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By Doug Lambert

Hello to all! Here is hoping that the summer is going great for our children. I am sure time with family and friends, be it on vacation, at the pool, at work, or just hanging out is enjoyable.

I’d like to take this time to give a short update on items that your school system is working on to ensure a successful school opening.

Grant County Schools recently held a Safe Schools Summit at Petersburg High School. Law enforcement, public health officials, school board members, school administrators, teachers and community members were in attendance. Sheila Diaz, West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) coordinator, facilitated the gathering and was assisted by Stephanie Hayes, WVDE Coordinator of School Counselors.

Many topics and ideas were reviewed and discussed, ranging from mental health issues, school entrances, law enforcement, and state/local involvement. Additionally, and specifically appraised were the safe school plans along with strategies and upcoming professional development for Grant County Schools.

Dr. Glenn MolletteBy Dr. Glenn Mollette

The world celebrated the rescue of 12 Thai soccer boys from a flooded cave in Mae Sai, Thailand. We grieved over the loss of one brave man, Saman Kunam who sacrificed his life to deliver supplies to the trapped boys. Many of us watched the media reports fearfully, prayed and hoped for a miracle.

The deliverance of all 12 young boys at the hands of skilled divers was something we jointly cheered about. Reports have indicated that time was running out for them. More flooding was coming; oxygen and food were in dismal supply. Yet, reports are that 10,000 people participated in the rescue effort, including 2,000 soldiers, 200 divers and representatives from 100 government agencies.

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