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Congressmen visit schools

November was Bring Your Congressmen to School month, and Sen. Mark Peake visited Cumberland High School (CHS) and Cumberland Middle School (CMS) on Nov. 25. Peake serves the 22nd District of Virginia, which includes Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Prince Edward, and part of both Louisa and the City of Lynchburg. Peake had lunch in the school cafeteria, discussed legislative priorities, and toured the CHS/CMS Career and Technical Education wing.

U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman III, who currently serves in the United States House of Representatives for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, visited Cumberland County Public Schools on Dec. 2. He toured Cumberland Elementary School and the CHS/CMS Career and Technical wing. He was particularly interested in prekindergarten classes and the CMS Career Connections Lab. This lab, which was funded by the Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) program, provides middle school students with the opportunity to explore careers in welding, robotics and automation, health sciences, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, and electrical engineering.

Earlier in the year, CUCPS was visited by Del. Thomas C. “Tommy” Wright Jr., who serves the 61st District of Virginia, which represents Amelia, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Nottoway and part of Lunenburg. He brought several large boxes of school supplies to be distributed to Cumberland students. He then stayed for lunch in the cafeteria and toured the Career and Technical Education wing. Wright plans to return to CUCPS later in the year.