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Anika, Andrea and Evelyn in Philadelphia on a recent class trip. Facebook growingupinthevalley Follow Us on Instagram @Growingupmag Tweet Us on Twitter @GUPinthevalley Email The Editor andrea@ Story Ideas Share your story ideas with us by emailing

e find it hard to believe that the school year will be over for most of the students in our region at the end of this month and shortly thereafter for the rest. Our kids are another year older and one more step closer to high school!

This issue features our reader’s feedback on where they send their child to school in the region; public, private or homeschool? There is no “best” choice as a whole. Each family is different and each child has different educational needs. It is a tough decision for any family. Check out our discussion with readers like you on page ten to see what their thoughts were when making their family’s decision. We also feature the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir in this issue as they are celebrating their 30th Anniversary! What an accomplishment! We are proud to be supporters of this great organization and hope to watch them grow for another 30 years! Lastly, you may have caught us on WFXR News recently. We are hosting a segment every Thursday at 8:30 AM to discuss a current topic that we are featuring in the magazine. We will have guests talking about everything from the Strawberry Festival to health issues concerning your family! Check us out every week and stay connected with what is happening in our region! Enjoy the summer!

Andrea, Josh, Anika and Evelyn

Growing Up In The Valley PUBLI SHER Josh Eagan EDI TOR Andrea Eagan CRE AT IVE DIRE C TOR Tracy Fisher ADVER T I SING DI S T RIBUT I ON Amy Eason C ON T RIBUTOR S Peg McGuire Katie Lewis Tracy Fisher Ava Rosa DeVries Kevin Hurley Clifford Jackson Lillian King-Meidlinger C ont ac t Us : Phone: 540-251-1660 Fax: 540-808-1568 Mail: PO BOX 12263 Roanoke, VA 24024 General Inquiries: We welcome reader comments, submissions and the support of advertisers. We reserve the right to refuse or edit any materials submitted to us that we deem inappropriate for our audience. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope with any submission to be returned. We do not accept responsiblity for unsolicited materials. Growing Up In the Valley and Growingupinthevalley. com are published by MoFat Publishing. Growing Up In the Valley is published monthly. The views and the opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers do not necessarily represnt those of Growing Up In the Valley, it’s staff or contributors. The information presented here is for informational purposes only and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of, or consequences from the use of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein. We urge all parents to confirm any information given herein and consult with a doctor or an appropriate professional concerning any information or question. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher.

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May 2017

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Sing Out Loud! The Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir celebrates 30 years of music. Private Vs. Public Schools Local families tell us why they chose their children’s schools and how they hope they could improve. Virginia Commonwealth Games Lynchburg hosts a huge annual sporting event for all ages and abilities.

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Kid Scientist 14 year old Maanasa Mandu used science and research to provide electricty to third world nations.

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DIY Serving Tray Serve breakfast in bed with style and flair!

Spring Cleaning 101 Start the season off right with these simply organizing ideas.


Doughnut Fries A fun twist on a breakfast staple.


Slice of Lfe We all know mothers are really superheroes in disguise!

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It’s A Money Thing Take this important class: Student Loans 101

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Go. Play. See. Roanoke’s festival season is in full swing- find one happening near your family now!


Kids Eat Free What’s for dinner tonight?


Education Guide

This rectangle is blue. Do you like the color blue? Lots of things in the world are blue. The sky. This rectangle. Your sister’s eyes. Here’s a fun game. Let’s see how many blue things we can count around us! When you talk to your child, you build vocabulary, so everyday moments become learning moments. For more tips, visit For more information, please contact: Meg Fitzwater, Director, Early Learning Strategies | (540)283-2786

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From Backyard Hero To Olympic Hopefuls The Commonwealth Games Are For Everyone!

From archery, track and field, wrestling, swimming and baseball to E-Games, the Virginia Commonwealth Games at Liberty University is for everyone from the weekend warrior to the Olympic hopeful.

Nathaniel Torres, a Judo Olympic hopeful, was a junior competitor in the Virginia Commonwealth Games, winning three gold medals, two in the junior event and one in the adult division. He also won a silver medal in the junior Olympics. Torres, age 17, has traveled from New York to Maryland and other areas to compete in the sport he loves. He has been training and working hard with a goal to hopefully one day participate in the Olympics. He is currently training in upstate New York, with Jason Morris, a former Olympic athlete.

A weekend warrior is someone who recreationally competes in sporting events; normally a weekend warrior will participate in any event they enjoy the most. Jonathon Flannagan, a junior competitor in the Virginia Commonwealth Games considers himself a weekend warrior and has competed in multiple events including the 5K and disc golf. Mangum has earned a bronze medal in disc golf and a silver medal in the 5k. Flannagan has had a lot of positive interactions with other athletes during the games and says the other competitors are very supportive of one another. The comradery of the other athletes have been a big part of boosting his confidence during the games and pushes him to work harder.

Modeled after the Olympics, the Virginia Commonwealth Games at Liberty University is open to amateur athletes of any age and will be held this summer in Lynchburg, offering around 55 sports to choose from. Any age or ability level can participate. Bronze, silver and gold medals are awarded. As part of the weekend festivities, The Athlete Tailgate Party, a free event for the participants, will be held at the new indoor practice facility on July 21, starting at 4:30pm. Participants can enjoy free food, games, music and more. Opening ceremonies will follow in the Vines Center at 7 p.m. and will include a parade of the athletes, Miss Virginia, an Olympic speaker and lighting of an Olympic torch.

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May 20 Pink in the Park Pink in the Park returns as we raise funds for Susan G. Komen Blue Ridge. The players will don special Pink jerseys bearing the names of survivors and fighters. These jerseys will be auctioned after the game with proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen Blue Ridge.

Michael Fisher Parent of the Month “I’m nominating Michael Fisher as Dad of the Month because of his never ending patience, love and devotion to his family. He works long hours as an in-home counselor to provide for his family as well as make a difference in the lives of young teens. He is always thinking of others before himself andI want to let him know that his family recognized that sacrifice.” -Tracy Fisher What music do you listen to in the car? I have everything from Weird Al, Lord of the Ring Soundtracks, Broadway, Rap, Christian Rock, Heavy Metal and audiobooks.

What is always in your pocket? My car keys and my latest reciept for french fries.

What is one thing you cannot live What’s your favorite movie? Star Wars. without? No, Indiana Jones. No, Lord of the Rings. My Family. And Netflix, but mostly my Can I have all of the above? family.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? People are often surprised by my age. I guess my charming good looks and youthful personality are good at hiding that fact!

What’s your favorite thing to do as a family? We love to play games. Board games, card games, guessing What TV Show can you not miss? We What app do you use the most on your games, video games. We are all very watch Shark Tank weekly as a family- It’s phone? I have a love/hate relationship competitive and love playing strategy fun watching my 7 year old talk back to with Magic: The Gathering app. I refuse games together. Mr. Wonderful. to spend money on a cellphone game, but it’s hard to play competitively if you don’t!

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Private Or Public? We've talked about private school for religious reasons, but I teach in the public school system and believe that there are great things for our children there.

Our experience at my son's school has been great. His teacher was beyond amazing and kept us informed with his performance. It really calmed any fears before we could have them about public school. He has been challenged at the school put in groups with his Public School level even moved up to the next grade for reading group to make sure he was challenged. I think I would consider private school if he was not being challeged, the teachers at his school are amazing and care for students as if they were there own. I was concerned at the beginning of 1st about him getting bored and his teacher adjusted and came up with ways for him to be challenged.


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There is too much wonderful nature to only explore on the weekends. We play outside a lot, hike, pretend, and build. I liked that about community school, where I went as a child and am enjoying it with my own kids now. I also chose to homeschool so that my children can learn at their own pace whether it's accelerated or slow, no boxes.




Private School

We wanted to be able to tailor the education to the child and to avoid the peer group issues found in public schools. Private school is unaffordable.

We wanted to be able to tailor the education to the child and to avoid the peer group issues found in public schools. Private school is unaffordable.

I would like to see more participation from parents in the PTA. If we had more volunteers the PTA could raise more money. I would also like see smaller classrooms. Most classes have at least 20 kids would be nice to see that number reduced.

Why did you choose to homeschool?

Mount Pleasant Elementary school teacher Tracy Broughman was named the 2017 Golden Apple winner.

Originally I chose to homeschool because my daughter began acting out in school. When we worked with the teacher, guidance counselor and principal we discovered she was bored. She was reading on a 3rd grade reading level in kindergarten. She was in the advanced reading group, but it still wasn’t challenging enough. My concerns at the time were that she wouldn’t be well socialized if I homeschooled her. Turns out our community here has so many opportunities for Homeschoolers! Between co-ops, bricks 4 kids, art classes, gym, Meetups, field trips. We even have the community reaching out to us to find out our needs, the social aspect is no longer a concern in my mind. We had MMTC ask what we need as a homeschool community! There are so many things I haven’t mentioned, but I feel that my children get a more enriched education at home. The beauty of it for some families, is if they aren’t great at teaching a subject they can join a co-op and it’s a chance for the community to come together and each family uses their strengths to teach. Our family personally makes sure the kids have learned the basics that public school teaches, just in case the kids ever want to go back, but they learn so much more at home, and it takes less time.

Crystal Spring Elementary of Roanoke City Schools is ranked #1 of 1,095 Virginia Schools and also won The 2015 National Blue Ribbon Recognition Award. My child is very creative, but test prep takes precedence over creativity and actually enjoying school.

The Community School was named one of The Best Independent Schools in Southwestern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine.

Are you happy in public school? I am very pleased with our schools here in Radford. They get a good education, all the teachers know them and I feel it is a safe, learning environment. I haven’t ever considered another avenue.

I would love for public school to provide more hands on learning and small group opportunities

Why did you choose to private school? My son used to attend a private school but due to finances we had to put him back in public school. We chose a private education for him for several years largely due to the SOLs and their negative impacts on healthy childhood development and education. During his time at a private school he flourished and did amazingly well. He is currently a straight A 9th grader. Yet, I would pull him out of the public educational system in a heartbeat if it was financially feasible.

My daughter attends preschool at BRAAC. I work there but also like exposing her to children who have unique needs and challenges and teaching her to be accepting of everyone.

I would change the overall environment. My son’s school has not been updated since it was built in the 70s. The teachers make the best of their resources, but space is hard to find when staff members choose to break into small groups for remediation or enrichment. Growing Up • May 2017


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Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir: In Tune With Excellence for Thirty Years By Lillian King Meidlinger

If you happened to go to the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir (RVCC) 30th Anniversary Spring Concert in April, then you know what a choral arts treasure we have here in the valley. The choir, made up of four smaller choirs of different levels, is almost 300 members strong with kids ranging from 7-17 years of age. Their polished performances are at once emotional, skillful, dramatic, and fun. A testament to the choir’s impact on kids is the abiding faithfulness of its alumni. Many joined the choir on stage for the closing number at Kim’s request; about 50 were present at the concert and subsequent alumni reception. “Having the alumni there was really special,” says Kim. In thirty years, the choir has amassed an alumni roster of nearly 1500. Hard to believe that it all began 30 years ago with a head count of just 23 kids–hard won by new director Kim, who recruited at every elementary school in the valley while mother to a 2-year-old and quite pregnant with her second child. All three of her kids were raised in the choir; it became their second home and family. Accomplished

musicians in their own right, two remain in Roanoke and one lives in Germany.

amazing memories…I can’t wait to see where I go and what performances I’ll have in the future!”

The choir’s beginnings were bumpy and many eyes were on Kim. This scrutiny motivated her to do her very best. She worked hard to prove herself and within a couple of years had earned a great reputation and grown the choir. This experience enhanced her already pronounced drive for excellence, both for herself and her choristers. A sixtyhour work week is the norm for Kim.

In the immediate future, RVCC’s Concert Choir (“C Choir”) has an exciting summer ahead of them. Fifty-five of its 94 members will be preparing to sing at The International Children’s Choir Festival at Canterbury Cathedral and London in late July. “It’s going to be glorious!,” exclaims Kim. The choir will sing once at Southwark Cathedral in London and three times at Canterbury Cathedral. In Canterbury, they will sing in a formal, full festival concert; in a solo a capella lunchtime performance; and…wait for it…they will be the only solo choir at the festival to have the honor of singing Evensong at the cathedral. Evensong has been sung at Canterbury Cathedral by a soloist or choir every evening since the year 600 A.D. (except for two times). The RVCC Concert Choir will have the honor of singing this special liturgical music with the cathedral’s cantor and clerk and will process in with the clergy. “It’s going to be a magnificent, lifelong memory moment…we’re very, very proud!,” says Kim. Roanoke Valley Children’s

What would she like to see in the next decade? More, more, more of the same: growth in numbers in her younger choirs (“A Choir” and “B Choir”) and continued growth in excellence are on Kim’s wish list. “I’d really like to figure out how to get the word out to more kids…more children, please!,” she laughs. Getting the word out can be a challenge but the kids who are involved get so much out of it. Eighth grader and Concert Choir member Ari Cogen had this to say, “Being in the RVCC has been an amazing experience…I’ve made so many great friends, been to so many awesome places, and had many

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travel to Williamsburg each year to take part in “Festival in the Parks” and spend a day at Busch Gardens. For day-to-day fun and encouragement, Kim offers up sweet treats for various special occasions: first rehearsal of the month, birthdays, if she forgets your name, buddy day, etc. In addition to singing locally, RVCC connects with other area arts organizations and incorporates local talent into their major performances. They regularly higher instrumentalists from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the C Choir takes part in the RSO’s Holiday Pops concert each ir? Cho n’s ng Roanoke Valley Childre inni rd-w awa year. This gives the children the of t par a and 15, 2017. Interested in becoming s 7-17 will be held May 8, 11, age s the opportunity to sing with girl and s boy for ns Newcomer Auditio or email Auditions@ t 540-RChorus (540-724-6787) professional musicians, thus tex or call n, itio aud iling an le ema To schedu a summer audition by up Set 15? May r reinforcing the drive for afte this Reading com or calling 540-676-7265. oir. sch excellence. The RSO’s Music ren hild n@c idso dav Kim Director and Conductor, David Stewart Wiley, and Opera Choir return. Roanoke’s Principal Guest will be inscribed in an enormous book “I have a very high standard because I Conductor, Steven White, have at the cathedral that holds the names believe in choral art and the standards both lent a hand at RVCC performances of all those who have sung Evensong that I learned in my college choir and supported the choir in numerous there. and in my training,” she says. This is ways. Most recently, The Southwest especially true for C Choir; “It’s serious Virginia Ballet danced for RVCC’s 30th A couple of years further down the but they know I love them,” says Kim. anniversary performance finale. road, Kim hopes to take the C Choir to the American Choral Directors RVCC uses a mentoring/buddy program Kim knows all of RVCC’s Association conference in 2019. They to help make the choir a cohesive accomplishments would not happen had this honor once before in 2015 and unit. New members are matched with without a great deal of help. “Most got to sing in the Mormon Tabernacle a few buddies from the C Choir and children’s choirs of our stature and for thousands of choral conductors. take part in a mentor rehearsal as part size have a full-time administrator The choir received standing ovations of their annual fall retreat at Smith and a full-time artistic director and at both of their performances. The Mountain Lake. The buddies then come probably a full-time development audition process for this engagement to a few practices over the course of person,” says Kim. RVCC has Kim as is tough: applicants must submit the year to sing with their younger their only full-time employee plus recordings from three different years counterparts. It gives the smaller about 25 paid hours a week combined and only two choirs across America are children someone to look up to while for the treasurer, clerical assistant, chosen to perform. helping the older ones practice being music librarian, and social media kind and helpful. “We are building specialist. Everything else is done by As you may have gathered, RVCC has a lifelong learning skills, character volunteers. “That’s what I think is reputation for going above and beyond. traits, leadership skills…we know that really special. We have 29-30 volunteer The kids are invested in working hard music is the avenue for building better committees…we have the hardestand doing their very best. Kim instills citizens and better leaders,” says Kim. working volunteers and they make this work ethic in them in a variety of us sparkle!” Kim’s daughter, Kirsti, ways. First and foremost is, as she puts The choir works hard, but they have deserves special accolades. Despite a it, “Love, love, love!…if you just love fun, too! Their shows always include debilitating chronic illness, she puts people, you can’t go wrong…I look at inventive choreography that adds a in 10-20 hours of volunteer time a these children with eyes of love (most touch of whimsy to the performance. week, choosing most of the choir’s of the time!).” In addition to their twice-yearly repertoire, choreographing dance concerts at the Jefferson Center, moves, figuring out choir seating Kim also sets the bar high. “High the choir takes their talent to the charts, plus innumerable other tasks. standards are just part of good choral road–showing their skills at various “She is our heart and soul, she truly music,” she says. Kim wants the very schools and events as well as leading loves the choir and her mom and is the best for her choristers, gives them a Christmas carol sing-a-long at the backbone of our excellence,” says Kim. her best, and expects nothing less in Taubman Museum of Art. They also


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5 Ways to Lower the Cost of Tuition Before Considering a Student Loan If you’re considering financing your college education with the help of a student loan, the smartest thing you can do for yourself is to only borrow what you truly need. (This advice applies to pretty much all loan products, by the way.) Pursuing post-secondary education should be an exciting time in your life. You’re making decisions and opening up possibilities that will shape your future—a future that is adventurous and fulfilling and that decidedly does not include years and years of crippling debt. For many young adults, student loans serve as the first real experience with borrowing a large amount of money. It’s a steep learning curve for someone just starting out, and not understanding financial concepts like interest rates, loan terms and repayment schedules can quickly snowball into a very stressful and costly postgraduation experience. Although there are things you can do during your time as a student to soften the sting of student loan repayment (working parttime while in school and sharpening those budgeting skills are two solid strategies), why not get the process started even sooner? The following tips will take a bite out of your total education costs and reduce your dependence on outside financing—and they can all be put into action long before Orientation Day rolls around.

1) Do the Two-Step

(No, we’re not referring to the dance.) The college two-step means splitting your studies between two schools. You start by attending a more affordable institution for your general education courses, and then transfer to your school of choice to complete your degree (one example of this in practice is earning an associate’s degree at a community college and then transferring into a bachelor’s degree program at a university). This way, you save some money on introductorylevel courses and reserve the big bucks for the specialized instruction that comes in the latter half of your academic career.

2) Go for Extra Credit

Find out if there are any opportunities to earn college credits while still in high school. Beyond reducing college tuition costs, advanced college credit programs are an excellent way to explore your interests more seriously and to get a sneak preview of what your college workload will look like. If you’re already out of high school, find out if any colleges

or universities in your area offer summer courses at reduced tuition—that could be an alternative way to score some credits before the Fall semester starts.

3) Seek Out Scholarships

Apply for every form of scholarship, grant and tuition waiver that you’re eligible for. It’s never too early to start your scholarship search—reach out to your high school guidance counselor or the financial aid coordinator at the college you wish to attend. Visit scholarship search engines and online resources. Reach out to your current employer and your family members—you never know, there may be some form of tuition subsidy or grant opportunity available to you through an employer or alumni network. Be exhaustive in your search and approach each application with the same level of enthusiasm and optimism—even the smallest awards and prizes will add up. It’s free money, and it’s there for the taking.

4) Location Scout

Geography can play a significant role in determining your total education costs. A single school may have different tuition rates for in-state, out-of-state and international students. Generally speaking, staying in-state is usually the most affordable option—in addition to saving on tuition, you can also sidestep some of the larger expenses associated with studying abroad (like travel costs, meal plans and living in residence). Of course, there are plenty of nonfinancial incentives for studying abroad, but it’s important to understand just how much the location of your school will affect your bottom line.

5) Double Down

Some schools offer accelerated programs that enable you to complete a four-year degree in just three years. This is a great option to consider—that’s one less year of tuition to pay!—but bear in mind that you’ll be squeezing more classes into a shorter period of time. The intensive schedule might make it difficult to accommodate a job while you’re in school, for example, so weigh your options carefully before committing to a more ambitious schedule. ________________ The tips outlined above represent thousands of dollars of potential savings. Whether you’re a first-time student or a returning student, it’s in your absolute best interest to whittle down your education costs as much as possible before considering a student loan or alternative financing option. Your future self will thank you.

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Natural Spring Cleaning

You don’t need to go out and buy fancy cleaning products- you have what you need to clean about every stain and mark in your pantry. These cleaning solutions are organic and simple- the best options to use around pets and children. More importantly, they are tried and true effective solutions.

White Vinegar Stop Stinky Feet Soak your shoes insoles in a white vinegar and water solution and allow to dry. (Start at 60% water and work up to 40% water if still smelly!) Weed Killer Spray undiluted vinegar on top of garden weeds. Microwave Magic Place a cup of water with 1/4 cup vinegar in a microwave safe dish and set on high for 5 minutes. Wipe out microwave with a damp cloth.

Sparkling Glasses Add 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher and run as usual with detergent. Remove Showerhead Build-up Add a cup of vinegar to a plastic bag. Position the bag so that the showerhead sits in the vinegar. Soak overnight then remove the bag and turn on the shower to rinse.

Baking Soda Renew Tupperware Remove leftover food stains and smells from plastic dinnerware by soaking them in a solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water.

Freshen Furniture Sprinkle baking soda on to musty furniture and carpets; let sit for 15-30 minutes. Vacuum and enjoy the fresh smell! Remove Crayon Stains Use the baking soda as a paint-safe exfolitation for crayons on the wall. Create a paste and scrub gently with a sponge. Unclog a Drain scoop 1/2 cup of baking soda down your clogged or slow drain and pour 1/2 cup of vinegar after it. Quickly place a wet cloth on top to control the reaction. Rinse with warm water.

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As the region’s only parenting magazine, Growing Up in the Valley has become the most read magazine in the region thanks to the support that you and your school have shown us throughout the years. Over the five years that GUITV has been on the shelves, we have been to hundreds of events including MANY school carnivals, festivals and celebrations. In 2017, we are teaming with Blue Eagle Credit Union to bring this participation to a whole new level! With help from Blue Eagle, Growing Up in the Valley Magazine will make a larger impact this year by offering a great new program for schools and their PTAs to consider. Growing Up In the Valley and Blue Eagle Credit Union would like to provide your school our services as a Paparazzi style photo booth! We will set up and take pictures of your guests and publish a select amount in our pages, and publish all of them online at Your students will LOVE the fact that they will be seen in our pages and this activity will offer your PTA a free – hands off addition to your entertainment lineup! We will also provide promotional items at your event, a door prize and an appearance by our mascot Flutter! All courtesy of Growing Up In the Valley and our Community Partner, Blue Eagle Credit Union! Why are we doing this all for free? Growing Up In the Valley and Blue Eagle Credit Union believe in you and your kids. We want to help you succeed in raising and teaching the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. Teachers are one of the most important people in a child’s life and school is the foundation for their growth. We want to support that in every way we can. Contact us today to invite us to your event! 540-251-1660 -


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Success in City Schools Too often you hear that Roanoke City public schools are subpar. Citizen express worries about low graduation rates, sporactic test scores, over-crowded classrooms and overworked teachers and administration. But if you pay attention, you’ll see that our local public schools are winning awards, providing experiences for the students, and being recognized for excellence across the country!

Roanoke Public Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the country by the

NAMM Foundation for 5 years!

Opening night of James Madison Middle School’s production of Beauty and the Beast raised $3,500 for the Roanoke City Public Schools Education Foundation.

The Patrick Henry High School Forensics Team Placed THIRD In The State Finals.

Cindy Bohland of the Roanoke Governor’s School won the George Olmstead Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching.

Jehmel Greene of William Fleming High School took first place in prepared speech at the SkillsUSA state competition.

Reid Tenzer of Patrick Henry High School &the Roanoke Governor’s School won the Grand Prize Award at the Regional Science Fair held at Hollins University.

The Patrick Henry Symphonic Band visited NYC and performed in Carengie Hall.

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Kid Scientist changing the world one idea at a time.

Mendu’s spur for innovation came during a family trip to India where she witnessed firsthand the energy scarcity experienced in regions of the world far from her native Ohio. The family makes the visit every summer, and during this particular visit, as she experienced persistent blackouts, Mendu knew she had to do something about it. So she got to work. With an idea in her head, she found her opportunity to grow and develop it through the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The competition challenges students to create an innovation that solves a real-world problem affecting their global, national or local communities. By harnessing wind, solar and rain energy, she created a device that could provide energy in any rural or urban environment. Her early prototypes used recycled soda bottles hanging from a tree. She then attached solar panels

like leaves and while these prototypes looked simple, they actually captured energy - as much as 9 volts with her third prototype. Mendu recorded a twominute video describing the science behind her innovation. Judges evaluated her video based on her creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation, and liked what they saw. Mendu was named a competition finalist and paired with a mentor, 3M senior product development engineer Margaux Mitera, to further develop her project. The partnership with her 3M mentor ignited myriad new possibilities. “My mentor, Margaux was amazing and I learned so much about the process of innovation working with her. She truly exemplified how collaboration is key to success!” she remembers. With Mitera’s help, Mendu learned the four C’s of science: collaboration,

communication, creativity and critical thinking. Mendu and her fellow finalists all had the opportunity to present their projects before a panel of judges, including 3M scientists. When the competition was over, Mendu’s idea to deliver electricity to impoverished regions earned her the title of America’s Top Young Scientist. She’s still busy in the present, perfecting her design, so she can help impoverished people around the world as soon as possible. “Along the way I have learned so much about the process of innovation,” she says of the project. “Innovation is more than just a lightbulb moment, it’s about being creative, trying new approaches and learning from your mistakes. I’ve began to realize the truth in the saying, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” Mendu is dedicated to continuing her process of innovation for those who live every day without energy.

The 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

To enter, students in grades 5-8 must submit a one- to two-minute video describing the science behind their new innovation or solution to solve an everyday problem. The problem could be one experienced half a world away, as was the case with Mendu’s, or it could be one you encounter every day. The only limit to your scientific solution is your own imagination. Learn more about the 3M Young Scientist Challenge at

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• Pizza Pasta Pit 4 PM - 9 PM • 1 child per paid adult. Drink not included. 1713 Riverview Dr., Salem (540) 387-2885

• Jerry’s Family Restaurant 4 PM - Close • 6 & under, 1 child per adult meal purchase 1340 E. Washington Ave., Vinton (540) 343-4400

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On-Going Events:

Kid Yoga. 11 AM on first & third Saturday at the Life in Balance Center in Christiansburg. Join us for a relaxing yoga class aimed at children ages 5-9. Classes are $8 each. City Market Saturdays. Every Saturday at 11 AM through 2:30 PM at the City Market Building in

Roanoke. Head to historic downtown city market for fun each weekend with live entertainment, street performers, “how-tos”, and more. FREE Pscyhadelic Saturdays. 8 PM through 10 PM at the Launching Pad in Salem. Jump in lasers and black lights and turn up the beat! All ages are welcome, $17 per person.

Strawberry Fesitval May 5&6 Harry Potter Film Festival. Tuesdays, at Charter Hall in the Market Building.Watch all 8 Harry Potter Movies before the Roanoke Harry Potter Festival on May 13! Tickets are $5 per person. Kids Make Art. First Saturdays at 1 PM through 3 PM at Wetherill Visual Arts

Center, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. Kids Make Art is a once-a-month first Saturday program offering opportunities for the whole family to connect with art. Children require parent/guardian supervision at all times, and we encourage everyone to take part in the activities – adults and children alike! Local artists and educators design and lead artmaking projects and

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Go. Play. See. movement-based activities for participants of all ages. Kids Make Art is free and for the whole family. FREE Sensory Sensitive Sundays. First Sundays. 9 AM at Roanoke Chuck E Cheese’s. For children with autism and other special needs there will be reduced lighting and noise, food and games and trained staff on hand. For more details call 540989-8193

Elephant & Piggie’s We’re in a Play!Friday, May 5, 7 PM Saturday, May 6, 3 PM Sunday, May 7, 3 PM at Roanoke Children’s Theatre. A singing elephant? A dancing pig? That can only mean one thing! Mo Willems’ beloved and award-winning children’s books, Elephant and Piggie, are coming to the stage! In this brand new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant and Piggie explore the importance of friendship. Children and

adults alike will be dancing in their seats as this musical experience has them doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” all night long. Tickets start at $15, group discounts available. Please visit www. Family Fun Nights. The second saturday of every month at Amazement Square in Lynchburg. Families are invited to enjoy Family Fun Night at Amazement Square at 4:00 to 7:00 pm when admission is just $3. Family Fun Nightis made possible through the museum’s Sponsored Admission program. or (434) 845-1888 Art Gone Wild. May 20, June 20, July 26 and 28 at the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke. Does your child like animals? Does your child also like art? Why not combine the two together?!?

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This 2 hour class will give children the opportunity to use the zoo’s residents as inspiration for fun, colorful and unique art projects. Painting, 3-dimensional work and multi-media projects are just a few of the possible, critter-themed activities children will have a chance to participate in. Member: $15 | NonMember: $20. Classes for ages 6-9 and 8-12. 2nd Annual Roanoke Valley Spring Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show. May 26 through May 28 at Salem Civic Center. $5 per person for all three dats, children 16 and under are free with paid adult. Community School’s Strawberry Festival. May 5 & 6 at Elmwood Park in Roanoke. Help support Community School at their annual fundraiser. You can pre-purchase tickets,

Visit our full event calendar online at see the festival map and event schedule at www. roanokestrawberryfestival. com. FREE to attend.

Saturday | May 6 Star Wars Day. 10 AM at Amazement Square Children’s Museum in Lynchburg. At a children’s museum not so far away, a new hope appears: YOU! Shift your ship to hyper drive and come down to Amazement Square on May 6th for a day of all things Star Wars! Children of all ages will learn to harness the force as they train to achieve the title of Jedi knight. Full of exciting Star Wars crafts, games, and challenges, this event

will be full of fantastic STEM enrichment. You’ll be having so much fun that you won’t even know that you’re learning! Costumes are encouraged! Children tickets is $14, adult tickets are $9. Museum member discount is available. Contact us at 434-845-1888.

Thursday | May 11 Creole Story Pot: People, Culture, History. 6 PM at Roanoke City’s Main Library. Enjoy the rich Creole culture of New Orleans with Culinary Storyteller and Chef, Shawanda Marie, as she takes you on an exciting journey through the history of Creole food, traditions and the vibrant people of South Louisiana.


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Come and sample a featured authentic dish! All ages are welcome!

Friday | May 12 Roanoke Symphony Orchestra: My Fair Broadway. 7:30 PM at the Salem Civic Center. All Decades Prom. 7 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke. Come decked out in your favorite decade’s fashion. Light Hors D’oeuvres, Beer and Wine will be available. $20 per person. More information at PCA Presents, “The Sound of Music”. 6:30 PM at Parkway Christian Academy in Roanoke. 7th and 8th Grade students present, “The Sound of Music” Musical. Join us as Maria, the Von Trapp’s, and the rest of the cast put on this

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and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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1960’s classic, sure to please the entire family. $5 for admission to the play only; $10 for the play and dinner. Dinner includes Salad Bar, Baked Pasta, Chicken Parmesan, Baked Apples, Cheese Rolls, and a Dessert Buffet. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm in the PCA gymnasium.

Saturday | May 13 Gallop 4 the Greenways: 20th Anniversary. 9 AM at River’s Edge Sports Complex in Roanoke. Gallop 4 the Greenways is an annual fundraising event to support our growing network of pedestrian and bicycle trails. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission and Pathfinders for Greenways, we have added a new Adventure Triathlon to the annual Gallop 4 the Greenways, Kids’ Fun Run,

July 14

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Go. Play. See.

Playground Review >>>> Smith Park’s Playground is a hidden gem along Roanoke’s greenway. It’s tucked between Wasena Park and River’s Edge Sports Complex. Smith Park was recently renovated in the Fall of 2016 to upgrade its equipment. Wheelchair ramps, braille, a safety swing, and accoustic toys have been added to incude children of all abilities. Surrounded by mature trees and very little traffic, Smith Playground is a great park for a picnic or learning to ride a bike. When we moved to Roanoke in 2011, the beautiful trees and access to the Roanoke River quickly made Smith Park a family favorite. The only downside is that in bad weather, the greenway can flood and block access to the park.


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walk and after party. Home base will be at River’s Edge Sports Complex in the City of Roanoke. Stick around after the races for post-race festivities including music, food and a fine selection of beverages proper for adults and children. Mark your calendars today and join us in supporting one of the most important quality of life assets in the Roanoke Valley! Admission to the post-race party is absolutely free to the public, so invite family and friends to stay after and celebrate the Greenways and finishing your race or walk. Harry Potter Festival. 10 AM - 5 PM in Downtown Roanoke. Muggles & Wizards alike will be enjoying the Potter Festival downtown. There will be quidditch demos, Wizard Rock bands, feasts, yule ball, potion classes, wizarding world treats for sale (including butterbeer!) and much more! Tickets are required to participate in activities.

Monday| May 15 Barbara Martin & The Great Women of Jazz. 6 PM at Jackson Park Library in Roanoke. Join us for a night of live Jazz with Barbara Martin, as she shares from the Great Women of Jazz! This entertaining and educational program gives audiences insight into the lives, times and musical influences of such women as Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and others. Interspersed with anecdotes from the fascinating and colorful lives of these women are performances of the songs most representative of their musical styles at different points in their careers. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday | May 18 Salsa Under the Stars with Salsa Noke & DJ Jonny! 6 PM at Roanoke’s Main Library. Join Roanoke Public Libraries and Salsa Noke for a night of food, music, and fun! We will dance to Salsa, Bachata, and Meringue, with live music from DJ Jonny. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you can enjoy Salsa under the stars! FREE Darren Knight’s Southern Momma An Em Comedy Tour. 7 PM at the Salem Civic Center. Comedian Darren Knight aka Southern Momma is a social media celebrity. He’s been compared to Jeff Foxworthy, as the next star of redneck comedy. Mature Audience only: Must be 18+ Tickets start at $65.

Friday | May 19 Trace Adkins. 7:30 PM at The Salem Civic Center. Trace Adkins has roared back into 2016 with the release of Jesus and Jones, his first single with BBR Music Groups Wheelhouse Records. The anthem about walking the line between Saturday night and Sunday morning is an instant classic from a man with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. It is par for the course from Adkins, whose trademark baritone has powered countless hits and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The hit list includes Youre Gonna Miss This, Ladies Love Country Boys, Songs About Me, Every

Light In The House, Hillbilly Bone (Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins), and Just Fishin, to name a few. Tickets start at $30.50.

Saturday | May 20 Rockin’ Round The Clock with Under The Streetlamp. 7 PM at the Salem Civic Center. Under The Streetlamp will perform an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet – featuring recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys – delivers an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Mowtown, old time Rock ‘n Roll, and all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beatles, and a “show-stopping” salute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons! Tickets start at $38. Breakfast with the Animals. 8:30 AM at Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke. Breakfast with the Birds! Join us for breakfast and stay for some great conversation with a keeper about our feathered friends. When the chat is over, children will craft their own adorable bird companion and do an activity sheet designed to get the whole family exploring the zoo. Registration required. Members: $9 for Children/$12 for Adults/$35 for Family of 4 Non-Members: $12 for Children/$15 for Adults/$45 for Family of 4.

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4524 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke 540-989-6641 Ages: 3-18, Preschool, Private School K-12 North Cross School is an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory school that serves children from early childhood through twelfth grade. North Cross provides a rigorous academic curriculum, competitive with the best college-preparatory schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. While we explicitly recognize the importance of intellectual development and academic achievement, we also strive to promote personal integrity, empathy, and responsibility to self and community. Through this, our graduates will act as leaders in the local and global communities, persons of intellectual and moral courage, and scholars in the service of others.


2660 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke 540-524-2491 Ages: 2-5, Preschool Grandin Court Baptist Church Preschool partners with families to provide a high-quality learning environment and to begin fostering an understanding and appreciation of God’s presence in each child’s life. As a VA Quality participant, we achieve this goal by providing environments and student-teacher interactions which promote a child’s natural curiosity and we delight and encourage them in their discoveries.


2011 Brandon Avenue, SW, Roanoke 540-982-2254 Ages: 12 Months - 5 Yrs, Preschool Noah’s Landing Preschool offers Mother’s Morning Out (MMO) as well as classes for 2, 3, and 4 year olds (Pre-K). Space is limited due to small pupil/teacher ratio per class. Our program runs from Labor Day to Memorial Day from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday Thursday. We have an early drop-off at 8:30 am and an extended day Lunch Bunch program during the week until 1:00 pm for additional fees. Our philosophy of education is based on the belief that children learn and grow best through hands on experiences.






2660 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke 540-524-2491 Ages: 2-5, Preschool Grandin Court Baptist Church Preschool partners with families to provide a high-quality learning environment and to begin fostering an understanding and appreciation of God’s presence in each child’s life. As a VA Quality participant, we achieve this goal by providing environments and student-teacher interactions which promote a child’s natural curiosity and we delight and encourage them in their discoveries.

2660 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke 540-524-2491 2660 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke 540-524-2491 Ages: 2-5, Preschool HoneyTree Early Learning Centers is the leading Early Childhood Provider in the Roanoke Valley for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age. We are locally-owned and operated and have been serving generations of families since 1979. Expect your child to receive the best, quality educational experience. We hope to have the opportunity to provide you and your family with all the pieces for a happy, healthy childhood!

7507 Plantation Road, Roanoke 540563-1724 Ages: 2-5, Preschool HoneyTree Early Learning Centers is the leading Early Childhood Provider in the Roanoke Valley for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age. We are locally-owned and operated and have been serving generations of families since 1979. Expect your child to receive the best, quality educational experience. We hope to have the opportunity to provide you and your family with all the pieces for a happy, healthy childhood! 7815 Williamson Road, Roanoke 540-563-5036 Ages:3-14, Preschool, Private School K-8 Founded in 1971, Community School is an independent, non-profit institution. We provide education of the highest quality for children of all racial, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds. Community School provides a program that is unique in the Roanoke Valley and a rarity statewide, a haven for those who value experiential education over standardized test results. Our school nurtures children’s individual learning styles and fosters creative and analytical thinking. Our students develop personal responsibility for their education and a passion for learning.


3539 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke 540-362-1767 Ages: 2-5 Yrs Our purpose is to provide a warm, nurturing, yet challenging atmosphere in which children can learn and develop physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and creatively. We offer Lunch Bunch, Curbside Drop Off and Pick Up, Music, Weekly Chapel, Field Trips, Multiple Child Discount, and Referral Discounts.


4845 Cloverdale Road, Roanoke 540-977-0485 Ages: 2.5-11Yrs, Preschool, Afterschool Bonsack Preschool/After School is a faith based, developmentally appropriate program focused on Kindergarten Readiness for preschoolers, half and full day. After School Care for Bonsack, Cloverdale and Colonial Elementary Schools offered with priority on gym time, devotions, creativity and homework completion. Summer Camps available for both Elementary and Preschool


3743 Challenger Avenue, Roanoke 540-977-1282 www. Ages: Birth-12 Yrs, Preschool, Daycare, Afterschool We offer social development, preschool education, and after school enrichment for our community in a safe and engaging atmosphere. Our experienced and educated teachers foster and build upon children’s natural interest and curiosity to teach and engage them within their environment and surrounding community. Our curriculum builds upon the Virginia Foundation Blocks of Early Learning to fully prepare children to be successful upon entering Elementary School.


1530 Patrick Road, Roanoke 540-344-4730 Ages: 2-5, Preschool HoneyTree Early Learning Centers is the leading Early Childhood Provider in the Roanoke Valley for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age. We are locally-owned and operated and have been serving generations of families since 1979. Expect your child to receive the best, quality educational experience. We hope to have the opportunity to provide you and your family with all the pieces for a happy, healthy childhood!


4120 Challenger Avenue, Roanoke 540-798-6061 Private School: K –8 Roanoke Adventist Preparatory School (RAPS) has been offering quality Christian education at family-friendly prices in the Roanoke area for over 75 years. RAPS mission is to foster academic excellence, passionate spirituality and outstanding character in each student. Our school is a small classroom environment where students receive grade-level appropriate individualized instruction. RAPS is fully accredited and key learning standards are available by grade level. Tuition rates are highly competitive and scholarship opportunities are available.



1980 Electric Road, Salem 2111 Roanoke Road, Salem 540-769-2300, 540-344-6811 Ages: 2-5, Preschool HoneyTree Early Learning Centers is the leading Early Childhood Provider in the Roanoke Valley for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age. We are locally-owned and operated and have been serving generations of families since 1979. Expect your child to receive the best, quality educational experience. We hope to have the opportunity to provide you and your family with all the pieces for a happy, healthy childhood!


107 Corporate Blvd., Salem 540-387-1521 Ages: 1yr-Pre K, Preschool Salem Montessori School - Bringing Joy to Learning! Children are eager, spontaneous learners, curious about the world around them. The primary goal of a Montessori education is to help every child reach their full potential in all areas of life.


125 W. Main St., Salem 540-389-5144 FUMCWesleyanPreschool ( Facebook) Ages: 1yr-Pre K, Preschool “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52 This is the verse on which we base our preschool. Our State LIcensed Preschool’s purpose is to

3.We are affordable. A new source of aid can cut your tuition in half!

Research shows that children learn best in an environment that encourages them to explore, create, and discover without fear of making mistakes, or being teased. In a classroom at Salem Montessori School, children are encouraged to ask questions, develop ideas, and learn at their own pace. Learning is active and fun!

4. We prepare for what’s next. AP and dual-enrollment classes, 100% college acceptance rate, more than $3 million in scholarships.

Montessori educated children become self-confident young people, who face future challenges with optimism and who enjoy a lifetime love of learning!


1918 Washington Avenue, Vinton 540-890-7200 Ages: 2-5, Preschool HoneyTree Early Learning Centers is the leading Early Childhood Provider in the Roanoke Valley for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age. We are locally-owned and operated and have been serving generations of families since 1979. Expect your child to receive the best, quality educational experience. We hope to have the opportunity to provide you and your family with all the pieces for a happy, healthy childhood!

5. Individualized classes, endorsed teachers. From PreK-3 to Grade 12, our teachers hold valid Virginia certifications.


6. We nurture the whole student … with 26 middle school, junior varsity and varsity teams, plus Theater, Dance, Choir, Band, 3D Printing, and Visual Arts.


627 Westwood Blvd. NW, Roanoke 540-342-4716 Ages:3-5, Preschool Greenvale School’s mission is to provide affordable, accessible, top-quality, developmentally appropriate childcare and educational services for children of working parents, according to each family’s ability to pay. By promoting the highest standards of education and responsible behavior, Greenvale School’s program cultivates the growth of each child to his or her full potential. By providing a comprehensive range of services, Greenvale School supports parents’ efforts to build a secure and prosperous future for their families.


42 E. Main Street, Salem 540-389-4087 Ages: 18 Months -5, Preschool St. Anne’s curriculum is based on developmental learning and the Virginia Foundation Blocks of Early Learning. We are dedicated to the total development of each child; intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical. Our desire is that each child knows that he/ she is loved and accepted. Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 school year! Call today to register or schedule a tour!

1.We’re Catholic, but you don’t have to be Catholic. We reinforce your values: “blending learning with faith and faith with daily life.” 2 2. No SOLs! We focus on individual achievement, not standardized tests.

help your child grow cognitively, physically, spiritually , and socially/emotionally. We know that young children learn best through play, so all of our learning activities are planned to be educational and fun!



7000 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Wirtz 540563-1724 Ages: 2-5, Preschool HoneyTree Early Learning Centers is the leading Early Childhood Provider in the Roanoke Valley for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age. We are locally-owned and operated and have been serving generations of families since 1979. Expect your child to receive the best, quality educational experience. We hope to have the opportunity to provide you and your family with all the pieces for a happy, healthy childhood!

7. Uniforms! Save money and morning aggravations! Trust us … you’ll love it.


Slice of Life

Motherhood: Superhero Cape Optional I have decided that motherhood is one debilitating stroke after another. First, these children come into our lives as infants, and we fall in love. But then our beloved babies get sick and roll over and start crawling, walking and running and climbing. They put everything they find in their mouths and learn when you’re about to pee before deciding that now would be a good time to escape the house and parade around the neighborhood in their underpants and socks. And before you know it, these kids climb the steps of an enormous school bus on their way to kindergarten. Twelve years later, they climb down the steps, ask for the keys to the car, our signatures on the college loans, and if they can borrow our power tools. How do we survive? Super Powers. When our children are placed in our arms for the first time, we automatically develop x-ray vision. Two eyes grow in the back of our heads. Our hearing becomes so bionic that we can hear their thoughts. Our olfactory senses are so in-tune that we know when our children haven’t washed their hands after going to the bathroom — even when we’re two states away. Suddenly, we instinctively know when one of our blessings is eating day-old chicken nuggets off the floor of the van; or when our children are lying to us, even when they

I’ve often wondered how I knew to check on the boys when one was just about to jump out of the first floor living room window are looking angelic and holding a Bible. Or when they’re about to do something stupid, like trying experiments in the bathroom that require buckets, toilet water, and their brother’s head. I’ve often wondered how I knew to check on the boys when one was just about to jump out of the first floor living room window (“I wanted to see if I could do it!”) or to hold their hands tighter in a parking lot just before a car shot out of a space with no warning. I can sleep through tornadoes, but wake when one of them whimpers in his sleep because he has a bad dream.

Peg McGuire lives in Roanoke with her patient husband, Joe. Timothy and Charlie are their boys. For unknown reasons, they refuse to wear pants. Peg blogs at


Growing Up • May 2017

Now I know why. It’s because Super Powers are issued along with birth and adoption certificates. It’s not normal. We’re not normal. Each of us possesses a neurosis so profound that we should actively seek therapy. We don’t experience motherhood; we careen from one fearful moment to the next, doing our best to stay one step in front of our children’s stupidity. It’s exhausting. We should wear capes. And tiaras bedazzled with gemstones. And on Mother’s Day, we should gather in the wine aisle at the store and high-five each other for remaining sane.

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Growing Up In the Valley May 2017  

Volume 5, Issue 9

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