Capito receives School Health Award and visits the ChalleNGe Academy

BELLE/MONTGOMERY, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) today traveled to Kanawha and Fayette Counties where she toured the School Health Clinic at Riverside High School, met with local leaders and received a visit of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy South Campus.

First, Senator Capito traveled to Belle, WV, where she visited the School Health Clinic at Riverside High School and received the National School’s “School Health Champion” award. -Based Health Alliance.

“From primary care to mental health services and even addiction counseling, our school-based clinics have proven to be an invaluable resource for youth in West Virginia communities. I am honored to receive this award and proud to support their efforts. I will continue to be a champion for the important work they do and provide legislative solutions that provide the resources they need to operate effectively and efficiently,”
Senator Capito said.

Senator Capito then toured the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy South Campus where she toured the academy and met with West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) Deputy General Bill Crane, WVNG leadership, the direction of the academy and the cadets. Through her role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Capito has made it a priority to advocate for funding for the National Guard, particularly for the ChalleNGe Academies in West Virginia. In January 2020, Senator Capito
wrote a letter of support for the WVNG’s proposal to open the Montgomery ChalleNGe Academy, which is the second location in the state and opened in October 2020.

“The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy has proven to be an invaluable resource in our state, providing at-risk youth in West Virginia the opportunity to complete their basic education and gain the skills necessary to become contributing members of our communities” ,
Senator Capito said. “I am delighted to see our operation in the South thrive, and I look forward to continuing to work with the dedicated leadership to ensure the program continues to have the positive impact it has had on young people at risk of our state.”

“I am so grateful for Senator Capito’s visit today and his unwavering support of the Youth Challenge program and our Mountaineer Challenge programs here in West Virginia. Thanks to the efforts of our governor and members of our congressional delegation, we now have our second academy here in Montgomery, giving us the opportunity to help more at-risk youth in the Mountain State,”
Bill Crane, deputy general of the West Virginia National Guard, said.

While in Montgomery, Senator Capito met with Smithers, WV Mayor Anne Cavalier and Montgomery, WV Mayor Greg Ingram at the Fruits of Labor Café, where they discussed various issues, including local economic development and infrastructure projects. Senator Capito also traveled to Smithers with Mayor Cavalier, where she met with members of the WVNG who are leading recovery efforts following recent flooding in the Upper Kanawha Valley.

Photos from today’s tours included below:

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) visits the Riverside High School Health Clinic in Belle, W.Va. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) tours the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy South Campus in Montgomery, W.Va. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

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