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Vol. 4, Issue 8 — September 2018

Boys Home Begins 2018-2019 School Year!
As we begin our 2018-2019 school year, we ask for your prayers. This is our first year as an independent school. From athletics to clubs to extra curricular activities, it will all take place on "the hill."
How to pray for Boys Home:
  • Pray for us as we begin our 2018-2019 school year as an independent school.
  • Pray for a smooth transition for both students and staff.
  • Pray for a year filled with learning, success, as well as fun. 

A Note from Chaplain Anne Grizzle 
Boys Home students and staff arrived by canoe and kayak for worship on Sunday, September 3 at the park in Glasgow, Virginia. The Sunday service was the culmination of a weekend of fun hosted by St. John's Episcopal Church in Glasgow with assistance from Christ Church in Buena Vista. 
Boys Home chaplain, the Rev. Anne Grizzle, was celebrant and preacher while Andy and Conner Wolfe provided music. 
The weekend began on Friday evening as the Van Osten family hosted a campout for the Boys Home students at their farm. Saturday was spent canoeing and kayaking the river and luckily getting out just before a storm hit! Though Saturday dinner was moved inside to the St. John's Church, the campout and fireside went on as originally planned. Sunday morning consisted of a delicious breakfast and more river fun before arriving for the Sunday service followed by another fantastic meal. 
Many thanks to the members of St. John's and Christ Church for a fabulous and welcoming weekend full of fun and celebration!
Chaplain Anne Grizzle, Andy and Conner Wolfe, and Boys Home students during the worship service

Upcoming Trail Ride and Poker Run at Boys Home!
Join us for Boys Home of Virginia's inaugural weekend trail ride and poker run! The weekend will take place on our beautiful 1000+ acre campus, and will feature creek-side camping, self-guided trail rides on Lick Mountain, a poker run, and live music by the campfire, featuring Garnet Ridge Ramblers.
Proceeds will go toward the Boys Home Sturdy Stirrups equine program, where boys learn respect, responsibility, and honesty through caring for and interacting with horses. 
The trail ride and poker run will take place on the weekend of October 13-14, 2018 and is $75 per rider. Registration will start at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the poker run at 10:00 a.m. All participants are asked to check out no later than 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The event will provide snacks, a boxed lunch, dinner and music by the campfire on Saturday, and a continental breakfast on Sunday. Overnight accomomodations include primitive creek-side camping, with restrooms and showers available in the gym.
*Please note, this is a challenging ride, and horses should have horseshoes. An up-to-date Coggins is required for all horses.
For questions, please contact Bonnie Wheatley at (540) 965-7720.
Visit to sign up today!

2018 P. Buckley Moss Print Raffle
For the 27th year, P. Buckley Moss has donated a print for Boys Home of Virginia to raffle. This year's print is titled Spring At The Smithfield Plantation #79 and is valued at over $200 framed. 
Smithfield is a plantation outside Blacksburg, Virginia, built from 1772 to 1774 as a home by Col. William Preston. It was the birthplace of two Virginia governors: James Patton Preston and John B. Floyd. The house remained a family home until 1959 when the home was donated to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. 
James Patton Preston, Virginia Governor, inherited the plantation from his mother. It was also the birthplace and home of his son, William Ballard Preston, who worked with Abraham Lincoln in the 1840s in Congress as part of a group of legislators known as "The Young Indians" and later, reluctantly, authored Virginia's Articles of Secession in 1861. Descendants of William and Susanna Preston included four Virginia governors - James Patton Preston, John Floyd, James McDowell, and John Buchanan Floyd - and numerous other legislators. In addition, descendants were instrumental in the founding and growth of several universities, including Virginia Tech, VMI, and the University of South Carolina.
The print was framed by Loving Frame & Art located in Covington. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 10 for $45. Boys Home will draw a winner on October 31, 2018. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Boys Home Development Office at (540) 965-7715 or email Sandra Scruggs at
All raffle entries must be received by October 29 and all proceeds directly benefit the programs at Boys Home. Best of luck winning this beautiful print!

Boys Home students hold the P. Buckley Moss print to be raffled this year.
 Spring At The Smithfield Plantation #79

Boys Home Announces
Second Annual 5K and Kids Fun Run!
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Intervale Trailhead, Jackson River Scenic Trail in Covington, VA
Wear your favorite Halloween costume and join the fun! Boys Home of Virginia is hosting the Howl-O-ween Hustle 5K and Kids Fun Run! This outdoor event is focused on bringing runners, families, and pets together for some fall-themed fun! Attendees can participate in a 5K walk/run, a 1K fun run, costume contests, face painting, games, and more. Come enjoy the beautiful fall scenery of the Alleghany Highlands! 
Race Day Schedule:
  • Packet pickup and race-day registration: 8:00 a.m.
  • Fun Run: 9:30 a.m.
  • 5K: 10:00 a.m.
  • Awards: 11:00 a.m.
This event will be chip timed, USATF sanctioned and certified. Top 3 finishers in each catergory will receive a collectible pint glass! (Top 3 male and female overall, top 3 male and female by age groups [14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75+])
All children (14 and under) participating in the Kids Fun Run will receive a participation medal. All registrants receive a race T-shirt.
Registration fees are $30/individual or $50/family. Pet charge is $5/pet; pets will receive a race bandana.
Can't make this event? Join us from a distance with our Virtual 5K option! You can run, jog, or walk on roads or trails, or even go the distance on a treadmill. You get to run your race at your own pace! Once you register, your shirt will be ready for pick-up or shipping.
Click below to register today!

 How Can I Help?
If your congregation would like a visit from Boys Home, please contact Lauren at and we will work to set it up. We look forward to visiting as many parishes as possible to share the Boys Home story.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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