Bridge Builders Project Moving Forward – Farmville

The “Bridge Builders” project is moving forward

Posted at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The goal is to build bridges in Prince Edward County, work with other students and meet community needs. The project, which began earlier this fall, is already having an impact, as four juniors from Prince Edward County High told the school board on Wednesday, November 9.

TiOnna Dupuy, Nia Davis, Sylvia Hemmer and Layla Edmonds are part of the Bridge Builders program with the Moton Museum. These four young women are in the first of many classes, hopefully, to participate in this program.

Bridge Builders is a community of young college students who want to come together to encourage unity and create a better future for schools, the community, and the county. This program will help students from Prince Edward County High School and Fuqua School build stronger relationships, help the Moton Museum, create a legacy project and win a $1,000 college scholarship $.

“We hope this program can continue beyond our classroom so that we can continue to not only learn the history of Prince Edward, but also grow closer to Fuqua in the process,” said Layla Edmonds.

As juniors, the four students participate in the fundamental course. Meanwhile, students meet Monday and Wednesday mornings at the museum and virtually other mornings to learn about the history of Prince Edward County, and worked with the museum’s Dr. Larissa Smith, Cameron Patterson and Cainan Townsend .

Participating students also heard from guest speakers including Joan John Cobbs, sister of Barbara Johns, and attended field trips to the state capitol in Richmond to see the Barbara Johns Civil Rights Monument and the Virginia Museum of History. and Culture.


The next part of the program includes 10 hours of community service before completing their legacy project at the end of their senior year. These heritage projects give students the opportunity to tackle a real problem in Prince Edward County and find a solution. The four young women have already chosen their topics and are developing plans to implement their vision to improve Prince Edward County.

“Each issue we have chosen is a current issue in Prince Edward County,” said Nia Davis. “To find solutions, we interview experts and do extensive research. As a group, we hope that our heritage projects will have a lasting impact in our community and continue for generations to come.

Nia Davis plans to create a tutoring system to help students who have fallen behind while learning the COVID-19 lockdown virtually. She hopes a tutoring service can help these and other students catch up and succeed in their studies.

Sylvia Hemmer plans to focus on addressing food insecurity in the county. She plans to work with Prince Edward County Public Schools Food Services Supervisor Bruce Davis to set up something to reduce food waste and bring a group of people together to create a school garden.

“I really learned about the poverty rate in Prince Edward County, which I didn’t know, I believe it’s 26 or 27 percent and that was a shock to me,” she said.

Layla Edmonds plans to have her project on volunteering. She plans to create a group of dedicated volunteers who will be ready and willing to step in and help various nonprofit organizations when needed.

TiOnna Dupuy’s project addresses the lack of health care resources in Farmville. She hopes to create a plan to bring more dentists and doctors to the city as she and many others have to travel for simple appointments.

“I just want my health care in Farmville so I don’t have to go to Richmond or Lynchburg just to clean my teeth or get my eyes checked and I can get it here,” she said.

According to the four students, Bridge Builders was an eye-opening experience that they thoroughly enjoyed participating in. They look forward to continuing and encouraging younger classes to consider joining in the future.

“We haven’t spoken to anyone [underclassmen] at the moment, but we plan to do so as the semester continues to encourage 10th and 9th graders to apply,” said Nia Davis.

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