First Lady Pamela Northam’s Back to School Tour travels to Southwestern Virginia

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — At the start of every school year, First Lady Pamela Northam travels the Commonwealth to tour schools and see firsthand how each school district is doing, including Roanoke.

Mrs. Northam and her team have traveled more than 5,000 miles across the Commonwealth to talk about the importance of educators and education.

“We must take care of our children and their needs during this time and as I said, I’m really proud of the way our community is stepping up, our families, our educators, our administrators, our localities to say… These children are our priority and that’s where we need to put our funding. They’re the most important investment we can make in our future.”

Pamela Northam – First Lady of Virginia

On Thursday, Sept. 10, Mrs. Northam handed out PPE to and stacks of books for the children. She also spent time with several classes at each school, read stories to the kids, toured each school, and spoke with educators on how the first few weeks have been.

“This year, instead of bringing our usual school supplies and books, we’re bringing books and PPE… We want to help our teachers to continue to keep our kids healthy safe and learning.”

Pamela Northam – First Lady of Virginia

Since the beginning of the administration, Mrs. Northam’s educator experience has helped to raise federal, state, and local funds to the sum of $98 million in investments in Virginia’s early education systems.

Burlington Elementary Principal Beth Grim says she’s very pleased with her teachers and staff and the hard work they put in to get their school ready.

“Our teachers do an outstanding job and they really are the unsung heroes. They work very hard every day and it’s nice to have people to come to the school to recognize the hard work that they do.”

Beth Grim – Principal – Burlington Elementary

Just before lunchtime on Thursday, Mrs. Northam made her way to The Science Museum of Western Virginia to take a look at its LAB program, where they have an alternative to virtual learning by offering working parents a place where kids have a structured day and engage in hands-on project-based learning.

“For me, and I hope for our team who’ve all worked so hard, it is a moment for us to take a breath and say… Wow! We’ve done, we’ve done something here… and I couldn’t have done it without everyone on our team.”

Mary Roberts Baako – Director of The LAB – Science Museum of Western Virginia

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