Boys Home of Virginia is excited to welcome Patty Anderson to the teaching staff. Patty graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Education degree. After college, she taught in York County for 10 years. Patty then transferred to Alleghany County where she taught for 22 more years. Boys Home principal Teresa Johnson recently asked Patty if she would be interested in tutoring some of the students. Patty agreed and quickly fell in love with the students at Boys Home. She says she feels this is her calling, and she finds it is very rewarding. Patty says her favorite thing about Boys Home so far is that she believes she can truly teach the students and take her time in doing so. If they don’t understand something, she can stop and help. Patty hopes to make a difference in the students’ lives by helping them learn and encouraging them to feel good about themselves while they learn!
Another addition to the Boys Home staff this year is Jason Bush. Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. After college, Jason worked for a structural engineering firm, but he recently decided to change his career path. This summer, on a mission trip to Uganda with Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, Jason met three Boys Home students and two staff members. They told him about Boys Home and he was quickly intrigued. After the trip, he visited Boys Home and was soon eager to begin work on campus. Jason is currently working as a houseparent and soccer coach. He says his favorite thing about Boys Home is the sense of community. Jason looks forward to seeing the students grow in character and become men of faith.
Lastly, Boys Home is thankful for new staff member Jacy Burdette. Jacy recently graduated from UVA Wise with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a concentration in directing. Jacy has been hired to teach language arts, theatre, and drivers’ education. She says she truly feels that Boys Home is where she should be. Jacy grew up in Alleghany County, and she remembers visiting the Boys Home campus to attend YMCA programs and to participate in the Boys Home fishing days. So far, Jacy’s favorite aspects of working at Boys Home are witnessing the potential of each student and being able to offer them a chance to try something new. Jacy feels she can really make a great impact at Boys Home and she looks forward to planting seeds and seeing the wonderful outcomes.
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Boys Home student, Ben Commue was the first place winner for the VFW Patriot’s Pen Award. He received a certificate and monetary gift. This is Ben’s second consecutive year placing first for this award! Ben also received third place at the district level and will earn an additional monetary gift! Congratulations Ben!
Anita Proffitt is pictured with Alfred Paxton of the VFW. She was one of four finalists for the VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. She received a certificate and a monetary gift. Congratulations Mrs. Proffitt! Thank you for all you do for Boys Home!
Ricky May, a native of Covington, VA, has found an exciting way to give to Boys Home during the Christmas season.
Ricky is a sales consultant at Magic City Auto Group located in Covington, VA. He recently contacted Boys Home and shared the news that he would like to donate $25 for every vehicle he sells between now and December 20.
Ricky May and his wife, Ann, have supported and been connected with Boys Home for years, but he felt this would be an interesting and enticing way to give back to the community during the holidays.
If you’re considering purchasing a vehicle this holiday season, drop by Magic City Chevrolet Buick GMC at 345 Thacker Avenue and talk with Ricky. Boys Home is grateful for his support and that of the Alleghany Highlands community as we endeavor to give these young men a second chance at success.
Pictured left to right: Ricky May, sales consultant and Eric Nichols, sales manager
On Friday, December 14, all are invited to Boys Home to join in the Christmas Spectacular! Starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Boys Home gym, the Christmas Spectacular will be an event for the whole family, including games, crafts, singing, dancing, and the play “A Christmas to Believe In.” Admission is free.
Almost half of all the Boys Home students and a number of staff members are participating in the Christmas Spectacular as actors, singers, dancers, and stage hands. Under the guidance of new English and Drama teacher Jacy Burdette, students are building confidence as they act, speak, sing, and dance on stage and in front of their peers. Behind the scenes, students and staff have been busy designing and building sets, making costumes, making props, and otherwise brightening up the stage. Please join the Boys Home community for a fun evening supporting their hard work!