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PAGE Wednesday June 1.3, 2018 NEWS and SPIRIT of JEFFERSON DkRMER'S ADVOCATI ", ROBERT SHEFNER / On a recent afternoon, a gentleman came answer, to a surface need. a wheelchair, due to a recently amputated into our building with a small bag of cloth- What I wish I had said was this: "I need leg, was sheltered while waiting for housing. ing to be donated. I thanked him and told him help, right now, with emergency shelter." And finally, for this month, an 80-year-old that our capacity to receive clothing donations Because our cold weather shelter season individual who lives in a world of confusion was limited because our main basement stor- ended in March, our only shelter tools are and delusion is being sheltered and watched age area had been flooded for over a week. The motel roo s. Just this month, We sheltered a over by our staff while the "system" searches gentleman listened, and then asked, "What do couple whose home was burned and anoth- for a safe and supportive place. you need?" This is a question I hear often, but er couple who were washed out of a camp- The answer to the question, "What do you this time I was a bit uncomfortable. I did tell ing site which had become their home. These need?" goes deeper, yet still not deep enough. him about some food and clothing needs that two couples, fairly typical of many of our An economy that doesn't seem to be working we put in the Spirit every week. He said, as he clients, had very limited resources or sup- for many of the folks who come in our doors, left, that he would watch for that information, portive relationships. They were isolated, in years of struggling with physical and mental I thought about that question for the rest trouble and turned to us. And then there was health challenges, a lifetime of increasing iso- of the day and began to understand my dis- the individual, in the early stages of demen- lation from positive and supportive commu- comfort. Yes, we do need food and clothing tia and undergoing serious medical treat- nities, a "system" that is overwhelmed with and, once the basement is completely dry and ments, who we sheltered and took to treat- needs, all seem to come together in a far too put back in order, we will need to restock our ments three times a week until an appropri- large segment of our community. winter clothing. But my answer was a surface ate placement was found. Another person in Food and clothing yes, help with emergen- cy shelter - absolutely, yes. But, what I really ; need, and what I wished I had said was, "I need you to notice the people who cant these needs, these traumas, that all too often are ignored by all of us as we live our own lives. I need you ? to begin to notice and wonder why some lives, don't seem to matter as much as other lives , And, I need you to feel uncomfortable enough, :, with what you notice to say, 'I want to help.'" That's what I really wished I had said. - Robert Shefner is the executive director of Jefferson County Community Ministries in Charles Town Page-Jackson's Spartans to reunite next month CHARLES TOWN -The Page- Jackson Alumni Association will hold its 25th school-wide reunion this summer- a three-day event that celebrates the school and its proud past. The reunion begins July 27 with a dinner dance at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. A picnic and gospel fest happen the next day and then the annual Memorial Breakfast on July 29, also at the Holiday Inn. Page-Jackson's roots date to 1938 when Storer College, the integrated co-ed school founded after the Civil War in Harpers Ferry, stopped pro- viding high school classes for Afri- can-American young people in the county. In 1951, Charles Town's high school for black students opened at 110 Mordington Ave. The building today houses the county's school administrators and features a room dedicated to Page-Jackson's histo- ry, with photos, trophies and other school keepsakes. It's where mem- bers of the alumni association hold their quarterly meetings. The school was named for Little- ton L. Page and Philip Jackson, edu- cators who'd spent decades teaching in the county's segregated schools. The Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education de- Students pose at Page-Jackson High, the segregated Jefferson County school that closed its doors in 1965. A school-wide reunion happens in July. cision on May 17, 1954, ordering ety, Jefferson along with Hardy and an end to "separate but equal" ed- Hampshire counties didn't begin in- ucation for African-Americans. The tegrating until 1957 - the last in the next year, Storer --no longer pro- state to do so - and more than a de- vided any funding from the state cade would pass before segregation -closed its doors, would finally end in Jefferson. Meanwhile, .Jefferson school of- The reunion will include a dinner ficials began slowly integrating the dance, a picnic and gospel fest, and county's public schools, a memorial breakfast and the pre- According to the Jefferson Coun- sentation of scholarships to young ty Black History Preservation Soci- people with ties to the school. A look at bydMU,In,PageJacbon timellne, . The U.S, s es down s segregation in 1954 and Storer closes:its a later :: : doors.Jefferson's school sys m is finally dese gated WANT TO KNOW MORE? The Page-Jac on:: i on cost toattend and deadlinei Contact LorrmneS (304-876- - 2865 or lastant0n@fi onfie Lnet)or Delores:F ter (304-876-8008 " or deloresdeefoster @ abloom), The alumni association also sup- ports the Jefferson County el- ementary school that bears the name Page Jackson, with money sent annually to provide teachers with a stipend for supplies. For more information on the cost to attend the Page-Jack- son reunion and the dead- lines, contact Lorraine Stanton (304-876-2865 or lastan- or Delo- res Foster (304-876-8008 or deloresdeefoster@ celebrate! There will be a 5K Race, Live Music, Craft and Food Vendors, the Farmers Market, History Tours, Children's Activities and more. There will also be the unveiling of both Zagar Murals. Free admission to all ages. Phone: 304-725-2311 101 E. Washington St./P0 Box 14 Charles Town, WV 25414-0014 F Downtown Chades Town JEWELERS, INC. =" 304-725-7411 HFI WEALTH MANAGEMENT 304-876-2619 I United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC provides advice and makes recommendations based on the specific needs and circumstances of each client. Investing in securities involves risk, please contact your financial adviser with questions about your specific needs and circumstances. Honest Conversations is a registered trademark of United Captitat Financial Advisers, LLC of JEFFERSON "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." THOMAS JEFFERSON Serving our community since 1844 Published Wednesdays by The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc a local, family-owned company Winner, West Virginia Press Association 2017 General Excellence (Third place) 304-725-2046 I Fax 304-728-6856 DIDN'T GET YOUR PAPER? Call office manager Cara Young, 304-725-2046, ext. 221. SEE A MISTAKE? The Spirit of Jefferson wants to promptly and thoroughly correct all errors that appear in these pages or our website online. Bring such matters to the attention of Christine Snyder as quickly as possible. Visit us at 114 N. Charles St. in Charles Town or send mail to P.O. Box 966, Charles Town 25414 Publisher/advertising director ROBERT SNYDER rob@ 304-725-2046, ext. 223 Managing editor CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@ 304-725-2046, ext. 222 Graphic designers SHARON SNYDER 304-725-2046, ext. 227 GREG STAUB 304-725-2046, ext. 226 Office manager CARA YOUNG sojofficemanager @gmail .corn 304-725-2046, ext. 221 Distribution DONNY OWENS Ii CORRECT|ON Last week's Spirit gave the incorrect date for the rescheduled "Bark in the Park." After thunderstorms in the forecast prompted organizers to postpone the event on June 2, it now is scheduled for June 30 at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town. Learn more at or call 304- 725-5972. 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