2018-6-15

Jackson-Feild Holds its 20th Commencement Exercises

Eleven students from the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School received their GED certificate on June 8th.  Forty students received their ServSafe food certificate and 8 the culinary certificates.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at the Southside Virginia Community College Emporia Campus. 

Two graduates spoke to those gathered about their experience at Jackson-Feild and at the on-campus, Gwaltney School. The express thanks and gratitude for the help and assistance they received from everyone at Jackson-Feild.

One student speaker concluded her remarks stating “Every day at Jackson-Feild I got closer to God and discovered God within me.  Maybe it is because just being in the middle of nowhere surrounded by  trees and animals, or the positive energy on campus but I believe it is the people who brought me closer, I hold Jackson-Feild very dear to my heart for opening a bright new world.”

Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college or trade school expenses. These scholarships were given by a number of funders.

Each graduate is given a class ring donated by an anonymous donor. Young ladies are also given a dozen roses and young men a wallet in addition to a cash gift from an anonymous donor. Graduates are also given gift certificates from the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

The Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild has graduated 177 students since its founding in 1998.

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"Ode to the Fathers"

Now some will call him Father
while others call him Dad
still some call by his first name
but wish they never had.
 
Yea a father is an elite position
and should be treated with respect
in the same thought all the fathers
should never show neglect.
 
A father witll get the credit
for the children he helped bear
still a fathers not a gather
if when needed, he's not there.
 
The duties of a father
can make a list from here to there
yet the most improtant aspect
is for raising the chores to share.
 
In the home life a father is needed
around the campfire so to speak
solving problems before they materialize
and ever reach their peak
 
Now if in the aforementioned
youcome close in any way
yor are definetly a father
so please enjoy your special day.
 
Roy E. Schepp

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