Thumbs up ... to Cliffs Foundation, the charitable arm of Cliffs Natural Resources, which contributed $60,000 to food banks in the United States and Eastern Canada. Locally, Cliffs has donated $10,500 to the Itmann Food Bank in Mullens, the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank in Kimball, Oceana Church of God’s Samaritan’s Heart Food Pantry, and Hungry Lambs Food Initiative in Logan County.
Thumbs up ... to West Virginia University President Jim Clements, who has been elected secretary of a national organization for public and land grant universities. Clements was elected to the post at the annual meeting of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The association has 218 members that include 74 land-grant universities. The council says its member institutions enroll 3.5 million undergraduate students and 1.1 million graduate students.
Thumbs up ... to Raleigh County’s Crescent Elementary, selected as one of only 66 2013 National Title 1 Distinguished Schools across the nation for its exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. This award is based on both the academic achievement of its students and the creative and innovative programs that contribute to their success. Both Crescent and Bradley Elementary were chosen as two of 12 West Virginia Title 1 Distinguished Schools.
Thumbs up ... to Catey Beth Priddy, a fourth-grade student at Daniels Elementary, for making her third donation to Locks of Love. The organization provides wigs to financially disadvantaged United States and Canadian children who have lost their hair because of medical reasons. The required minimum for a donation is 10 inches of hair.
Thumbs up ... to Marshall University for getting a $10,000 grant to support diversity efforts in its pharmacy program from Walgreens’ Diversity Donation program. Half the funding will be used for scholarships for underrepresented minority students and a student who embraces diversity and promotes inclusion initiatives on campus. It will be used to facilitate “pipeline” programs aimed at increasing the enrollment of diverse groups at the school of pharmacy.
Thumbs up ... to Summers County High School head coach Josh Houchins, named this year’s Register-Herald Coach of the Year. The award — voted on by the five members of The Register-Herald sports staff, as well as a fan vote on The Register-Herald (Official) Facebook page — recognized Houchins, who also won the online fan vote, for a 7-3 season and the program’s first playoff berth since 1995.