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West Virginia Wesleyan Pays it Forward, Donates Microscopes to Pocahontas County High School

Sep 25, 2020

BUCKHANNON, WV – West Virginia Wesleyan College donated 24 American Optical Series 10 microscopes to the science department at Pocahontas County High School today in an effort to ‘pay it forward’ and support science curriculum in West Virginia high schools. The microscopes were presented to Chloe Bland (‘16), a science teacher at Pocahontas County High School, by Dr. Kimberly Bjorgo-Thorne, Chair of the College’s Faculty and an Associate Professor of Biology.

“West Virginia Wesleyan is proud to support furthering science education in West Virginia high schools with the donation of these microscopes,” Bjorgo-Thorne said. “We want to do our part to pay it forward and support excellence in education and hope these American Optical Series 10 microscopes will be a valued resource.”

“On behalf of our students at Pocahontas County High School, I appreciate West Virginia Wesleyan’s generous donation,” Bland said. “These microscopes will enhance our scientific learning environment. I am so thankful to be an alumni of the College because they continue to support you even after you graduate.”

Joseph Riley, principal of Pocahontas County High School echoed Bland’s appreciation.

“I would like to extend my appreciation and thanks to West Virginia Wesleyan for their generous donation of microscopes to the Pocahontas County High School Science Department,” Riley said. “The science department is pushing for more hands-on activities and experimentation within their science classes, which allows students to visualize what is being taught as well as creating critical thinking and problem solving skills.”

Riley added, “Through the generosity of West Virginia Wesleyan, we now have more tools in our science department to make this experience happen. Thank you for thinking of our students in your paying it forward project.”

The donated microscopes were replaced earlier this year by a generous donation by alumni and friends of the College as part of a fundraising effort in memory of the late Allison Hull (‘87), who was a Biology professor at West Virginia Wesleyan from 2007 – 2019.


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit