Summer 2015

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News from Boys Home of Virginia

Early Summer 2015

Boys Home Awards Banquet 2015 Boys Home of Virginia hosted our annual Spring Awards Banquet on May 19, 2015. The Awards Banquet gives us the chance to recognize all of the boys’ accomplishments over the past year. We highlight their accomplishments both on and off campus with awards ranging from school to community service. Many named awards and scholarships reward years of hard work at Boys Home. Resident, Sequoia, served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Educators from Boys Home School, Callaghan Elementary School, Clifton Middle School and Alleghany High School, as well as named award sponsors and Boys Home Trustees, were recognized as special guests for the evening for their service to our young men. Guests, staff and residents enjoyed a performance from the Boys Home Singers, under the direction of Mrs. Sherman of the Virginia Gentlemen in Roanoke, and enjoyed a wonderful meal before awards were presented. The most prestigious awards of the night were the Michael Folland Award and the George Floyd Rogers

Amearie was the winner of the Jhakee V. Avant Honorary Scholarship.

Award. The Folland award was given to a senior who was voted on by their fellow residents. This award winner shows his fellow residents that he took advantage of his time at Boys Home by working to reach his potential. The George Floyd Rogers Award was named in honor of the Boys Home founder. This honor was voted on by staff and presented to the resident who by his spirit, example, and overall outstanding citizenship exemplified the ideals of Boys Home and its founder. Graduating senior Austin was the winner of both awards. We were so excited to recognize and congratulate all award winners for this year. (See page 4 for a full list of awards and winners.)

Blake was the winner of the Matthew Foster Honorary Scholarship.

Amearie accepting the Joseph D. and Hilda C. Dent Memorial Award.


Boys Home of Virginia Founded by The Rev. George Floyd Rogers Rector, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Board of Trustees 2014-2015 President Edwin W. Simpson Vice President Betty S. Brown Secretary Donnie E. Wheatley ‘66 Treasurer Bernard C. Syme, III Immediate Past President Michael F. Moorman Ex Officio Alumni Representative R. Dennis Pinner Bishop, Diocese of Southwestern Virginia The Rt. Rev. Mark Bourlakas Members Robert B. Bishop Hugh P. Brien Patrick R. Cafaro Edwin P. Hopkins Stephen B. Lane Kelly O’Keefe Kenneth O. Robison, II Leonard S. Slater Susan Teachey Ann Vest The Rev. A. Kim Webster Joseph P. Whittle Margaret N. Whittle John P. Williams

The Boys Appeal is published 4 times a year by the Boys Home of Virginia Development Office. 414 Boys Home Road Covington, Virginia 24426 Phone: (540) 965-7700 Fax: (540) 965-7702 2

From the Executive Director Donnie E. Wheatley

This issue of the Boys Appeal is my most favorite. It reports on the culmination of a lot of effort by residents, staff, trustees, and supporters. The articles capture such a huge piece of the whole year and present it in a single pleasing issue. The Awards Dinner, Residential Education Day, and Graduation! What a wonderful time of the year. We are able to celebrate one event after the other. Special people organize, plan, and make possible the celebration of a year’s work and in the case of graduation, many years. Residents, staff, family, friends, trustees, and supporters gather to recognize academic and educational activities and to say thanks to all of our educators on Residential Education day. This event is followed within a few weeks by the annual Awards Banquet, where all areas of accomplishments by residents are recognized. Special supporters make possible a wide range of awards and recognition which enable graduates an opportunity to gain some funding for furthering their education. Within a couple of weeks we have a bittersweet time, called graduation. It is a joy to see the residents reach such a milestone, but as in a lot of families, this time leads to parting with a fair amount of anxiety on the part of the residents and staff. Did we get them ready? Will they carry the life lessons they have learned with them? A lot of waiting with bated breath. If you were here for any of it, you helped make it special. If not please plan on joining us during our whirlwind 5-6 weeks that begin the first part of May. I do not think you will regret coming. So enjoy reading, but the experience is much better. Take care and God Bless,

Dr. Donnie E. Wheatley Litterarum Humanarum

7th Annual Residential Education Day showcased “Providing Opportunity” The 7th annual Residential Education Day (RE Day) on May 6, at Boys Home, was a huge success. We had over 60 guests on campus for the open house event visiting the school and learning about the ways Boys Home is “Providing Opportunity” for the residents here. We showcased the new Center for Applied Trades and Technology program, which provides industrial arts training for the boys. Guests interacted with residents and teachers, toured the campus and school, visited cottages, petted horses, watched hands-on welding and metal cutting, learned about Native American culture, and enjoyed a delicious gourmet lunch. Displays were set up in the school featuring all of the clubs, organizations, school projects, and extra curricular activities the boys participate in throughout the year. Major sponsors for this year’s event were Alleghany Asphalt & Construction, Inc.; Balchem Corporation; Highlands Community Bank; JENFAB, Inc.; TriCounty Furniture of Virginia, all of Covington, Foti, Flynn, Lowen & Co. and Thor, Inc. of Roanoke, The Architects Alliance of Blacksburg, and Silvercrest Asset Management Group of Richmond. Primary sponsors were Bright Smiles Dental and Loving Funeral Home of Covington. RE Day was an opportunity for staff and residents to tell their stories and show guests what makes Boys Home unique. We were thrilled to have so many new and old faces on campus. Please visit our website to watch the re-cap video ( and plan to attend next year!

Providing Opportunity I want to write about By: Travis what Boys Home has taught me. For starters, when I first came here I honestly didn’t like it. I was very homesick. But after being here for a while, I got used to it and we started having a lot of fun. I was in the Wheatley Center at first. We went swimming, fishing, hiking, and a lot of other fun things. Once I got on the hill, I got to hang out with all my friends. We rode bikes all the time and played football and basketball. Sometimes I got into trouble, but I learned my lessons by talking about it and getting consequences. I learned a lot from all the times I got into trouble. Boys Home has taught me a lot about respect. They’ve taught me how to manage my cash. I have had a job almost the whole time I’ve been here. And that’s good because when I leave Boys Home I’ll have a lot of experience and be in the routine of having a job. The people here have taught me how to interact with new people and friends. When I first came to Boys Home I only had like two friends. But now I’m friends with most of the boys here. I just want people to realize how much Boys Home can teach you. Some people don’t want to learn and trust and believe in the program. But they will wish they did once they get older. Boys Home is providing us an opportunity to become better young men.

From the left: Jokwaun and Austin were both winners at the local level in the Women’s Club Art Contest. Zion won first place at the local and district levels with his acrylic painting titled, “The Phoenix.” The boys pose with their art teacher Shannon Fogus.


Awards Banquet, cont. The George Floyd Rogers Citizenship Award Austin G. The Michael F. Folland Award (voted by the boys) Austin G. The Berlin and Frances Lineberry Scholarship Austin H. The Donald “Pete” Dimick Memorial Scholarships (for athletic camp) Sequoia and Chris The Barry D. Mays Memorial Award (for outstanding ELA resident) Austin H. The Joseph D. & Hilda C. Dent Memorial Award Amearie 1st Lt. Joshua Charles Hurley Memorial Award Austin H. The David C. Hall Memorial Award Shama The Bill and Lang Wilson Scholarship Amearie The Matthew Foster Scholarship Blake Madeline S. Mumford Scholarship Amearie The Sam Cunningham Award Abe The Steven Rogers Memorial Award Carlton The Jhakee Avant Honorary Scholarship Amearie The Key Club Scholarship Amearie Highest GPA (Public School) Elementary School: Clifton - 3.17 Middle School: Abe - 2.72 High School: Chr is - 3.50


Senior, Austin, received a standing ovation when he received the George Floyd Rogers Award and the Michael F. Folland Award– both high honors at Boys Home (presented by Donnie Wheatley).

Highest GPA (Boys Home School) Middle School: J aylen - 3.46 High School: Evan -3.12 Most Improved Student Charles Top Journalist Award - Home Boys Gazette Hunter Top Journalist Award - The Boys Appeal Keondre Tice Volunteer Award Blake The Tice “Think About” Contest 1st Place- “Be the change you want to see in the world” Raekwon The Tice Environmental Award - Cleaning up the Boys Home Dam - J ack Gor don Cottage Farm Crew Worker of the Year Hunter Tree Farm Worker of the Year Evan Grounds Crew Workers of the Year Evan Vo-Tech Student of the Year Chandler Golden Voice Award Sequoia and Johnny Best Foot Forward Evan, Justin, Austin G., Blake Helping Hands Award Johnny, Zion, Luke, Clifton, Logan, Jose, Jaylen, Amara, Keondre, Edwin Also recognized with Certificates of Participation were members of the Tae Kwon Do class, Boys Home Singers, Hilltoppers Boys Basketball Team, Key Club, and Boy Scout Troop 66.

Senior, Amearie, and Director Donnie Wheatley after the Awards Banquet. Amearie was proud to receive many named awards and much recognition for his hard work at Boys Home.

The Boys Home Graduating Class of 2015! Congratulations to the Boys Home School Graduating Class of 2015! The Boys Home school graduated five seniors this year: Malachi, Austin G., Blake, Austin H., and Amearie. The boys were celebrated at a luncheon held at Boys Home on June 6, after many of them walked during Alleghany High School’s graduation ceremony. What’s next for these boys? Austin and Blake G. plan to stay in the Covington area, work at their current jobs, and pursue community college. Austin H. plans to attend an automechanic trade school in his hometown. Amearie plans to attend community college. Malachi plans to go home and pursue employment and Back row, left to right: Amearie, Malachi, and Austin G. community college. Front row, left to right: Blake, Mr. Donnie Wheatley, and Austin H. The boys are excited for the future and thankful for what they have learned at Boys Home. Many of the boys lived in the Experiential Living Program on campus- meaning they were responsible for all of their own cooking, housekeeping, grocery shopping, and other responsibilities under the supervision of a part-time houseparent. All of the seniors held jobs either on or off campus during their senior year. We hope their experiences here have prepared them to be successful.

Sams Cottage and Greene Cottage Sams and Greene Cottages are renovated and open! Thank you, again, to everyone who donated items to the cottages upon their opening! We will be fully operational by the end of the summer when renovations are finished in Darling Cottage. Boys Home will have over 60 boys on campus before school starts in the fall– that’s almost double the number of boys we had at the start of school last year! More updates to come in the next Boys Appeal!


Industrial Arts Program named “Center for Applied Trades and Technology” Boys Home School’s Center for Applied Trades and Technology (CATT) program is off to a great start. Five seniors finished the foundations curriculum of the CATT program this year, which has applied to be an Accredited Training and Educational Facility (ATEF) for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Graduates have nationally recognized credentials through their NCCER certification and are eligible for employment at companies throughout the United States. Accreditation through ATEF allows Boys Home more credibility in the trades industry and opens doors for hiring qualified teachers. Though there was a learning curve for both students and teachers, teachers Rick and Gay Turner are excited for their second year teaching the curriculum. They are currently certified to teach H-VAC and the NCCER Core curriculum, with plans to pursue further certifications this summer. The Core curriculum covers the foundations of all building trades and sets the ground work for success

in any trade interesting to the students. Additional NCCER certified teachers will be brought in for electrical, plumbing, carpentry, welding, and other trades classes. The Turners hope is to give the boys an opportunity for employment as either a part-time or full time job when they graduate from Boys Home. During the next academic year, the Turners plan to set up many extra opportunities for their students. Their students will have hands-on work with demolition and H-VAC installation in Darling Cottage, including tool experience, safety, and materials handling. Apprenticeships will be set up for some of the boys through local companies and contacts. Students will be required to apply for jobs, both real and practice. The second CATT class is already 1/3 of the way through the Core curriculum, giving them more time for hands-on experiences. The future looks bright for the CATT program and we are excited to see how it shapes our young men for success at Boys Home and beyond.

Summer at Boys Home Summer does not slow down for Boys Home. Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on here this summer:  20 boys will be attending 8 different overnight camps, including the Hampden Sydney Leadership Camp and the College Orientation Workshop at VMI. Some of the camps are free but many of the boys are able to attend through sponsorship and scholarship.  Many boys will be attending summer school classes at Boys Home School.  Rising juniors and seniors will be participating in H-VAC Training Core 1 & 2 through the Center for 6 applied Trades and Technology

program here on campus.  Most boys will spend from 1-3

weeks on home visits at various times throughout the summer. Mission groups are scheduled to come throughout the summer to work on campus and spend time with the boys and staff. Any boy that has an on or off of Lynchburg. campus job will be working  Cottages are encouraged to take scheduled hours over the summer. group trips off campus with the Hours will be worked out around boys to hike, swim, kayak, go to other summer obligations. the water park, go to the movies, Staff will have childcare and and have summer fun. licensure required training in  And best of all, the ice cream August. truck will come once a week and In July, resident Sequoia will be treat residents and staff to free ice going to Belize on a mission trip cream thanks to a generous donor! with St. John’s Episcopal Church

Nehemiah Wins Writing Competition at Local and District Levels, Places 3rd at State Level

Summer Wish List Wallets Towels Washcloths Bath mats Laundry baskets Clothes hangers Cups & Mugs Plates Pots & Pans Mixing bowls Dish towels Pillows Twin sheet sets Ironing boards Hallway runner rugs Door mats Alarm clocks Shower curtains Plastic storage containers Hair picks Books– middle and high school level Movies– age appr opr iate, action Work gloves Travel kits Batteries (AAA, AA, C & D) Gift Cards

Dates to remember… 6/20: Abingdon Convocation visit 6/27: Boys Home Alumni Day 7/12-15: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Richmond mission group on campus 7/19-23: Trinity Episcopal Church Portsmouth mission group 7/30-31: Church of Our Savior Charlottesville mission group 8/19: First day of school! 9/12: Hall of Fame Banquet

In February, several Boys Home School students entered the Covington Woman’s Club writing contest. Nehemiah was one blue ribbon winner for grade 8 at the local level. The writing of all local first place writers went on to compete at a district level. Nehemiah’s short story, titled “A Chance”, won first place in the district competition and earned third place at the state level. Terrific job Nehemiah!

A Chance By: Nehemiah Once upon a time there was a boy named Jeff. He was 21-years-old. His mom kicked him out of the house because he refused to do anything around the house. Jeff became homeless. He had nothing to eat. For three weeks, he ate out of garbage cans, and slept in alleys. On one rainy day, he walked into a bakery to get dry, and saw so many good things. There were yellow cupcakes, and chocolate éclairs with fancy designs. His mouth began to water. His stomach ached for something good. He spotted a red velvet cupcake, and he just couldn't help himself. Jeff tried to put the cupcake in his dirty, torn bag without the clerk seeing. As he was getting ready to leave the store, the manager walked up to Jeff, and told him to come to her office. Jeff's first instinct was to run; but he knew if he ran he was going to jail. The manager talked to Jeff about why stealing was wrong. Jeff told her he was sorry, and that he had no food to eat. The manager saw he was a good person, and she asked Jeff if he had any

experience with custodial work. Jeff told her that he didn't, but that he would love to be given a chance to work. Jeff started his new job that night. He cleaned the floors, the baking racks, and polished all the silver. He cleaned until 5:00 am, when the head baker arrived to start the croissants. His eyes were heavy, and the manager had given him a small utility closet with a cot. As he smelled fresh pastries baking, he drifted into a deep sleep. When he awoke, the manager brought him fresh coffee and a donut. She told him how impressed she was with all he had done, and she offered him a full-time cleaning job. She told him he could stay in the shop until he could afford a place of his own. Jeff's first paycheck was 100 dollars for a week. That gave him enough money to buy a couple of outfits and some basic foods to keep in his little room. Over the next two months, Jeff saved every penny. He finally earned enough to rent a small room with a shared bathroom. At the bakery, he learned to make many things, like the little éclairs with fancy designs. Eventually, he became an assistant to the baker. He started earning more money, and felt proud of himself. After two years, the manager told Jeff she was selling the bakery and moving to Paris. Jeff decided it was time to make changes in his life. He made a tray of baked goods and went to see his mother. He told her he was glad she had kicked him out. He never would have made a better life if she hadn't done that. They discussed the bakery, and decided they would buy it. Today, Jeff and his mom run the most successful bakery in downtown Philadelphia. Jeff still stays late at night and polishes his own silver. He specializes in red velvet cupcakes and chocolate éclairs with fancy designs on them.



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Quilt Raffle It’s quilt raffle time! This beautiful quilt was hand-made and donated by Phyllis Gibson, sister of Donnie Wheatley. The quilt is Queen-sized with an “around the world” stitch pattern. It is made of batik material and is machine stitched and hand hemmed.