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News Archive - Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

Coach Gary Kessler Scholarship Established

Gary Kessler was a beloved teacher and coach.  He taught Mathematics and Physics for more than 30 years at Fishburne Military School and in Augusta County Public Schools, mainly at Wilson Memorial High School.  He coached Football, Wrestling, and was particularly passionate about Cross Country and Track and Field, leading teams to numerous District, Regional, […]

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For 27 years, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has chosen up to ten remarkable individuals each year from the public schools of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, to honor with the distinction of being named a Dawbarn Education Award winner, and what has grown over the years to become a $10,000 cash […]

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Augusta County Clerk Establishes Historic Records Fund & Online Access

Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court R. Steven Landes today announced that the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office and Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge have partnered to create the Augusta County Court House Historic Records Fund. The Clerk’s Office also announced a new digital online historic record archive portal for Augusta County […]

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Following the flash floods that occurred in the city of Staunton this summer, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge established its Staunton Flood Relief Fund to accept donations and bring some much-needed relief to residents dealing with the flooding aftermath at home. The Foundation partnered with the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, whose […]

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Like many parents, Sarah Mendonca knew the virtual and hybrid models adopted by public schools would be challenging for many students.  The potential for the achievement gap between students to widen this year was all too real. Mendonca, who is relatively new to the community, is an experienced teacher with a PhD in Educational Leadership.  […]

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Community Foundation Now Accepting Dawbarn Education Award Nominations

Nominations for the Dawbarn Education Awards are now open!  If you know someone in our community who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving education in Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County public schools, please nominate them before the December 20, 2020 deadline. The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is looking for ten esteemed […]

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The Community Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund Update

Shortly after the August 8 flash flood event in Staunton, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge established the Staunton Flood Relief Fund to support residents whose homes and belongings were affected by the flood. The outpouring of support has been incredible.  The Fund, for which the Foundation continues to receive donations, has grown […]

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Staunton Flood Relief Fund Established at Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has established the Staunton Flood Relief Fund for residents and homeowners in response to the flash flood that left catastrophic damage to our city, businesses, homes, and neighbors on the evening of August 8, 2020.   This is especially devastating during an already difficult time due to the […]

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$10,000 Awarded to Educators in Nelson County Public Schools

Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, Nelson County Public Schools virtually presented their 23rd Annual Smyth Education Awards to ten individuals recognized for their outstanding performance throughout the year.  Through a fund created by Gordon and Mary Beth Smyth, and managed by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the following individuals received a plaque and […]

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