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Members of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard may be known for their military work across West Virginia and the nation, but they’re also giving back as mentors for elementary school students in Berkeley County. On April 8 a training session at the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard base was held for 12 members who will be participating in Education Elevators.

Charleston, W.Va. – Representatives of the Education Elevators (EE) program today announced a new mentoring partnership between Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) and Edgewood Elementary School in Charleston.

EE Executive Director Allison McJunkin said the new partnership will connect CPG employees and professionals with individual students for the purpose of mentoring, friendship and academic support.

The inaugural Student Wellness Day, open to Charleston-area fifth-graders, was held Friday at Appalachian Power Park.

It was organized by the nonprofit Keep Your Faith Corporation and the Education Elevators program. The event was offered free for students.

The family and friends of Tom McJunkin ’70, ’74L knew him as a champion for education and community building in his hometown of Charleston, W.Va. Those passions compose a legacy he also wanted to leave his beloved alma mater. Shortly before his death in October 2011, he established the McJunkin Endowment for Student Engagement.

The Jackson Kelly Education Elevators Program (JKEEP) which recently commemorated its fourth anniversary, is celebrating again. This time, it’s because there is an upcoming dedication of brand new space within Piedmont Elementary called the “Elevator Innovation Zone”. Among Jackson Kelly personnel and other community leaders, Gayle Manchin (the wife of United States Senator Joe Manchin) and West Virginia Senators Dan Foster and Brooks McCabe are scheduled to attend the dedication on June 20, 2012 at 6 p.m

Acting on his belief that businesses must take a leadership role in fostering local education, Jackson Kelly attorney Thomas McJunkin founded the JKEEP mentoring program in 2008 in partnership with Piedmont Elementary. McJunkin, a former partner at Jackson Kelly, passed away late last year but was known for his continual involvement in the community and for advocating the importance of education. He has been fondly dubbed the JKEEP Flight Commander.

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