Left row downstairs: Valerie Ramey, Heather Wright, Connie Froggatt, Bonnie Smith and Judy Diggs. Right row downstairs: Loren Beasley, Beth Widdowson, Sarah Woolsey, Sarah Black, Alexa Casey and Dr. Mark Miear. Holding banner: Debbie Sherman-Lee, Gunin Kiran, Susan Miller, Megan Atkinson and Annie Whitaker.

Membership is not capped at 100, and the “plus” means the group is always open to welcoming more women who are interested in making a difference in the NRV.

At the winter meeting held last month, the membership voted to award this quarter’s donation to the Montgomery County Educational Foundation. With $10,000 raised by the members of the 100+ WWC and an additional $5,000 provided by The Secular Society’s generous 50 percent match, MCEF received a total of $15,000 following the meeting.

The Montgomery County Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 committed to supporting Montgomery County Public Schools.

MCEF believes that the people who know what schools need are the ones who are in the system, and the foundation provides grants to teachers, students, staff, and school organizations based on a grant proposal review process.

Funds are available for all grade levels — pre-K through 12th. MCEF supports schools by supplementing their funding as well as by providing funds in areas outside the scope of existing funding. Examples of potential funding areas include extra materials for teachers, after-school programs for students, and teacher development programs. For more information about MCEF, please visit www.montcoef.org.

“We are so fortunate to have received this grant for the MCEF,” stated Dr. Mark Miear, Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, who was on hand for the check presentation. “This monetary support will go towards the efforts of MCEF to support our teachers funding of creative lessons, projects, and several ways they will bring their classrooms to life to create an exceptional education experience for our students.”

Connie Froggatt, President of MCEF and also a member of the 100+ WWC, added, “The MCEF believes an investment in public schools is an investment in our community, and we are thankful the members of 100+ WWC support our mission. This check presentation today is a shining example of how a group of like-minded individuals can come together to make a huge impact on their community. These funds will benefit students in Montgomery County Public Schools now and for many years to come by providing our educators with the resources they need to go above and beyond the standard curriculum.”

All interested women are invited to join the 100+ WWC to support local not-for-profits that make the New River Valley a better place to live. The group’s membership area includes the counties of Montgomery, Giles, Pulaski, Floyd and the City of Radford.

The 100+ WWC meet quarterly on the third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October. Committed members donate $100 every quarter, and each meeting lasts no more than one hour. For more information, visit www.100womenwhocarenrv.com  or email Sarah Black, Alexa Casey, and Beth Parker at nrv100wwc@gmail.com. Their next meeting is Tuesday, April 18 at 6:15 p.m. at Bull & Bones at First & Main in Blacksburg.

— Submitted by Sarah Black

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