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Parks and Rec receives Best New Program award

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Tom Runnett, Louisa Parks and Recreation maintenance coordinator, Jane Shelhorse Louisa Parks and Recreation director, Les Bullock Louisa Parks and Recreation supervisor and Zuwana Morgan, children’s program coorcinator.

The Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) and the VRPS Awards and Citations Committee announced at their 58th annual conference that Louisa County Parks and Recreation Department (LCPR) were winners of the “Best New Program Award” for 2011.

This award was won due to the Teen Quest Special Program, designed by Jane Shelhorse, Director of LCPR, following the earthquake in August 2011.

“The fact that the program was recognized by both VACo through the county and to win it through VRPS was really rewarding,” Shelhorse said.

With the only high school in the county damaged beyond use, county officials decided to use Louisa County Middle School for both high school and middle school classes by alternating days of the week students attended class. Concerns were raised about supervision for middle school students on days they were not in school.

According to Shelhorse, she wondered who was going to take care of the students and, to Shelhorse, the natural place for them to be was at the parks and recreation center.

Shelhorse designed of the short-term program allowed registered students to come to the Betty Queen center on days that high school was in session where they were supervised in activities such as study-time, computer, free-time and physical activity.  The program was up and running about three weeks after the earthquake and continued approximately five months.

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 4 edition of The Central Virginian.