BELLE/MONTGOMERY, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today traveled to Kanawha and Fayette counties where she visited Riverside High School’s school-based health clinic, met with local leaders, and received a tour of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy South Campus.

First, Senator Capito visited Belle, W.Va. where she toured Riverside High School’s school-based health clinic and received the National School-Based Health Alliance’s “School-Based Health Champion” award.

“From primary care, to mental health services, and even substance abuse counseling, our school-based clinics have proven to be an invaluable resource for youth in communities across West Virginia. I’m 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 offer legislative solutions that provide the resources they need to operate efficiently and effectively,”
Senator Capito said.

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

“The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy has proven to be a priceless resource in our state, providing at-risk youth West Virginians the opportunity to finish their basic education and gain the skills necessary to become contributing members of our communities,”
Senator Capito said. “I’m thrilled to see our South operation thriving, and I look forward to continuing working together with the dedicated leadership to ensure that the program continues to have the positive impact it has had on the at-risk youth of our state.”

“I am so grateful for Senator Capito’s visit today and her unwavering support of the Youth ChalleNGe Program and our Mountaineer ChalleNGe Programs here in West Virginia. Through the efforts of our Governor and members of our Congressional delegation, we now have our second academy here in Montgomery, giving us the ability to help more at-risk youth in the Mountain State,”
West Virginia National Guard Adjunct General, Bill Crane, said.

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

Photos from today’s visits included below:

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) visits the Riverside High School school-based health clinic in Belle, W.Va. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

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


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