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Food for Thought Winner 2015Cumberland County Public Schools was one of six school divisions across the state to receive Food for Thought Awards. Food for Thought is a friendly competition that was created in 2012 to educate, engage, and empower student leaders to address childhood hunger and provide all students in Virginia with healthier, more nutritious school meals. The competition was divided into three separate categories: Healthy School Meals, Meal Access to Fight Hunger, and Wellness and Physical Activity.

Winning divisions were recognized by Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe at the Virginia School Boards Association Conference on Education, which was held in Richmond, on July 21, 2015. This year Cumberland County Public Schools was the winner in the Meal Access to Fight Hunger (for schools with a population below 10,000 students). Last year the division won the Well and Physical Activity award, and the previous year the division won in the Healthy School Meals category.

Dr. Amy Griffin, Superintendent, accepted the award on behalf of the School Division. School Board members recognized this accomplishment at the August 10, 2015, meeting.

Mr. Juandiego Wade (VSBA President), Dr. Chip Jones (Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations), Dr. Amy Griffin (Superintendent), Mrs. Dorothy McAuliffe (First Lady of Virginia), and Mr. George Reid (CUCPS School Vice Chairman).

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DSC 0019Each month, the Cumberland School Board recognizes a member of the community for providing service to the school and community. Mr. Charlie Whalen was recognized at the August 10, 2015, meeting. Mr. Whalen is the new Park Manager at Bear Creek Lake State Park.

From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Whalen served in the U. S. Air Force, where he worked as a Security Police Office in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After leaving the military, Mr. Whalen worked with his father in a family owned construction company while studying biology at Christopher Newport University. Mr. Whalen found his calling in parks system in 2004 with Hampton City. He started as a Park Ranger Aide and advanced to become a Senior Ranger. He left Hampton for an opportunity to help start a park ranger program for James City County. In 2008, Mr. Whalen joined the DCR family as Chief Ranger at James River State Park. In 2010, he transferred to First Landing State Park, where he became Assistant Park Manager in 2012.

Mr. Whalen has a 21-year-old daughter and currently lives with his wife, Rebecca, and their two dogs at Bear Creek State Park in Cumberland.



Mr. Charlie Whalen receives a certificate of recognition from the Cumberland County School Board.



New Park Manager for Bear Creek Lake State Park addresses the Cumberland County School Board at the August meeting.

Cumberland Middle School students in Mrs. Atkinson’s sixth grade science class studied water and created presentations for students at the elementary school. Groups presented information on various water topics, including the following: water as a compound, water as a polar molecule, water as a universal solvent, adhesion and cohesion, high surface tension, high specific heat, water cycle, water composition, and floating property of ice. Three students gave their presentation on the floating property of ice at the May meeting of the School Board.

Photo: Devondre Holman, Kasaan Evans, and Jordan Smith gave a presentation to the Cumberland School Board on one of the properties of water.

A group of Cumberland High School students traveled to Puerto Rico during Spring Break. The trip, which lasted from April 7, 2015, to April 11, 2015, was planned and coordinated by Spanish teacher Myrna Barr. Students shared their experiences with the members of the School Board at the May meeting.

Photo: Students and faculty members attending the May School Board meeting to share highlights of their trip included Mrs. Courtenay Kelly (history/social sciences teacher), Holly Tillett, Kayla Paras, Caylor Scales, Mrs. Wendy Tillett (middle school principal and parent), Gracie Talbert, and Mrs. Myrna Barr (Spanish teacher and trip sponsor).