By Dan Montgomery


The Wytheville Minnick School kitchen and five middle school classrooms are brighter, more colorful places to learn today, thanks to volunteers from the Wytheville Rotary Club and Fort Chiswell Middle School Honor Society.

Rotarians Billie Taylor, Mary Thomas and David Caulder (who nearly ended the day with blue hair, if the photo above is any indication), picked up and finished where Honor Society students Jayden Brown, Katie Alderman and Keily Monday left off.

The Rotary project was initiated by LFSVA’s Development Department. The student help came together when Keily Monday was looking for an Honor Society volunteer project. Keily’s mother, Heather Farmer, is an educational aide at Wytheville Minnick, so one thing led to another, says Tyler Eastep, Wytheville Minnick’s Building 10 principal.

“The overall success of our program lies in the hands of our community stakeholders and volunteers,” Eastep says. “Minnick is growing and, luckily, so is our community outreach. We are blessed to have Leah heading up so many projects across the region, and we are lucky to have staff who are actively supporting what we do and who we are in their community circles.

“People helping people. It’s pretty cool.”