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Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation Supports Gilmer County Elementary School


The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) recently awarded a $400 grant to Gilmer County Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to help purchase staff t-shirts that will help promote school unity and spirit. LKACF advisory board members Martha Haymaker and Bob Radabaugh attended the April 24 PTO meeting to present the grant.


The role of the Gilmer County Elementary School’s PTO is to build strong working relationships among parents, teachers and the school to maximize student’s experiences.  Having recently opened its doors for the first time, the new school’s PTO recognizes that now is the time to unify and celebrate.   


“The staff members really appreciate the unity the t-shirts have created,” said Shelly Mason, Assistant Principal and PTO member.  “Staff wear the t-shirts on Fridays and the students’ haven taken note.  Recently, a first grade student happily said, ‘All the teachers are dressed the same -- everyone is a twin!"

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) works with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Wirt, Calhoun, and Gilmer counties in West Virginia. LKACF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 350 funds amounting to nearly $34 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or non-profit organization. Since 2004, the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways. For more information about PACF and its affiliate, LKACF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit or call 304-428-4438.

Photo Caption: Pictured, from left to right, area Vickie Allman, Tanya Stewart, Bob Radabaugh, and Sharon Jones.

  • New Fund Established at Community Foundation to Benefit Local Schools

    Rebecca Mangus was a young and spirited individual who brought happiness and displayed compassion to everyone she met.  Following a battle with breast cancer, on January 30, 2013, Rebecca received her ultimate healing and “found her resting place in the arms of God,” said Rebecca’s friend and colleague, Tammy Parker.

    A caring daughter, cousin, friend and teacher, Rebecca will forever be remember in the Mid-Ohio Valley thanks to a recently established fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).  The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was established by Rebecca’s aunt, Julia Thomas, and cousin, Janelle Thomas.  The mission of this fund is to provide monetary support to educators teaching at either the kindergarten or 1st grade-level at either Martin, Mineral Wells or McKinley Elementary Schools.  The distributions from this fund will aid in the establishment of a Teachers Reimbursement Program at each of the three schools.

    Rebecca was born in Parkersburg, WV to Mr. and Mrs. Delmas Mangus.  She was a 1992 graduate of Parkersburg South High School.  After completing her undergraduate education at Marietta College, Rebecca received her Masters from Marshall University.  She then returned to the area and was a kindergarten teacher for the Wood County Board of Education.

    Known to family and friends as an incredibly caring and passionate teacher, Rebecca will forever be missed.  As an active member of her church, the Evangelical Methodist Church, Rebecca found peace and courage through her fight with breast cancer.  When not dedicated to her teaching or faith, Rebecca was very active with supporting the Cancer Society and was passionate to help others with this disease.

    Individuals that knew her both personally and professionally could easily recognize that Rebecca held a special place in her heart for her students and their well-being.  Rebecca went above and beyond to ensure that her students had an enjoyable and educational experience in her classroom and cared for them as if they were her own.

    The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was created to help other educators make their classrooms an enjoyable and unique educational experience for its students.  Rebecca’s memory will live on through this Fund and for generations to come, recipients of this fund’s distribution will know how impactful Rebecca’s life was to her family, friends and students. 

    Individuals wishing to make a charitable gift to the Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus can mail a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762.  Individuals wishing to make another form of donation can call the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.

  • Robinson Fund Supports Calhoun Educators

    The family and friends of longtime educator Edna Robinson have established a charitable fund honoring her dedication to furthering early childhood education in Calhoun County. 

     Growing up on a farm on Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Robinson and her eight siblings learned the value of education from their parents, Ollie and Elias Yoak.  Edna Robinson graduated from Glenville State College in 1955, but even before graduation, she had begun assisting her father in his duties as School Master at several one and two-room schoolhouses around the county.

     “I remember having to catch the outbound school bus from Grantsville and ride it to the end of White Pine, and then hike over the mountain to substitute teach for Dad at the Oak Hill School,” Robinson said.  “Dad was pretty ill at the time and they didn’t want to make all the kids sick. It was quite a hike but I made it in time.”

     While at Glenville State College, she taught at both Sand Fork and Glenville schools and upon graduation, she continued her passion for teaching at Cabot Station’s two-room schoolhouse.  After successful tenures teaching in North Carolina and Massachusetts, Mrs. Robinson returned to Calhoun County, helping to nurture young minds while teaching at Minnora and finally Pleasant Hill Elementary.  During her tenure at Pleasant Hill Elementary, Robinson touched the lives of hundreds of Calhoun County students (now residents) and was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2004.  In 2005, Robinson retired from Pleasant Hill Elementary.

     "I tried my best to not only teach the curriculum," Robinson said, "but also to help the children develop the qualities necessary for them to become responsible citizens."

     Mrs. Robinson's dedication to educating the youth in Calhoun County will continue forever thanks to the Edna Yoak Robinson Fund for Education established by her children with the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).  The Fund was created to support early childhood education and youth education programs in Calhoun County, WV, with preference for support to requests and needs from Pleasant Hill Elementary School and surrounding community. 

     “I have the utmost respect for Mrs. Robinson and what she has accomplished,” said Ron Blankenship, former Gilmer and Calhoun School Superintendent.  “She was an outstanding educator and a real task master.  She has had a significant impact on the lives of many in our community, and through this fund, will continue to do so.”

     Persons who wish to honor Mrs. Robinson can make a charitable gift to the Edna Yoak Robinson Fund for Education by mailing a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762 or by donating online here.  Other forms of donation may be made by calling the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.  

  • New Charitable Fund to Benefit Auburn Community Cemetery

    Auburn, once a bustling community, is a historic town which was first settled in 1834, before West Virginia seceded from Virginia during the American Civil War.  Like many other communities throughout the state, Auburn is experiencing a population decline which has affected the monetary support available to the Auburn Community Cemetery Committee.  This Cemetery is the final resting place of some of Auburn’s first settlers including the family names of Sommerville, Tharp, Hall and Watson with the earliest known grave being that of a young child, Robert Collins, who died in August, 1842.  The Auburn Community Cemetery Committee provides maintenance and upkeep of the Cemetery located within the town limits.  

    Concerned and forward-thinking individuals with loved ones interred in the Cemetery recently established a permanent charitable fund, the Friends of Auburn Community Cemetery Fund, with the Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).  The Friends of Auburn Community Cemetery Fund will forever provide an annual monetary distribution to the Cemetery Committee to support the public maintenance and upkeep of the Cemetery.  Current members of the Auburn Community Cemetery Committee include Jim Lowther, Dave Crouch and Robert Lowther.

    “It is not our intention for this new fund to hinder annual contributions to the Cemetery Committee,” said Bob Sommerville.  “My family and some friends started this fund to encourage others to plan for the future of our Cemetery and to provide a long-term option for other concerned citizens to include a donation to the fund through their estate plans and wills, or to use qualified retirement plans and IRA benefits to make a donation.  By doing so, they are ensuring that this Cemetery is taken care of long after we have passed.”

    “The fund is permanent in nature so that the fund’s principal, which includes all donations to the fund, is never invaded,” said Julie Boyce, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer.  “This means the fund will forever invest and issue an annual distribution for the benefit of the Cemetery.  PACF’s prudent spending-policy helps to ensure that the fund continues to grow.  Annually, the Cemetery Committee spends between $3,000 and $5,000 on upkeep of the Auburn Community Cemetery.  A fund valued at $100,000 could potentially issue about $3,000 each year!  The fund is off to a great start to that goal. The early supporters have pledged to help raise at least $100,000 in the next ten years to help grow this fund.  They are already a tenth of the way to their goal with $10,000 in gifts to date.  If others in the community likewise come forward, I’m sure their goal will be met.”     

    Persons who wish to make a charitable gift to the Friends of Auburn Community Cemetery Fund can mail a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762 or give online by clicking here.  Other forms of donation may be made by calling the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.   The “Friends of Auburn (WV) Community Cemetery” has its own Facebook page; more details may be found on it.  Annual gifts to the Auburn Community Cemetery Committee (for ongoing maintenance, rather than investment for the future) can be mailed to PO Box 92, Auburn, WV 26325.

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