Letter: You made the RCPS holiday party happen

When we decided to throw a Rappahannock County Public Schools holiday party, we thought it would be fun for to offer prizes for anyone that attended. Going in, we knew that our local businesses have been inundated with requests for student fundraisers, so we didn’t know how they would react to just donating gifts for school employees. With that thought in mind, we began calling to ask for donations. We should have known better than to doubt the spirit of Rappahannock County.

With every phone call, we only got as far as saying, “We are having a holiday party and want to give gifts to the employees . . .” before hearing a resounding, “Yes, what can we give?” It was truly overwhelming. So, thank you so much to everyone who gave, including the Blue Rock Inn, which not only gave a dinner-for-two gift certificate but provided the venue for the party, free of charge, and then wowed everyone with an amazing assortment of food.

Thank you to Beech Spring, Burgers ‘N Things, Central Coffee Roasters, Copper Fox Antiques, Coterie, superintendent Aldridge Boone, the Hair Gallery, Haley Fine Art, High on the Hog, Knit Wit, Lampwork Glass, Mountainside Pilates, Mountainside Physical Therapy, R. H. Ballard, Rappahannock Co-op, Rose Hill Vet, Settle’s Grocery, Country Cafe, Griffin Tavern, Flint Hill Public House, Thornton River Grille and Triple Oak Bakery, who donated everything from hand-painted antique candy dishes to an oil change, pet care, dinner gift certificates and a cake. We wish we could individually list what every business gave because it would amaze and astound all you readers but there just isn’t enough space.

Thank you to deejay Rocky Grimsley for filling the room with great music. We also want to thank Vickie Miller who lined up free childcare for staff with children. A very brave RCPS graduate, Lauren Barron, reentered her old eighth-grade classroom to preside over a rowdy group of children. Thank you, Lauren.

And, to the high school students who helped Mrs. Barron, Maddie Heneghan, Emily Massie and Klaire Gubler, you all made the afternoon full of fun for the kids. The kids and kid-sitters were fed homemade pizza by our outstanding culinary class led by Kurt Streu. All of the RCPS staff that attended had a great time and it was because a wonderful night was provided by local businesses and volunteers. Thank you all, everyone, for a lovely night! We love Rappahannock!

Fran Krebser
Amy Lilly
Karen Sanborn
Rappahannock County Public Schools

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