Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 27, 2013

‘20 pizzas’ symbolic of valuable

This letter isn’t really about, “Twenty Pizzas.” It is about what 20 particular pizzas represent. On Jan. 29, well over 200 students and their parents ate those pizzas after participating in a very enjoyable parent involvement night at the Wade Center in Bluefield, co-sponsored by Memorial and Whitethorn Primary Schools.

Those 20 pizzas serve to remind me of some wonderful memories of happy students, supported by proud parents and extended family members as they moved from room to room, exploring a variety of multi-cultural activities and displays presented by student teachers and our valued Professional Development School partners at Bluefield State College. It was an unforgettable evening during which parents and family members sat in the beautiful Wade Center auditorium and listened as their children entertained us with very enjoyable renditions of cultural songs, some of which were sung in foreign languages.

Those 20 pizzas cause me to reminisce about the excited looks on the faces of our sweet students as they waited patiently to see which of them would take new bicycles home as door prizes. Those pizzas remind me of so many people who commented that Wade Center had once been their school, and of teachers who smiled as they remembered their teaching days at Wade School. Many thanks to Becky Peery and the Memorial Primary School faculty, Mary Bourne and the staff of Wade Center, the staff of Whitethorn Primary School, Drs. Martin, Steenkin and Thompson of the Bluefield State College Education Department, and their excellent student teachers.

Many thanks to our wonderful supportive parents and family members who modeled the value of learning for their children by bringing them out for a fun and rewarding experience with friends, family and teachers. Thank you all so very much.  We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Greg Furrow


Whitethorn Primary School


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