Upper Kanawha Valley Today is a new 30-minute monthly TV show featuring organizations, events, and ALL good things happening in and around the upper Kanawha Valley of West Virginia.
The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications, Jim Strawn & Company, and Bridgevalley Community and Technical College.
The show airs daily at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.
This month’s show will air June 25, 2018 – July 2, 2018 and features the Booker T. Washington Community Center and the Upper Kanawha Valley Sport & Activities Center.
We interviewed Bobby Saunders, President of UKVSAC, about the exciting programs going on there.
He talked about their goal. Since its inception, almost three years ago UKVSAC has been to have a positive impact on any individual that wishes to participate in any or all the activities that are being offered at the Booker T. Washington Community Center.
They have in place activities for the youth on Saturdays, open gym for youth and adults, corn hole league, rooms that are being utilized by the American Red Cross Veteran Support Group, polling facility for the elections, exercise, creative arts class which are teaching youth how to write poetry, use audio and visual equipment, mix and write music. Rooms are currently being rented by individuals and groups for private meetings and parties.
Their future goals are to: provide an after-school program, tutoring, GED classes, computer learning for adults, disaster preparedness/shelter-in-place facility, CPR courses, anti-drug education and support groups such as AA and NA as well as possible out-patient mental health and drug addiction services, health fairs, concerts, soccer, youth/adult basketball leagues, instructional volleyball, little league baseball, softball, and yoga/Zumba fitness classes.
The Booker T. Washington Community Center began as the first Black High School in the Upper Kanawha Valley in December, 1925. It remained so until 1956 when Cedar Grove High School was built. In 1956, the school was integrated and became Grant Junior High and Elementary School. Later, the school became Grant Elementary when Cedar Grove High was expanded to include grades 7-12. Grant Elementary continued to serve the Riverside, Hugheston, London and Cannelton until 1985, when all of the students transferred to Cedar Grove Community School Grades K-9.
To learn more about the center, call 304-981-5676.
The address is 24 Wyatt Street London, WV 25126.
If you would like to learn more about the Upper Kanawha Valley Today TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.