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Governor Northam Signs SB775
Kecoughtan High School was the host of the bill signing where local city officials and some of the students, faculty, and staff of Kecoughtan gathered to witness Governor Ralph Northam sign SB775. This bill affects the military community in a huge manner. It allows military families to enroll their children in a school of permanent residence, regardless if they are living in temporary housing, without having to pay tuition to the school district. After the bill signing, Governor Northam answered questions from the students.
Election Day at the Polls

Earlier this week, residents from the City of Hampton went to the polls in their respective precincts to vote for their choices of School Board and City Council representatives. My name may not have been on the ballot, but I did my usual tour at the polls. I visited the majority of my district's precincts and handed out snacks to the volunteers who worked hard handing out literature and making sure residents were prepared to vote. Notice how all the poll workers came together for a precinct photo. It never matters which candidate they were supporting. They seemed to bond throughout the day. Poll workers are a hardy bunch. They provide a valuable service. It’s an honor to provide a little refreshment during the day.

Congratulations to City Council incumbent member Jimmy Gay, and the newly elected members Eleanor Brown and Steve Brown.

Congratulations to the Hampton School Board incumbents Jason Samuels and Joe Kilgore and newly elected Richard Mason.

Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking Ceremony
Thursday, May 3, 2018 Along with other city official, including Mayor Donnie Tuck, I attended a Groundbreaking  Ceremony in Hampton hosted by Habitat for Humanity. Wells Fargo is their building partner for this new home and attended the ceremony. The excited homeowner-to-be- is Lisa Mittoo who was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to the United States in 2004 at the age of 16. Lisa has worked at the Riverside Health Systems since 2011, where she shares her love of caring for the elderly as a Certified Nurse's Assistant. Lisa has a 6-year old daughter, who attends kindergarten at Hunter B. Andrews Elementary School where she is a part of the reading club. 

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is a non-profit home-building organization. Habitat homes are made possible by sponsorship and volunteer labor, including 40 hours of "sweat equity" the home buyer must provide. Habitat home buyers must have income between 45-80% of the area median income, excellent credit and ability to pay for their new Habitat home. Habitat homes are sold at no profit with a zero-interest, 20 to 30-year mortgaged carried by Habitat. Monthly mortgage payments are then recycled to build more habitat homes. For more information on Habitat for Humanity, visit their site at
Secretary of Education

I attended a Dinner and Education Policy Discussion with President Obama’s Secretary of Education, John King. The discussion centered around discipline and student success. Great discussion and very enlightening.

Still signing...3 Schools Remaining
I only have a few schools remaining to sign the letters and certificates and deliver them. Not only is each letter and certificate individualized based on the students' grades, but they are all personally signed by me.
Reminder: If your student lives in the 92HD, has earned honor roll, but did not receive a letter or certificate, it is probably because the school is located in a different house district. There is no way to determine if a student lives in a particular district, so we base it on the location of the school. However, if you live in the 92HD and your child earned honor roll, please let me know and I will gladly send a letter of acknowledgement. 
Hampton University Celebrates 150 Years

I attended the 150th Anniversary and the 40 years of leadership of university president, Dr. William R. Harvey at the Hampton University Anniversary Gala Saturday, April 28th at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. It was evening of entertainment, history, and shared memories, celebrating the legacy of this world-class institution and a legend of excellence in business and higher education. Rich in history, steeped in tradition, Hampton University is a dynamic, progressive institution of higher education, providing a broad range of technical, liberal arts, and graduate degree programs.

May 12th: Save the Date for NALC 26th Annual
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 
Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single day food drive in the nation. The NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers) delivers and collects mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations that go to local food pantries.  

To take part, just set out non-perishable food at your mailbox before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. This year, the most commonly requested items include: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry). 
All the best, 

Delegate Jeion (ja-WAN) Ward
Authorized by J Ward for Delegate
Copyright © 2018 Jeion Ward for Delegate, All rights reserved.

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