Boys Home staff and students are excited to recognize Dennis Calhoun’s twenty-year work anniversary. He currently serves as the lead student advisor. During his twenty years, Dennis has served as a team leader, case manager and student advisor. Dennis has an undergraduate degree from Appalachian Bible College in theology and a master’s degree from Liberty University in seminary. Prior to Boys Home, he worked in residential childcare for ten years at a children’s home in Pennsylvania. In addition, he served in the Army National Guard for six years.
Dennis’ previous experience has served him well in his role at Boys Home. He states, “My military experience allowed me to see the value in discipline, a need for clear expectations and the reason for high standards. I quickly found that the mission of Boys Home is something I can invest in and use as my personal mission. I focus on character development with the students we serve.” Dennis was asked what he enjoyed most about his current role. “I enjoy the meaningful student relationships and seeing individuals positively progress while at Boys Home. I have a love for camping and fishing. I like to share that passion with the students.” Dennis’ values align with the Boys Home mission of helping students become productive members of society by developing their spiritual, mental, physical and social potentials. Congratulations, Dennis!
Boys Home staff and students are excited to announce Dr. Monroe Farmer’s five-year work anniversary. He serves as an Ecology and Earth Science teacher at the Boys Home School. Monroe served in the Marine Corps and retired from the Army as a colonel. After his military career, he pursued a career as an optometrist and owned his own practice for thirty years. In addition to his education as an optometrist, he holds a degree in forestry. He came to Boys Home in 2017 to tutor several biology students and was impressed with the Boys Home mission. Monroe felt called to stay.
He states, “My military career has served me well at Boys Home. I know firsthand the importance of young men needing rules, discipline and structure. I have had several of the same students since I arrived in 2017 and watching them succeed over the last five years has given me great joy. I believe in the Boys Home program.” As a teacher and a mentor, Monroe helps to uphold the Boys Home values of respect, integrity, a Godly life and accountability. These values help to develop and strengthen the students the program serves daily. Congratulations, Monroe!
Boys Home staff and students are excited to announce Lorraine “Susie” Keller’s five-year work anniversary. She serves as a full-time teacher and student testing coordinator. Susie is passionate about education and has worked in the field for many years. Prior to Boys Home, she worked in the Alleghany County Public School System for over twenty-five years. Susie was asked about what motivated her to choose education as a career path. She stated, “In 7th grade, my teacher Mrs. Diane Laws, inspired me to want to be an educator. She was my mentor, role model and someone I admired. I saw that she changed the lives of her students, built individual bonds and gave them every opportunity to learn.”
Susie was also asked what she enjoys most about her current position. She stated, “I have built a great rapport with my students. We may not agree on everything, but we respect each other’s opinions. My philosophy for my classroom is ‘we are all in this together and we will succeed together.’ I am thankful for the opportunity to work with such a supportive administrator, great co-workers and an excellent work environment at the Boys Home School. I am excited to see how much we will learn together as the school year continues.” Susie is known for her outgoing personality and bright smile around the Boys Home community. She helps to live the Boys Home vision of a community that inspires young men to positively impact those around them. Congratulations, Susie!
Boys Home of Virginia is hosting its 2023 Quilt Raffle. Don’t miss an opportunity to win such a beautiful piece of art! As in previous years, this quilt was made and donated by Phyllis Gibson of Waterford Township, MI. A lovely Trip Around the World quilt pattern done in neutral beige, brown and black colorways will accent any queen-sized bed in your home!
Tickets are $5.00 each or 10 tickets for $45.00. The drawing will take place on Friday, May 12, 2023. All proceeds benefit Boys Home of Virginia. To purchase tickets, cut out and mail in the attached form, visit www.boyshomeofva.org or call Melinda at (540) 965-7707. Best of luck winning this unique quilt!
Boys Home students pose with Library Media Teacher Darilyn McGraw from Mountain View Elementary School.
Boys Home has received over 3,000 books, games, posters and educational resources from Mountain View Elementary School. At the beginning of each school year, teachers sort through materials from the previous year. Items they are not using often get stored in the school’s library. Library Media Teacher Darilyn McGraw wanted to make sure the items were used to benefit other children. The school already had a connection to Boys Home through Mr. Howard Nicely, the school’s gym teacher. His wife, Renada Nicely, is a driving instructor at Boys Home.
Darilyn stated, “The principals and I discussed ways to save the books and other items from being put in storage or discarded. What better way to reutilize the books and items than by giving them to another school in our community? I am delighted that our donation will help more students be successful!” Boys Home is grateful for the donation and looks forward to finding a use for the items with the students we serve daily. Mountain View Elementary School matches the vision of Boys Home, and that is to be a community that positively impacts those around them. Thank you, Mountain View Elementary School, for your kindness to the students at Boys Home of Virginia.