Laura W. Fornash, Secretary of Education for Virginia, and Javaid Siddiqi, Deputy Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth, visited the Louisa County Public School division on Monday, March 12 and toured two of the schools that were severely affected by the earthquake that occurred on August 23, 2011.
Members of the Louisa County School Board and the Louisa County Board of Supervisors, along with Virginia Senator Tom Garrett, school administrators and community leaders greeted Fornash and Siddiqi before they were led on tours of the mobile high school and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.
At both schools, Fornash and Siddiqi held informal discussions with students, teachers, parents and school administrators about the challenges that have been overcome since the earthquake and the experiences that have been had as a result of the natural disaster.
While at TJES, Fornash read the book “From Our Fields to You” to a group of first grade students and Siddiqi also read to a group of kindergarten students in celebration of Agriculture Literacy Week. The Louisa County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee also visited those classrooms and talked with students about produce and items that are manufactured from local farms.
During the tours, Fornash and Siddiqi had the opportunity to observe the adjustments that have been made by the school division to educate students in a mobile learning environment.
“We were honored to have the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Education visit our school division and see how we are recovering and rebuilding after the earthquake and that we are now stronger than ever,” said Dr. Deborah Pettit, superintendent of Louisa County Public Schools.