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Boys Home hosts 5th Annual Harvest Hustle – 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon

Boys Home of Virginia will host their 5th annual fall fundraising event, the Boys Home Harvest Hustle 5K, 10K and half-marathon on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Boys Home is excited to celebrate this amazing milestone with the students, staff, and participants. 

In 2020, Boys Home was thankful to be able to host an in-person event, and with 138 participants, it was our biggest event yet. This event was a huge success and involved runners from all over the United States.  Plans are in place to add some special features to the program this year, such as more awards, more fun, and more food.

All three races will begin and end at the Intervale Trailhead of the Jackson River Scenic Trail, in Covington, VA. The event will offer aid stations along the race routes with mini pre-packaged water bottles and Gatorades available. T-shirts and participation medals will be available for all runners, as well as individual pre-packaged snacks and drinks before and after the race.

Awards for each race will begin approximately 30 minutes after the top three men and women racers cross the finish line. Top three finishers male and female overall and top three male and female in each age category will receive awards. Our age categories are: Under 12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

Race weekend schedule:

Friday, November 5  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Drive-thru packet pickup at Boys Home of  Virginia, 414 Boys Home Road, Covington VA.

Saturday, November 6 – 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Registration and packet pickup
                                        9:30 a.m. – Half-Marathon begins
                                        9:45 a.m. – 10K run begins
                                        10:00 a.m. –   5K run begins

Registration for the 5K is $30.00, 10K is $35.00, and the half-marathon is $50.00, with early-bird pricing available before September 15th.  We also offer discounts to running clubs and teams!

To register, or for more information, visit or call Melinda at (540) 965-7707.

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Boys Home of Virginia to Host Open House!

Boys Home of Virginia is excited to announce that they will be hosting an in-person Open House on Friday, October 1st from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All guests will enjoy a wonderful tour, lunch, and visit while getting a glimpse of what campus life is like for Boys Home residents. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend!

For any questions or to RSVP, please contact Melinda at 540-965-7707 or via email at Please RSVP by Friday, September 24!

photo of Boys Home campus with text regarding Open House details

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Boys Home School Kicks Off 2021-2022 School Year

Boys Home of Virginia is proud to share that the start of 2021-2022 academic year at Boys Home school began July 19, 2021.

Director of Education Teresa Johnson shared that the school is in its fourth year. The staff has been working diligently during the summer months to ensure that the students are prepared to start the new school year on the right foot with special tutoring sessions held prior to the start of the first day of classes.

Students eagerly anticipate the new school year as it signals a return to normalcy. This time of year brings with it a renewed sense of family and structure as students return to campus from visiting home, summer camps, and various camping trips.

“We look forward to the start of the school year,” said Executive Director Donnie Wheatley. “I am proud of our school. The level of educational support the students receive is designed to meet them where they are when they arrive at Boys Home and propel them to where they need to be and beyond.”

Johnson added that the school has added two new teachers this year, a Reading Specialist and an elementary teacher. They bring with them a level of expertise that will enhance the educational opportunities for the students. In addition, some Boys Home students will be dually enrolled in college-level courses for the 2021-2022 school year.

“As we transition back to school and a more normal reality, we are looking toward the future of Boys Home, the school, and the success stories that our students are writing for their lives,” stated Wheatley.

For more information about Boys Home contact our offices at (540) 965-7700. To donate, please visit

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Boys Home Welcomes Kya Williams

Boys Home of Virginia is proud to announce the addition of Kya Williams as a houseparent. Ms. Williams brings with her vast knowledge having earned an associate degree in graphic design, a welding certificate, and having worked as a teacher’s aid for Alleghany County public schools.

“Working at Boys Home has been very rewarding,” explained Williams. “I enjoy helping the Boys here on campus and being there for them when they need emotional support and guidance.”

Williams’ hobbies include painting, cooking, and playing video games. She utilizes those skills to engage with the residents of Boys Home by teaching them skills in the kitchen or challenging them to a Fortnite tournament.

“I love that I have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of these young men,” stated Williams. “I am able to share my personal experiences with them and teach them skills that I hope will be beneficial to their future.”

For more information about current openings at Boys Home, please visit

To give to Boys Home, please visit

Girl standing next to Boys Home sign

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30th Anniversary of the Boys Home P. Buckley Moss Print Raffle

For 30 years, P. Buckley Moss has donated a print for Boys Home of Virginia to raffle. This year’s print is entitled Autumn on the Farm #7 and is valued around $200.00 framed.

Patricia Buckley Moss, an American artist, was born in 1933 on Staten Island in New York. She moved with her husband and children in 1964 to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. She became captivated by the life and culture of the Amish and Mennonite people of the area. She embraced the local landscapes, lifestyles, and traditions and felt that the life and culture she was part of held an important message for modern society: live simply and enjoy every moment!

The print was framed by Loving Frame & Art located in Covington. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 10 for $45.

Boys Home will draw a winner on October 29, 2021. Please fill out and return the attached form. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Boys Home Development Office at 540-965-7707, email Melinda Nichols at

All raffle entries must be received by October 27. All proceeds directly benefit the programs at Boys Home. Best of luck winning this beautiful print!

Painting of a barn in a field    Raffle ticket form for Moss Print