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PAGE 1 ools Wednesday, August 22, 2012 ,pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Blessed FROM PAGE A1 bourn, who taught and coached at the school), the local school became the center of everyday life for Osbourn. "I grew up in a very child- focused family," said Osbourn, who recalls how his moth- er, the late Annabel Osbourn, would head to the kitchen at 4 a.m. on school days to bake from-scratch cinnamon rolls and other delicious breakfasts for Mark and hundreds of his schoolmates. He chose to retire after the unexpected deaths of a close friend and his brother-in-law. "I absolutely loved going to work every day, but after my friend passed away at 62 and my,brother-in-law's dying, it hit me in the face, 'Do you want to work all your life?' No, I want to go to Alaska with my wife and do some whale- watching, I want to spend time with my kids and my dad, I want to hunt and fish. There's a lot that I've wanted to do but haven't been able to find the time for." With two seats on the school board to be decided in the spring election, Osbourn was urged by parents and commu- nity leaders to give politics a try. Mariland Dunn Lee, who retired after a teaching ca- reer at Jefferson High, serves on the board along with Peter Dougherty, Gary Kable and Scott Sudduth, but Osbourn brings to the board experience in the primary grades. "I think that was one of the b!g reasons you saw such sup- port for me in the election - people wanted someone on the board who knew the school system," said Osbourn, whose offspring range in age from 20 to 30. "The early years of school are so important - hav- ing that foundation for success - and I think that people want- ed me there to offer the ele- mentary ed perspective." Osbourn said he views the Jef- ferson school system as excel- lent. His three sons, Seth, Jus- tin and Ethan, are engineers, two of whom earned their de- grees from WVU while the third finished his studies at Shepherd University. His youngest child, Keira, is a sophomore at Shep- herd studying physical therapy. "This is a school system that prepared my children extreme- ly well for college," he said. "We're doing a good job." Still, with leaner budget times ahead, the school system will need to find every efficiency, Osbourn said. "Our dollars are getting tighter - and that's happening with federal dollars, at the state level, all the way through," he said. "The public needs to see us taking a frugal approach and using every cent wisely." Many families are struggling with money on the home- front now, too, Osbourn said. "Across our school sys- tem, we're seeingfamilies dou- bling up, living with relatives and friends, like we've never seen before," he said. "We've got to be mindful of how hard a lot of our kids have things." To help ensure students do well, Osbourn encourages par- ents to create a home schedule that includes plenty of sleep, proper planning (such as laying out school clothes the night be- fore and having homework fin- ished), a nutritious breakfast either at home or at school, and an atmosphere that promotes school as important. He said anyone in the commu- nity can take a minute to talk to children they know about the importance of education, to ask about the books they're reading and to remind them that yes, school has its chal- lenges "but that hard work is a part of life." "Helping children form a good work ethic is one of the keys," he said. "We're lucky because we have extremely dedicated teachers and school employees here. We have car- ing community schools. Stu- dents who work hard are go~ ing to see themselves do well. That's what has always makes me tick - seeing every student, especially the ones who come from economic disadvantaged backgrounds or who have oth- er challenges, succeed by do- ing their best." Celebrating new teachers CHRISTINE FORD Alisha Bellamy, who will greet her class'at Driswood Elementary today as the school year begins in Jef- ferson County, was among the raffle winners at last week's luncheon in honor of the county's new educa- tors. The 50th annual event, put on by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, was held Aug. 16 at the Moose Lodge in Ranson. American Public University was the major sponsor of this year's luncheon. S , Today School begins for Jefferson County students Nov. 19 to 23 Thanksgiving break March 29 Staff development day, no school Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 Sept. 3 Winter break April 1 to 5 Labor Day, no sctlool Spring break Jan. 21 Nov. 6 Martin Luther King Day,May 27 Election Day, no school no school - Memorial Day Nov. 12 Veterans' Day commemorated, no school March 8 June 3 Staff development day, School's out for the no school summer! - Compiled with information from the Jefferson County Board of Education 2012-13 handbook Have You Been to the Bavarian Inn Lately? Established in Shepherdstown - 1977 We now offer PRESCRIPTIONS FREE to your front door! IEFFERS N Sign up for the Leader Prescription Savings Club for the low price of $ I, we'll provide a list of 200 prescription drugs offered for $6 for a 30 day supply. Plus, we offer drive-thru window pickup service and FREE home delivery! So while others may offer low prices our FREE Delivery makes ours the BEST OFFER IN TOWN! 201 S. 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