Parkwood School founder lauded

Clarene Vickery reacts to well-wishers during her recent 100th-birthday party in Vienna.

A celebration of the 100th birthday of Vienna educator Clarene Vickery went on despite rainstorms, with those in attendance honoring Vickery’s 62 years running Parkwood School.

Messages of commendation came from U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly and state Sen. Chap Petersen.

“I commend you for the many contributions you have made over the course of your life, your commitment to helping others, and the fine example you have set for us all on how to lead a resourceful and meaningful life,” Kaine said via letter.

At the event, personal tributes arrived from Del. Mark Keam and Vienna Mayor Laurie DiRocco.

“In Vienna, this is a very big deal,” DiRocco said.

A large number of current and former Parkwood students were on hand to express their affection. Since its founding more than six decades ago, Parkwood School has served more than 10,000 students.

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