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At the May School Board meeting, members of the Cumberland School Board recognized Lorraine Foster, the Student Liaison to the School Board, for her service during the 2016-2017 school year.

Lorraine Foster will be graduating from Cumberland High School on May 10, 2017, with her advanced studies diploma. She is the daughter of Curtis Foster and Kim Thurston-Foster of Cumberland. Lorraine will be attending Norfolk State University in the fall and plans to major in Nursing.

At the close of her final meeting, she thanked the School Board members for allowing her the opportunity to be part of the School Board. She also noted that she had learned a lot from the experience.

As the Student Liaison, Lorraine Foster (far right) joins other members of the School Board including
Ms. Ginger Sanderson (Chairperson), Dr. Amy Griffin (Superintendent), and Mrs. Eurika Tyree (Vice Chairperson).

At the May 8, 2017 meeting of the Cumberland School Board, Students of the Month were recognized:

  • Kaylah Paras, the daughter of Howard and Tiffany Paras of Cumberland, was presented as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. She plans to attend Brown University in Rhode Island in the fall where she will major in International Relations or Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend law school and become an attorney. 
  • John Jefferies, the son of John and Angela Jefferies of Columbia, was presented as the Salutatorian. He will be attending Virginia Tech and plans to major in Computer Science. His ultimate career goal is to become a software engineer and create operating software for a California company such as Apple, Microsoft, or Google.
  • Fifth grader Juniper Ludgate, the daughter of Pamela and Joshua Ludgate, was the Student of the Month for Cumberland Middle School. She says that when she finishes school, she aspires to become a farmer, specifically a produce farmer, but one who has lots of animals, including cows, horses, pigs, sheep, and goats.
  • Roger Jamerson, who is a first grader and the son of Roger and Crystal Jamerson, was presented at the Student of the Month for Cumberland Elementary School. He says he likes learning about history, reading, and playing outside. He said he looks forward to becoming a great reader and getting to read even bigger chapter books.


Students of the Month, from left to right, are: John Jefferies (12 th grade Salutatorian), Kaylah Paras (12 th grade Valedictorian), Juniper Ludgate (5 th grade), and Roger Jamerson (1 st grade).


In honor of Girl Scout Week, which is celebrated each March, the members of the Cumberland School Board recognized the local Girl Scout troops, including Troop 5201 Daisies and Brownies and Junior Troop 130 (4th and 5th grades). The Troops were commended for their impressive acts of community service, which included collecting water bottles and food donations for Backpacks of Love; volunteering at local churches; helping serve local law enforcement members, EMS volunteers, and firefighters with a dinner and recognition ceremony; donating toys and games to the Christmas Mother; decorating campsites at Bear Creek Lake State Park; raising funds to assist veterans in the area; and participating in Wreaths Across America. Mr. George Reid, long-time School Board member, commended the girls and told them “to keep doing what they do!”

Troop 5201 Brownies

Troop 5201 Brownies

Troop 5201 Daisies

Troop 5201 Daisies

Troop 130 Junior Girl Scouts

Troop 130 Junior Girl Scouts

Staff Member of the Month

The Cumberland School Board recognizes staff members at each meeting. At the March 13, 2017, meeting the School Board introduced Mrs. Mary Larson, who is the English Language Learner (ELL) teacher. While this is her first year at Cumberland County Public Schools, she has been a teacher for over seven years. Teaching was a second career for Mrs. Lawson, who spent twenty years in the business world before pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from Amberton University, and a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University.