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Auditorium to be named for former teacher

May 06, 2002

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Wright Denny Elementary School auditorium in Charles Town, W.Va., will be named for former teacher Betty Roper during a 2 p.m. ceremony Sunday.

Roper taught for 41 years, mostly in Jefferson County.

A program of music, speakers and the unveiling of a portrait is planned for the auditorium dedication ceremony.

Roper was born Betty Daniels in Elkins, W.Va. She graduated in 1946 from Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., with a degree in Home Economics and began her teaching career in Mineral County, W.Va.

When she moved to Charles Town, she taught at Eagle Avenue School and Page Jackson School before becoming a fifth-grade teacher at Wright Denny. She took graduate courses at Bluefield State and Howard University to get her elementary certificate.

She also was a basketball coach for many years.

Roper was active with the NAACP and Wainwright Baptist Church. She was married to local businessman Russell Roper and had three children, Sharon, Debra and Mark.

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