Local Government, Civic Affairs and Education
The Harlem Globetrotters bring their “Pushing the Limits” world tour to the Berglund Center on March 11th – but today player Zeus McClurkin was in town ahead of that to bring the “TEAM Up At School” anti-bullying program to Roanoke Catholic students. Team stands for Talk, Empathize, Ask and Mobilize – asking fellow students to get involved when they see someone being bullied. McClurkin also showed off a few basketball tricks and promised the Globetrotters will attempt to set some new world records when they return next month.
A kickoff at the Wells Fargo call center this morning for the week-long “Roanoke Valley Saves Week” campaign – encouraging residents to open bank accounts and to save money for the future. Roanoke Valley Saves Week runs through Saturday; it launched today with a proclamation from Roanoke City vice mayor Joe Cobb and a class dealing with “nutrition on a budget” by the Virginia Tech Co-op Extension. United Way of Roanoke Valley is partnering with local financial institutions says Health Strategist Hannah Adkins:
Its takes an Army of volunteers to keep the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford running smoothly every year, especially during big events like the annual June 6th observance. This Friday and Saturday they will hold training sessions for those volunteers as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
(updated audio) Linking government agencies like the Department of Social Service to local churches and faith-based organizations – pitching in to help children and families in need. That’s the concept behind CarePortal, which debuts in Roanoke today. The story from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
The new Hollins University President as of August 1 went to an all-female high school and believes in the single-sex college model for young women. More about Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, who assumes the post at Hollins from Nancy Gray this summer, with WFIR’s Gene Marrano: