About: The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation

The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation was established in the early 1990s by a notable alumnus, the late E. Franklin Warner. After the loss of Warner’s leadership following his death in 2003, the Foundation was revived by a group of alumni. The Board of Directors conceived the plan to rehabilitate the building as the county’s Senior Citizen Center, with dual use as a Heritage Center working to educate the public about the history of the school and the community it served.

The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation is a Tax exempt 501(c)(3).

Scrabble School reopened on May 2, 2009. 

Architects: Rowen Barton Studio, Charlottesville

Construction:  Dink’s Construction, Harrisburg.

In memory of The Reverend Anna Alsberry, who served until her death, February 7, 2010.


Staff


Susanna Spencer, Program Director


Board of Directors


Nan Butler Roberts, President

Scrabble School alumna. An analyst for Fairfax County, Virginia, Nan is also active in numerous community organizations. She joined the SSPF board in 2013.

Melanie Kopjanski, Vice President

Scrabble School alumna. Melanie attended Scrabble during 1967-68—the only year the school was integrated and during which it was for first-grade students only. Her family has deep roots in Rappahannock County and she works with the family cattle business. She rejoined the board in 2016, after serving as president in 2010.

Lillian F. Aylor, Treasurer

Alumna of the Rosenwald School in Little Washington. She is employed by Mount Vernon Farms and is also a board member of the Aging Coalition and the Rappahannock Historical Society.

Ellen Timbers, Secretary

Scrabble School alumna. Clerk of Shiloh Baptist Church in Woodville, Virginia, and an organizer of the annual Rappahannock County Relay for Life.

And in alphabetical order:

James Allsberry

Alumnus of the Rosenwald School in Flint Hill, VA. He joined the board in 2010, replacing his wife Reverend Anna Allsberry, a Scrabble alumna. He is active in many community organizations.

Leslie Daniel

Les joined the SSPF board in 2016. He grew up in Orange County, VA, and attended George Washington Carver High School—which served the African-American students from Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, and Orange counties until the schools were integrated. He is the treasurer and historian of the GWC Alumni Association.

Stephanie Deutsch

Author, You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South (Northwestern University Press, 2011). Married to a great-grandson of Rosenwald, Stephanie is very active in the Rosenwald School community.  She lives in Washington, DC, and is also on the board of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

Estelle J. Lewis

Scrabble School alumna.  Estelle retired in 2015 as a Rehabilitation Specialist for the Rapidan-Rappahannock Community Services Board.  She is a member of the Deacons Board and President of Missionaries for Shiloh Baptist Church.

Irene Timbers

Scrabble School alumna and regular visitor to the Senior Center.

Past Presidents


Robert J. Lander, President, 2003-2009, 2011-2015

As president of Scrabble School Preservation Foundation, Bob was directly responsible for the school’s historic property’s restoration and creation of exhibit. He has played leadership roles in several organizations since retiring to Rappahannock County.

Melanie Thornhill Kopjanski, 2010

Emeritus


Patricia Saltonstall

Retired journalist whose column "Diplomatically Speaking" appeared in the Washington Star.

Mission

The Mission of the Scrabble School Foundation is to preserve the Scrabble School and to share its legacy through educational programs.