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Beyond the classroom By Laurie Black
Much of life is about learning, so it naturally follows that teachers are important people in our lives. Teachers encourage and inspire us, often, long after we have left the classroom. This certainly is true of teachers, Robin Coppock and May Jane. May Jane completed her Bachelor’s degree in 1949 and her Master’s degree in 1959. She taught in Maury School, James Monroe High School, and Battlefield Middle School for a combined 44 years before she retired in 1993. May Jane taught many students over the years who are now prominent lawyers, real estate developers, and business owners here in our community. Robin taught at Courtland High School and currently teaches at Germanna Community College. Robin has been teaching for 34 years.
These two teachers get together for a few hours each week. They go out to lunch, run errands, and regularly share their teaching experiences over a cup of tea. Robin and May Jane met through the Senior Visitors Program. Robin read about the Senior Visitors Program in the Free Lance Star. May Jane heard about the Senior Visitors Program from someone at her church. Since they started visiting almost a year ago, they have become fast friends. Robin says, “I love visiting May Jane. She has a great sense of humor. We have teaching in common so we ‘understand” each other.’ May Jane says of Robin, “I enjoy visiting with someone who is pleasant and knowledgeable.” As they have gotten to know each other, they have found many things that they have in common. Both Robin and May Jane are members of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and enjoy talking about their ancestors. They also enjoy serving their community beyond the classroom. Though May Jane is retired, she continues to volunteer for the Mary Washington Hospital Auxiliary by making baby caps. She also makes lap quilts for abused children which are distributed by the local police. When asked about her volunteer work with the Senior Visitors Program, Robin states, “I have always enjoyed visiting with senior citizens – including family. When I was a teenager I volunteered in a nursing home. Seniors have a wealth of knowledge and experience and the best stories!” Robin encourages those considering community volunteer work, “Volunteering is fun. You meet wonderful people.” Robin goes on to say, “May Jane
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is an extremely independent woman. She appreciates any help she receives, but I really admire her desire to do things on her own. She will be 90 this year and she is on social media! She enjoys reading, playing bridge, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. On one visit together, she taught me how to crochet.” May Jane and Robin are great examples of how we can always be learning and how we can have a positive impact in our community. If you feel inspired to learn more, call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2704 or visit our website at mhafred.org. Refer a senior or sign up to be a volunteer! The Senior Visitors Program is a free community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg.
Laurie Black is the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Visitors Program She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Loisann's Hope House is the Fredericksburg region's first and largest family homeless shelter. With a mission to quickly move children and their families from homelessness to housing, Loisann's Hope House has been helping families in our region for over 30 years. The organization bears the name of Loisann Silver Chacon, a social worker who began her life in Fredericksburg. Loisann's Hope House placed 41 homeless families into permanent housing last year. Nevertheless, homelessness continues within our community. Did you know that within one year of becoming
homeless, school-aged homeless children will attend two or more schools? Having to travel hours to and from distant schools, and not having a place to live fosters instability in the life of a child. Missed meals, separation from friends and family and constantly moving have a negative impact, both physically and mentally. The program at Loisann's Hope House is designed to improve the quality of life for families by helping them move from homelessness to permanent housing. Loisann's Hope House offers educational opportunities and support services which include: intensive case management, tutoring, employment or vocational training, placement and referrals, life skills and social skills courses, stress management, as well as financial management, wellness, and nutrition. Loisann's Hope House works 95% of families that move from Loisann's Hope House to permanent housing remain in stable housing. That's why this year, the shelter hopes to move 50 families from homelessness to permanent housing. As a fundraiser to achieve this goal, Loisann's Hope House is teaming up with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra to hold a "Concert of Hope." The concert will take place at Dodd Auditorium on the UMW campus at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th and will feature the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra accompanying acclaimed singer and actress Deborah Silver. Deborah Silver's talents as vocalist and actress have been featured on the stages of theater, television and film. Blending the Great American Songbook with jazz, blues, country and Broadway classics, Deborah's performances delight audiences nationwide. Her 2016 album, The Gold Standards, debuted at #1 on two billboard charts and her music is played on jazz and easy listening stations across the country.
With this concert, Deborah returns to her husband's hometown of Fredericksburg to provide support to Loisann's Hope House, the organization that bears the name of her late sister-inlaw. She is excited to donate the proceeds of this concert to help homeless Fredericksburg-area children and families. Please join Loisann's Hope House, the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest star Deborah Silver to raise money for this worthy cause. To purchase tickets, beginning at $20, go online to umwphilharmonic.com 1324. Tickets & general or call 540/654-1 seating.info To inquire about becoming a concert sponsor, contact Loisann's Hope 0831. House at 540/371-0
Audra Bielke is the Event Administrator for the Concert of Hope
Concert of Hope UMW Philharmonic Orchestra March 24, 7:30pm Dodd Auditorium
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