Friends of Virginia's Governor's Schools Cap Day

Maggie Walker students at the General Assembly on Capitol Day
Fourteen of Virginia's 19 governor's schools made the commitment to come to Richmond to attend the Friends of Virginia's Governor's Schools (FOVGS) annual "Capitol Day" last Tuesday, January 18. Although snow and ice in northern and western parts of the state forced seven schools to cancel their trips, 70 FOVGS student, faculty, and parent volunteers spent the day meeting with their state senators and delegates, asking for their continued support of governor's schools, and learning about the legislative process.

Maggie Walker student participants included, for the third consecutive year, Charles Condro '11 and Eliza Scheibe '12, and for the second consecutive year, Catherine Emblidge '11 and Patricia Menges '11. Our first time student volunteers were Corinne Bowers '13 and Julia Stanley '13. All the students did a wonderful job explaining to our state lawmakers how Virginia's governor's schools are a unique and vital part of public education in the Commonwealth.

Maggie Walker faculty and staff members, Fred Morton, Wendy Ellis and Hal Waller joined student volunteers in educating our state leaders about the value our fine schools bring to the state. A special thank you goes to Mr. Phil Tharp for arranging bus transportation for all who attended this year's event.

Parent volunteers, without whom this annual event could not take place, included Roger Bowers, Jennifer Chambers, Kim Dwyer, Ben Lewis, Anne Napps, Jane Scheibe, Capitol Day Chair, and Trish Sigler, FOVGS Chair.

Maggie Walker students join Appomattox Regional Governor's School students to meet with Delegate Manoli Loupassi
For more information about Friends of Virginia's Governor's Schools or to get involved in this vital advocacy group, contact Trish Sigler trishsigler@comcast.net.