Roanoke County Fundraiser to Raise Money for Glenvar Scholarship
Radford University's campus is busy with students getting to class, but it is what one student is doing outside of school that is making a difference.
Kalley Thompson is a junior at Radford, but her heart remains in Glenvar. She has organized a fundraiser at the Fort Lewis Fire Department for the Michael Sandridge Scholarship Fund, which will be offered this spring at the high school.
"He is just a legacy that we want to keep living on," she says. "We want his spirit to keep living because of how strong and dedicated he was to his football players and his soccer players at Glenvar."
One of Michael's last wishes before he lost his battle with cancer was to see the weight room at his school upgraded. The dedication was on the night of a Friday football game. Kalley's brother played soccer with Michael.
"He was an inspiration to all of us," Thompson says.
The Fort Lewis Fire Department is the perfect location for the fundraiser.
Volunteer Fire Chief Woody Henderson has worked for the department for the last 38 years and also has a Glenvar connection.
"I've lived in Glenvar, West Roanoke County all of my life," he says. "I graduated from Glenvar, my children graduated from Glenvar and all of my grandchildren now are going to Glenvar schools."
The schools may be small compared to some, but the hearts of those inside are just as big as you will find anywhere.
At least nine vendors are signed up to be part of the fundraiser. Anyone interested in checking out the event on Saturday can do so between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Fort Lewis Fire Department.