Marion, Virginia

Emory & Henry “Adopt” A Student

For years, Smyth County had a Welcome Wagon, which was a group of concerned residents who visited newcomers and offered welcome baskets which included such treasures as a Robinette Chevy Olds Keychain, Barker's Men's Store, Baldwin's and Happy's gift certificates. The goal was simply to make a new friend and make a stranger feel welcome.

Over the past four years, dozens of hospitable Marion and Smyth County residents have welcomed and "adopted" hundreds of new Emory and Henry Students. Thirty two new students arrive next week and we need your help.

Please consider either bringing food for a potluck luncheon on Friday, May 17th @ 1:30 at the Hungry Mother Park Shelter or consider "adopting", a couple of new students.

Our motivation is primarily to do our small part to help the Emory and Henry School of Health Sciences to be successful. We have also found that adopting multiple students together makes the students feel more comfortable.

"Adopting" a student can mean merely taking the student to lunch. Offering advice on things to do and where to go or it can mean inviting them to your family dinners and warm cookies before exams. You and the students decide if the scheduling and chemistry are right. The goal is to provide these new Marion residents with someone who is interested in their progress and success. We are attempting to be the modern equivalent of the old Welcome Wagon.

Please email Raena Bright with any questions you have

ps. We are making 32 gift bags if you, your business or church want to add anything.

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