Pat’s Chat (July 7)

Shenandoah Valley Academy was established in 1908 and exists “to provide a distinctly Seventh-day Adventist college preparatory program through experiences to produce disciples of Jesus who are compassionate citizens prepared for college and careers.”

Several years ago, my sweet family was going through the problems of separation and divorce and I wanted to help my children get a solid, Christian education, so we applied for jobs at Shenandoah Valley Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding academy in New Market, Virginia. We rented one of the houses on campus and settled in, with me working at the Book Bindery. along with my son, Chuck and daughter, Robin. Scott worked on the campus, too, with Mr. White in the maintenance department. Scott loved Mr. White and his job. I don’t remember a lot about those days. I enjoyed “ludlowing,” the titles on the book binders. I prayed that my children would grow spiritually, physically and be socially safe, and that they would experience mental stimulation and growth through this experience and the dedicated faculty and staff at SVA, even for a short time... I am sure God is still working with them and me, whether I made the right choices or not. I am including a picture of some of the graduates from SVA, who were attending Camp Meeting. Thanks to Sheri-Lyn Sapp who sent the picture. They are left to right Sheri-Lyn Sapp, ‘84; Rebecca Wheatley, ‘97; Jan Osborne, ‘74; Stewart Pepper, ’81; Sarah Ware, ’84; and Keli Mace, ‘80!

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