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Coming Full Circle

Posted On: 11/21/2016 11:47 AM

Written by Journalism students, Christopher Kendall and Regan Ware

Written by Journalism students, Christopher Kendall and Regan Ware

The wheels on the bus go around and round all through the town of Halifax on its way to Fuqua School in Farmville, much like the pursuit of the best possible education in Southside Virginia has come full circle for the Layne family
The seven-stop bus route between Halifax and Prince Edward Counties is about an hour and a half one way. Students take this bus ride to and from Fuqua School twice a day with Forrest Layne as their bus driver.
Forrest Layne graduated from Prince Edward Academy (now Fuqua School) in 1988. He then returned to the school in 2013 to teach art the year his son, Joel, was starting school. Layne’s wife is currently a teacher at Halifax County Public Schools. Layne teaches prekindergarten through twelfth grade art classes. He also tutors several students during school to further their knowledge of art.
“I have a fondness for this school, as do many alumni, I wanted to reconnect with the school and I was interested in seeing what a small school setting had to offer teachers and students,” said Layne.
Students are immersed in the arts early in their schooling as they begin studying music, Spanish, and art in prekindergarten. Theatre, art, creative writing, and band are offered in the Middle School. Journalism and Film Studies are additional electives offered in the Upper School, furthering students’ knowledge of the arts.
Layne chose to send his son, Joel, to Fuqua because he felt a fondness for the school and wanted his son to attend the same school he attended twenty-five years ago. Fuqua also offers smaller class sizes, which was a dealmaker for Layne.
“Being a teacher and a parent at Fuqua has many advantages. At Fuqua, almost everybody knows everybody at school, and because of that everybody helps teach and nurture a student all the way from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. The classes are small, which means there is more one-on-one time between the teacher and the student. There is also not as much stress on standardized test taking,” said Layne.
On the bus ride, Layne picks up around twenty-five students on his way from Halifax County, and looks to fill the bus with more Halifax students.
“The commute has turned out to be a non-issue, my bus goes out no earlier than any Halifax County bus, and the kids enjoy that social time on the bus.” said Layne.
Fuqua offers individual and team sports including volleyball, football, cheerleading, cross country, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, soccer, tennis, golf, track, baseball, and softball.
“For such a small school, there is so much offered from music, art, sports and the superb academics. All offered in a positive environment.” said Layne.

Pictured is Fuqua School Art Teacher, Mr. Forrest Layne, reviewing a chair design with Sophomore Amber Bruce.

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