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Ohio County Schools Starts Heather Schultz Scholarship

Photo Provided – Each October, Steenrod Elementary School raises money for breast cancer awareness efforts, and this year funds generated will go to the Heather Schultz Memorial Scholarship. Teachers Ann Railing, at right, and Jess Anderson, are shown with students active in the “Pink Out” effort. Pictured in front are Asaih Karrasch, left, and Ella Green. In back are students Avery Stidd and Olivia Hengler.

WHEELING – Ohio County Schools has established a scholarship to honor the memory of a teacher who died last year of breast cancer.

The Heather Schultz Memorial Scholarship will be open to former students of Schultz, as well as those students wishing to pursue a career benefitting children, said Raquel McLeod, student services director for Ohio County Schools. McLeod is a member of the scholarship board.

Schultz was a kindergarten teacher at Ritchie Elementary School when she died of breast cancer in October 2019. She was 42.

October is also breast cancer awareness month, and students and staff at Ritchie and other schools throughout Ohio County have been holding “pink outs” this month to raise money for the scholarship. They donate money to wear pink on the “pink out” days, with all money going to the scholarship.

“Those of us who were lucky enough to know Heather know her students weren’t just her students — they were like her very own children. And she loved making sure they were successful learners, and making sure they felt safe and were taken care of when they were in her classroom,” McLeod said.

“We wanted to honor her through this scholarship so that her memory will carry on for years to come.”

The scholarship committee includes Schultz’s husband, Bruce Schultz; Suzy Miller, kindergarten teacher at Ritchie; Allisha Lash, a life-long friend of Schultz; and McLeod.

“It’s great to see our school community come together in the memory of a dedicated teacher,” McLeod said. “We’re glad we can give back to her students through this scholarship.

“We think Heather would be very proud to see we are doing this.”

Those outside the school wishing to contribute to the scholarship may do so by contacting the Ohio County Schools central office at 304-243-0300.

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