
Farmer Ned Jeter brought along some livestock for the day. He asked students in Mrs. Trout’s fifth grade class to define “Agriculture.” His definition: “Food, Fiber and Fuel.” Two black Angus calves were on display. The Jeter Farm located just south of Blue Ridge on US 460, is a farm for vegetable produce and a beef cattle operation. The family has had a farm there for a number of generations. In the fall, they host a corn maze and hundreds of school and preschool students as well.
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