Roanoke City Schools Board of Education recognized retiring Roanoke City Schools staff members during the meeting on Tuesday evening of last week.

These included: Tammy Cross, school nurse for 13 years; Sherry Cook, lunchroom staff member, who has worked at the school for 30 years; and Kippie Marcum, reading specialist. Mrs. Marcum has taught for 26 years, 25 of those in Roanoke. The board presented each with a special plaque thanking them for everything they've done.

Superintendent's report

The annual Diversity Assembly at Handley Middle School was held on Monday, April 29. The Rev. Dr. Adlene Kufariami and her daughter, Precious, were the guest speakers. This family has been in the United States for 19 years and is originally from Zimbabwe. Dr. Kufariami is a United Methodist pastor in the Huntsville area and Precious will enter her senior year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Congratulations to the following Handley High School students: Matthew Towers, Zarria Wright, Erin Barber, Tameyra Drake and Claire Greer for graduating from Youth Leadership Randolph County. Jamie Taylor (maintenance and transportation supervisor) graduated from Leadership Randolph County.

On May 10 members of the Interact Club participated in a workday at

Kid's Town. These students helped to spread mulch over all of the surfaces of the playground. Marcum was told by a city official it would take two days to complete this work. He was proud to report the job was done by lunch. The superintendent could not be more proud of how these students represented HHS and the Interact Club.

Congratulations to Taylor Marcum for being selected to participate in the Rural Health Scholars Program this summer at the University of Alabama. During the five-week program, Taylor will take college classes and visit rural hospitals in the area. Only 25 students from across the state are selected to participate in this program. The program is designed to attract students who are considering a career in the health field.

In its third year of awarding student grants, the Roanoke S.T.A.R. Foundation awarded more than $3,500 to Roanoke students. Through the funds provided by the grants, students are able to pursue enriching educational opportunities. This year, 13 students received awards. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the S.T.A.R.

On May 9, HHS hosted an "Adulting Day" for seniors. Eight business leaders donated their time and taught the seniors about adult real-life skills. Seniors were able to rotate through sessions including: car care, home care, money matters, cooking, self-defense, adult health care, sewing, and/or military information/valuable life advice. A special thanks to our business leaders who participated.

Thoughts and prayers go out to third-grade teacher Donna Kinsey and her family as they mourn the loss of her husband, Wes Kinsey. Wes was an important part of the Handley Family and a close friend. He loved Roanoke City Schools and his Handley Tigers. He always willing to assist us in any way he could. He will be missed.

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