SmileMakers is a great name for the Stratford Harbour group that was founded in 2008. Since that time, the thirty members of the organization have focused on earning smiles with many activities; the most recent a fundraising luncheon for a scholarship to a graduating Washington and Lee High School senior who has attended the Northern Neck Technical Center (NNTC). This scholarship was created to honor the late John N. Bowie, Jr., a 2013 graduate of W&L and a student at the NNTC. Mr. Bowie’s family still resides in the Stratford Harbour community.
Their luncheon, which featured homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts, not only succeeded in raising enough for one scholarship , but when all was added up, the SmileMakers had raised enough money to offer two scholarships valued at $1,000.00 each. According to Lucille Burns, SmileMakers Scholarship Chair, The intent of the John N. Bowie, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is to “provide financial support for a qualifying student to further his or her skills and knowledge in the vocational/technical field, purchase tools and materials necessary for the training, and prepare for full-time employment.”
The SmileMakers of Stratford Harbour was created by five ladies in the Stratford Community; Anne Braham, Shirley Wease, Donna Conlon, Jewel Hudson, and Teresa Brooks. SmileMakers is a project- focused organization. They meet once a month from September to May to plan their projects and activities for the Stratford Harbour community and the broader community. Each year they contribute monthly to the Westmoreland County Department of Social Services’ food pantry, donate holiday gift cards to seniors, sponsor families at Christmas, sponsor a class at Cople Elementary School, and assist with Cople’s field day in May and with Cople’s school garden area.
Some of the other projects that the group has done are support The Haven in Warsaw with monetary donations, clothing and toy items for women and children. Last year the SmileMakers prepared and served a dinner for The Haven’s residents. They also have dressed dolls and stuffed Christmas stockings to donate through Social Services and they prepare “goodie bags” for distribution to seniors in local nursing homes and through Meals on Wheels.
The SmileMakers serve the immediate members of Stratford Harbour by remembering and helping families stricken by illness or loss of a loved one. They also prepare and deliver fruit baskets to neighbors “in need of a smile.” Mrs. Burns noted that the group makes flower baskets to adorn the community pool area. They help out with the Stratford Harbour’s Halloween Happening, summer ice cream social, and Easter Egg Hunt, and the community yard sale. They also hosted the annual Holiday Bazaar.
Mrs. Burns added, “Our monthly meetings usually include time for whatever service project we are working on, but we also have fun together and learn new things by having occasional guest speakers. We have been known to celebrate with an annual birthday bash for our members, a Mother’s Day Tea, and other fun activities.”
All of the SmileMakers’ endeavors are solely funded by the hard work done by the membership and individual contributions and the donations collected at fundraising events such as bake sales, yard sales, and luncheons. Mrs. Burns eloquently stated, “By working together to set goals and to pool our resources and talents to accomplish tasks, we have been able to foster many smiles in our community across the years.”
Donations to the John N. Bowie Jr. Scholarship fund are still being accepted. Checks to the Stratford Harbour Smile Makers can be sent to Stratford Harbour POA, 2657 N. Independence Dr., Montross, VA 22520. Designate “scholarship” at the bottom of your check.
Westmoreland County Public Schools is proud and honored to be a partner with the Stratford Harbour Smile Makers.
Montross Middle School February Students of the Month
Three outstanding young people have been selected by the teachers of Montross Middle School to be the Students of the Month for February. February’s Students of the Month are Mackenzie, sixth grade; Tinya, seventh grade, and Dimas, eighth grade. Each month, teachers select a student who exhibits ten qualities on a regular basis: completes assignments on time; completes homework on time; comes prepared for class; follows directions; listens attentively; respects others; provides a positive role model for the other students; is willing to “help out” in class; uses class time appropriately; and follows all classroom rules.
The students will be recognized at a luncheon in their honor with the principal and will receive a certificate.
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