Headwaters, a True Foundation of Support

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Headwaters held their annual “Taste of Rappahannock” on Saturday, September 13 at Mt. Vernon Farm. Among the many guests and donors were numerous behind the scene planners and laborers who pulled off another spectacular event to benefit the many children of Rappahannock County. The Headwaters organization is well renowned in the community for its mission dedicated to fostering education and promoting community resources to meet the diverse needs of our students; but the employees and students of Rappahannock County School Division have had valuable firsthand experience with this foundation truly devoted to the educational betterment of our school-aged youth.


Students benefit each and every day from the dedicated volunteers that offer support at our elementary school. Through the Starfish mentoring program, the after-school enrichment program, and the READ program, our students experience the bonds of community and the additional support needed to foster that growth and development process needed for healthy, happy children. The programs support our educational curriculum by adding a reading partner or adult mentor, and incorporating fun, enriching activities that bring additional experiences to our youth, all the while, offering these experiences in the safe and secure environment of our schools.


The Starfish mentoring program adds support at our high school as well. Students recommended for the program often have a mentor that follows them through their school experience. Additionally, Headwaters assists the high school guidance department by making additional connections, those “next steps” that are needed for post school careers or college placements. In fact, this past year, Headwaters collaborated with the high school to place students into internships across the county, offering another venue for students to gain job experiences and make those valuable connections within our community. The scholarships offered to students assist with the needs of college and offer encourage for the continuation of lifelong learning. Lastly, Headwaters offers mini grants for our teachers. The application process allows teachers to think and create lessons outside the box, lessons that promote those vital hand-on experiences.


There are various ways to say thank you to the community of Rappahannock County, but to this organization whose donors offer their time, talent, and/or funds, I felt it appropriate to say publicly a heartfelt thank you for all you do. The Headwaters foundation is truly a foundation of support for our students and our school division. In the words of Margaret Meade, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Dr. Donna Matthews, Superintendent of Schools


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