Sowers, Two Student Artists Recognized by School Board

The Clarke County School Board officially recognized three people on Monday night.

Ms. Caroline Sowers’s many years of service to Clarke County Public Schools students was honored. Two talented student artists were also recognized for capturing state-wide attention with their bus-art.

Caroline Sowers Retires

Retiring CCPS employee Caroline Sowers receives thanks from assistant superintendent Rick Catlett – photo Edward Leonard

“Caroline has meant everything to Boyce Elementary,” said assistant superintendent Rick Catlett at an award ceremony Monday night honoring Sowers 25 years of service. “Kids have always looked to you to soothe them and let them know that everything was alright. That will be sorely missed.”

Sowers joined Clarke County Public Schools as a food service worker but was quickly promoted to Boyce Elementary School’s floor manager in 1994. Catlett said that during her employment Sower has delivered over 1.1 million meals to students.

Boyce Elementary principal Susan Catlett’s written comments about Sowers – taken from a June 6, 2012 staff luncheon – were also shared with the School Board.

Student Artistry

Each year the Virginia Department of Pupil Transportation and Virginia Department of Education collaborate by sponsoring a bus-safety poster contest. The theme for this year’s poster competition contest was “Stand Back from the Yellow and Black”.

Claire Holmes, a 5th grade student at Boyce Elementary School, and Mary Russman, a 4th grade student at Boyce Elementary, both created winning posters for the competition.

Holmes won second place in Division II and received a ribbon and $75.00 from VAPT while Russman grabbed third place in Division II and will receive a ribbon and $50.00 from VAPT.

“We would like to thank Claire and Mary for their excellent artistic skills and willingness to ‘go the extra degree’ in being two of the 12 poster contest winners in the Commonwealth this year” said CCPS Director of Operations Randy Trenary.

The winning entries from each division are sent to Richmond for judging, with the winner’s art work being published in the Virginia Pupil Transportation calendar.

Claire Holmes, a 5th grade student at Boyce Elementary School, with Randy Trenary – Photo Edward Leonard

Mary Russman, a 4th grade student at Boyce Elementary, receives congratulations from Randy Trenary – Photo Edward Leonard

Comments

  1. DAWN PRICE says:

    I WILL HAVE TO SAY I KNOW NO ONE CAN FILL MRS. SOWERS SHOES . YOU SHALL BE MISSED . HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR FREE TIME

  2. Tammy Lanham says:

    Thanks CCHS for recognizing Mrs. Sowers for her dedication to so many students over the years! And way to go Claire and Mary!! WOW- two of 12 winners from Clarke! Hope to see your artwork sometime- maybe at the Fair?

  3. Tammy Lanham says:

    AAHHH! meant CCPS (typing too fast)