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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, May 4, 2017 Wise County eighth graders participate in Reality Store On Tuesday, April 4, over one hundred eighth graders in Wise County participated in a Reality Store, a financial simula- tion to teach students about personal accounting, finan- cial responsibility and life choices. The activity is a partnership between United Way of Southwest Virginia and Wise County 4-H, and was hosted in the banquet hall on the campus of UVA Wise. One of the eighth grade students, Dallas Meade, approached the "S.O.S." table to obtain a second job stating, "I'm looking for something on the week- ends, so I can keep my original job and still spend time with my wife." As a part of the simula- tion, students were assigned a job and a salary commensurate with that job. The students were told information about their life status, including whether or not they were married or single, and whether or not they had children. The stu- dents then made purchases of essential life items at various stations, including taxes, utilities, real estate, groceries, clothing, insur- ance, personal care, vehi- cles, child care, charitable donations, and entertain- ment. Students were responsible for making purchases at each station that best fit their income, then balanced their check- books. Upon completion, they assessed their deci- sions and financial status. Meade completed the entire reality store and said, "I made $3,494 a month as an accountant, and I was married with no kids. My wife was a gardener and I picked up a second job on the weekends. The cost of groceries surprised me - they cost me $543 a month for two people, which is expensive, especially when you get the name-brand stuff." Amy Webb, Math teacher at L.F. Addington. Middle School, said, "I worked the grocery station for students. Several stu- dents were wanting to buy from the liberal part of the grocery list. After I started tallying how much it was going to cost them, I barely got past them and their spouse before they were already saying, 'Okay, no I can't afford that. What's another option for me?' A lot of times, our students decided that they wanted to go down to the low-cost option because they could better-afford it. Before this experience, they don't see how money plays into the real world, so this really helps to put things into per- spective for them." Meade said, "The expe- rience was extremely help- ful. I'm happy to say that there are a lot of things that I learned, or that I know I should learn in time, and it was very fun." The project involved local students, teachers, 4- H employees, and several volunteers, including some college students and 4-H volunteers, who ran the sta- tions around the gymnasi- um on the campus of UVA Wise. Kate Hibbitts, retired Southwest Virginia educa- tor turned full-time volun- teer, said, "I think this experience is a big awak- ening for them - groceries, childcare, taxes. They want to buy the fun things first, so I think it's a wonderful reality check - even for some of the volunteers." The hands-on, real life simulation gave young people the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those adults face on a daily basis. Chris Branham, one of the participating students, said, "I enjoyed learning about going into adult- hood, because when you're a kid, you never really think about the expenses in life. I really had fun learn- ing about all the stuff you have to take care of when you're older." In addition to the reality store experience, hosting the event on the campus of UVA Wise has been anoth- er experience in itself. Hibbitts said, "I think the opportunity to come on a college campus is such a big opportunity for some- one who is thirteen years old. You know, they live here, they drive by here, but very few of them have been inside the buildings. I just think the total package of the day, on a college campus, is worth it." Health Wagon in Wise May 16-25 The Health Wagon will be coordinating a no cost massive health care out- reach on May 16-25, 2017 at the Wise County Fair Grounds in Wise, Virginia. This event is made possible by the United States Army Innovative Training (IRT) group. The event serves as a dual mission of giving soldiers hands-on experi- ence while providing Calendar health care services to underserved communities. Some of the many services that will be offered are: complete eye exams, pre- scription glasses, dental fillings, extractions, clean- ings, veterinary services including immunizations and spaying and neutering for cats and dogs under 70 pounds, and medical care provided by health care providers. Please note that all animals will need to be brought on a leash or in a pet carrier. These services are open to everyone in the community. Services will be provided from 8am- 4:30pm daily on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call the Health Wagon at 276-328- 8850. From Page 1 "to learn, to share and to perpetu- ate family history." William T. Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- jr1942@ yahoo.com. JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, EO. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All gneet- ings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Se~ices representative will assist clients and "answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER- The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495-8473. FREE H1V TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free ,confi- dential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- 1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at. the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offer- ing free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in' Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more infor- mation, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Altemative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. NARCONON reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit www.narcononnewlifere- treat.org/blog/naloxone-avail- ability.html to learn about the overdose reversing drug known as naloxone and find out its availability in your state. ADDICTION SCREENINGS Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754 AMERICAN LEGION POST # 208 welcomes new members. If you served on active duty in the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves then you should be eligible to join us. You are not required to have served over- seas or have seen actual com- bat. Contact us at American Legion Post # 208, P.O. Box 1261, Lebanon, VA 24266 with your name, address and phone number. Transfers are welcome. If you find a fawn, leave it alone It's that time of year again when white-tailed deer fawns are showing up in yards and hayfields, and concerned citizens want to know how to help. In almost all cases, the best way to help is to simply give the fawn space and leave it alone. Concerned people sometimes pick up animals that they think are orphaned. Most such "orphans" that good-inten- tioned citizens "rescue" every spring should have been left alone. Most wild animals will not abandon their young, but they do leave them alone for long periods of time. Fawns, born from April through July, are purposely left alone by their mothers.. Female deer, called does, stay away from the fawns to avoid leading predators such as dogs or coyotes to their location. The whitE- spotted coat camouflages a fawn as it lies motionless in vegetation. Young fawns are "hiders" and will not try to run away when they are approached. Does will return several times each day to move and/or feed their young. You probably will not see the doe at all since she only stays to feed the fawn for just a few minutes before leaving it alone again. If less than 24 hours have passed since a fawn has been "rescued," the fawn should be taken back and released at the exact same location where it was found. If a wild animal has been injured or truly orphaned, do not take mat- ters into your own hands. You may locate a licensed wildlife rehabilitator by calling the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' (DGIF) toll-free wildlife conflict helpline at 1-855-571- 9003, 8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday through Friday or visit the DGIF website at: https://www.dgif.virginia.g ov/wildlife/inj ured/rehabil- itators/. Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a DGIF wildlife rehabilitation permit. Each ! animal's nutritional, hous- ing, and handling require- ments are very. specific and must be met if they have any chance of survival. With even the best profes- sional care possible, the survival rate. of rehabilitat- ed fawns and many other animals is very low. More than 50% of fawns brought to rehabilitation facilities die before being released due to injuries they come in with and unavoidable physical stress during the rehabilitation process. Of those fawns that are released, a very small per- centage survives the first year in the wild. The best advice for someone who wants to help wildlife is to keep it wild. Once people interfere, we reduce the opportunity for animals to receive natural care and we increase the risk of harm- ing our wildlife heritage. For more information, please visit the following website about keeping deer wild: http://www.dgif.vir- ginia.gov/wildlife/deer/kee ping-deer-wild/. Breaking new ground Agricultural producers are reminded to consult with FSA and NRCS before breaking out new ground for production pur- poses as doing so without prior authorization may put a producer's federal farm program benefits in jeop- ardy. This is especially true for land that must meet Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provi- sions. Producers with HEL determined soils are required to apply tillage, crop residue and rotational requirements as specified in their conservation plan. Producers should notify FSA as a first point of con- tact prior to conducting land clearing or drainage type projects to ensure the proposed actions meet compliance criteria such as clearing any trees to create new cropland, then these areas will need to be reviewed to ensure such work will not risk your eli- 'gibility for benefits. Landowners and operators complete the form AD- 1026 - Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification to identify the proposed action and allow FSA to determine whether a referral to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for further review is necessary. Copper Creek Elementary School news by Addrienne Robinson Copper Creek Elementary School stu- dents performed in their Spring Musicals prior to Spring Break. Our Pre-K classes program was enti- tled "Celebrate Spring" and they did an awesome job! Parents and grandpar- ents were very p[oud to see them. Kindergarten classes also had a full house to watch their performance of "We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands" which covered many of their Science SOLs about the lifecycles of plants and animals and celebrating Earth Day. All students did an amazing jobt Students at CCES have been happy to be in school following Spring Break. A special thank you to all who helped make the Easter festivities and Egg Hunt a success. The stu- dents had a great time. Pre-K classes are wind- ing down the school year and have enjoyed a year of fun and learning. They are now reviewing skills and preparing for Kindergarten. Many Pre-K students have graduated from Level 1 of ABC Mouse in the Technology Lab and ready to move ahead! Kindergarten classes all have enjoyed learning about lifecycles and how the incubation process works. Mrs. Crystal and Mrs. Heather's classes had baby chicks to hatch and Mrs. Jeanne's class is still waiting for theirs to hatch. Students came back to school following Spring Break and welcomed six baby ducks in Mrs. Amanda's kindergarten class. Tadpoles in each of the classes were also ready to be released into the pond on the Naturalistic Playscape as they were now tiny frogs. Kindergarten has been a very exciting place the last six weeks. Students at CCES are looking forward to learning more about plants using the green- house in the next week Copper Creek Elementary students have worked hard on the cam- paign for the Children's Miracle Network and sold hundreds of balloons. All of them are anxiously awaiting to see if we have surpassed our goal!! This has been a great service project for our child'i'en and we appreciate all the sup- port that has been given to this wonderful charity. Our students, parents and school community have been very generous. Tanner Lawson in Mrs. Jeanne Patrick's classroom was the high seller for our Nestle Candy Fund Raiser. Tanner sold5 boxes! He was the winner of $50.00. Thank you to all our stu- dents who participated in this fundraiser.It was a great success l Both Pre-K and Kindergarten classes will be taking their field trips in the upcoming week and are looking forward to the many spring activities coming up as we end the school year. Subscribe to the Times Call 276-762-7671 .................... ...... ........ ~ ...... ~. , ~.. ~ ............... ~ ~:~:::::::,~ :::~ .......... . .............. ~ , ~ ............. ............. . ....... ............. ......... ......... St. Paul Recrecttion Rooms, 16550 Tozewell Street Cash Prizes! Concessions! Bring-A-Friend Discount! Doors open at 5:oo PM. Games start at 6:00 PM. Proceeds fund The Lyric Project ....... ~::~ .............. StPaulMainStreet@g mail.corn ............... Ot