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News Archive - Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

Community Foundation Celebrates 30 Years

A photo gallery exploring issues of local housing insecurity had its inaugural public presentation at The Wayne Theater Wednesday, June 9th. A collaboration between the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and freelance photographer Kate Simon, this project delves into issues such as homelessness and the community’s need for more attainable housing through a […]

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CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 2022 DAWBARN EDUCATION AWARDS

This week, the team at the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge made surprise visits to several of the public schools in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County to notify and celebrate this year’s ten Dawbarn Education Award recipients. Superintendents Dr. Bond, Dr. Cassell, and Dr. Smith were in attendance, along with school principals, peers, […]

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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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2021 DAWBARN EDUCATION AWARDS

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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DISTRIBUTIONS TO BE MADE FROM STAUNTON FLOOD RELIEF FUND

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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ONLINE TUTORING NETWORK PREPARES FOR LAUNCH

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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