T. Clay Wood’s 92nd Birthday

Today I attended T. Clay Wood’s 92nd birthday celebration which was held at T. Clay Wood Elementary School with the school staff and the Nokesville Ruritans.  Channel 4 News was there and interviewed Mr. Wood.  He said he was amazed to see 2 schools where his family once farmed almost 100 years ago.

It is so nice to see the school embrace their namesake and to see community groups like the Ruritans embrace our new schools.  Mr. Wood talked about growing up on the farm and his 24 years serving on the school board.  Having served over 3 years myself, I have to applaud him for the many years of dedication.  During his terms on school board, he saw incredible growth in PWC although it was on the eastern end of the county way back then.  He is also the board member who had to foresight to bring a high school out to the western end (Brentsville).  Because of his dedication to students and his commitment to building schools back in the 60’s, he is a personal inspiration to me.

T. Clay’s Principal, Mr. Buchheit has been working hard to get the school ready for students. When the children arrive in September they will be stepping into a beautiful modern school with almost 100 years of history behind it.  Congratulations Mr. Wood and Go Timberwolves!

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Blog-Ruritans and Our Schools

Had the pleasure last night of meeting with the Ruritans, a group of men and women dedicated to making the Nokesville/Bristow community better.  I was impressed by their relationship with area schools in addition to their other philanthropic activities.  They’ve had a longstanding relationship with Cedar Point ES and more recently T. Clay Wood ES, which is especially fitting since Mr. T. Clay himself is a  member (with a 63 yr. perfect meeting attendance record I was told).  They are expanding this partnership to include Marsteller MS and Nokesville ES.   As I sat there last night, I realized that 3 of the best things my family loves about living here are directly because of the Ruritans’ work:  Nokesville Day, the Tree Lighting and Brunswick Stew Day.  Each of these events is a Must-Do on our family calendar.  Nokesville Day is a family oriented parade/fair that thousands come for, the Tree Lighting is in December with local schools singing,  free hot cocoa and cider and an appearance by Santa and Brunswick Stew Day is in October.   The stew is a secret recipe cooked over open fire…the aroma as it is cooking draws people from miles around.  Old timers are in line 2 hours early just to get the first bowl and those of us who plan ahead bring boxes to fill up with quarts for our freezers.  If you haven’t been to one of the Ruritans’ events, be sure to check them out in the coming year and thank them for all they do to make our community special and for all the dedication they’ve shown to our local schools and students.

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New Schools

Went to my son’s lacrosse game tonight.  Had a chance to chat with some Braemar parents excited after their tours of T. Clay Wood ES and Patriot HS. They didn’t sit through the long speeches and I can’t say I blame them.  It is more fun to tour the school and meet the enthusiatic new staff members.  It is great to hear so much enthusiasm about Prince William County Schools.

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