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Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | October 25, 2012
Kids in Martinsville had help finding Waldo Thursday during school. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Ragan visited Patrick Henry Elementary School to promote literacy in schools. He handed out and signed Where's Waldo books to each of the students. About 75 kids completed a reading program at the school this fall. Meeting a real race car driver was their reward. "Reading is very important. I learned that at a young age and even when you're five, six, seven years old you don't want to believe your parents or you don't want to believe other people who is that important," Ragan said.
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March 4, 2013
Falling Spring Elementary School in Alleghany County is closed Monday due to water problems at the school. This is the only school closed for this school system.
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March 8, 2010
Elementary school on list of potential Roanoke City cuts More talk about closing schools. This time it's in Roanoke City. News 7 has learned the school system is considering closing Round Hill Elementary, a school which is nearly 50 years old. Superintendent Rita Bishop says they've cut everything they possibly can think of and it's still not enough to make up what is looking like an 11 million dollar budget shortfall. So big ticket items like an elementary school are now on the list for possible cuts.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | April 10, 2013
Learning cursive is almost a rite of passage in Elementary School.  But could the writing be on the wall for those squiggly letters? More and more states are writing off daily cursive lessons throughout elementary school.  Virginia requires third graders to be able to read and write cursive, something second grade teachers like. "I do think it's important for the kids to learn because as adults, we do have to use cursive in our signature, and I think it's an important part that they do learn that," said second grade teacher Laura Allen.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | December 4, 2012
A Lynchburg elementary school needs your help to build a safer playground. Linkhorne Elementary School needs to replace its old "PAL," which stands for "Play at Linkhorne. "  The equipment was built 25 years ago and it's starting to fall apart.  Pieces are coming off and children are getting splinters from the old wood. To raise money, the school is competing in a national contest sponsored by Clorox.  Out of hundreds of schools, Linkhorne is in 5th place.  The grand prize is $50,000.
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | November 20, 2012
Kids at one elementary school in Roanoke get an early morning workout and it's all on their own time. Every Tuesday and Thursday, before the bell rings, about thirty kids hit the gym at Fishburn Park Elementary School.          Starting at 7 a.m., kindergartners through fifth graders target the four areas of fitness.         Workouts are all voluntary, and last about thirty-minutes. Fifth-grader Simran Drakeford explains the activities. "We run laps, we walk, we do jumping jacks, we do planktons and curl-ups," said Drakeford.
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WDBJ Web Staff | August 16, 2012
Update 8:45 am - Firefighters had to close Route 221 in both directions between Locust Grove and Daniels Run to fight the fire. That road is the only way into Check Elementary, and it will be closed for the foreeable future. According to the Virginia Department of transportation traffic is being detoured off of Route 221 onto Route 642, then to  Route 610 before heading back to Route 221. The home is destroyed, but firefighters don't know what caused the fire. One person was inside when the fire started, but that person wasn't hurt.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 27, 2012
A student teacher at a Lynchburg elementary school has been charged with having child pornography. 22-year-old Alexander Aldrich of New Hampshire was charged with four counts of child pornography possession on Sept. 25. Aldrich is a college student and was also a student teacher at R.S. Payne Elementary School in Lynchburg. According to investigators, there is no evidence at this time indicating that any criminal activity occurred in the school or involved students.  A spokeswoman for the city school system confirmed Aldrich worked at teh school from August 21 through September 24.  Aldrich was "never in direct supervision or assigned direct responsibility of any students" according to Cindy Babb.
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Elizabeth Harrington and WDBJ7 Reporter | September 26, 2012
Fort Lewis Elementary School is a beloved school in the community. More than 200 students walk through its doors every school day. Now parents worry the doors could close for good because of budget cuts. At a meeting Wednesday night, there was a sea of blue shirts in support of Fort Lewis Elementary. Parents showed the Fort Lewis Lion Pride as they meet with Roanoke County school leaders. Parents grilled the Superintendent and school officials with questions for over an hour. They want to know why Fort Lewis Elementary is targeted, and why taxes can't be raised to cover deficits.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 26, 2012
Dozens of Roanoke County parents who are worried about the future of their kids' school are expected at a meeting tonight. The county school system is considering closing Fort Lewis Elementary to save money. That's where the superintendent and the school board are expected to meet with parents at 6:00 tonight. Other budget issues could be discussed as well.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 3, 2013
A man from Moneta is in custody after trying to steal copper from the old Huff Lane School in Roanoke. It happened just after 2 a.m. Monday morning. Officers were originally responding to a break-in and got word en route to the building that the suspect was on the roof. That's where Eric Black was arrested a few minutes later. He faces several charges.
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Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | May 23, 2013
Big changes for students and teachers in Danville; one school closed its doors Thursday, three more are closing for good next month, and a new superintendent is starting before the start of next school year. It was an emotional morning Thursday for teachers at Edwin A. Gibson Middle School. They had one last staff meeting after students left and mentioned their favorite moments working at the school. All staff were offered jobs at other schools in the district. "We've certainly been on an emotional roller coaster here for the last couple of years.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 7, 2013
Greenfield Elementary School in Botetourt County will be closed on Wednesday due to a power outage.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | May 3, 2013
Some Bedford County students are growing food to feed themselves and their neighbors. Huddleston Elementary School is starting a community garden.  Agriculture students from Staunton River High School were on hand Friday morning to help second graders plant fresh fruits and vegetables. "We always try to do a community service project with our students, through Future Farmers of America and the Ag classes that we teach," said Clare Robertson, an agriculture teacher at Staunton River High School.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | April 19, 2013
Students at a Roanoke County Elementary school are going home this evening with a new toy. Friday, Cave Spring Elementary School fifth graders learned a little bit about kites while they designed their own.    Saturday, WDBJ7 sponsors the Blue Ridge Kite Festival. Kite fanatics from all over the country are in town this weekend and say kites are more than fun. "It's also learning life skills, they're learning how to tie knots, they're learning how to tape, they're learning about art, they're learning about culture.  Kites around the world are huge," said Cliff Quinn.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | April 10, 2013
Learning cursive is almost a rite of passage in Elementary School.  But could the writing be on the wall for those squiggly letters? More and more states are writing off daily cursive lessons throughout elementary school.  Virginia requires third graders to be able to read and write cursive, something second grade teachers like. "I do think it's important for the kids to learn because as adults, we do have to use cursive in our signature, and I think it's an important part that they do learn that," said second grade teacher Laura Allen.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | March 29, 2013
A school in our area is being recognized as one of the best in the country!  Stewartsville Elementary School received an award from the National Association of Music Merchants for the quality of its music education program. Every student in the school gets at least 45 minutes of music education every week.  School leaders say the music program is an important part of their entire curriculum.  It's one of only 66 schools in the country honored.  
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Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | March 14, 2013
Making an outdoor classroom comes with mistakes, even on the roof, 15 feet up. Zach Greiner, an 18 year old from Missouri, has an electric drill in his hand and says he's ready to get the job done, "Physically we want to be able to complete this get all of the gazebo and everything done, so that the kids can use it. " The kids are from Oakland Elementary School in Galax. K through 5, close to 300 students in all. Here's the cool part; this crew you see on the roof and on the ground are from Lynchburg College and high school students from Missouri.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | March 5, 2013
No matter where students go at Staunton River High School, school resource officer Gary DeSilvey is keeping a close eye on them. "We just patrol the campus and make sure that everyone who is on campus is allowed to be here," said DeSilvey. He gets to know students and tries to build a positive relationship with them. "If they've got issues they come to us," DeSilvey said.  "I've had several students come to me and if they're having a rough day they come and talk to us for a while.
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March 4, 2013
Falling Spring Elementary School in Alleghany County is closed Monday due to water problems at the school. This is the only school closed for this school system.
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