2018 Molasses Festival Parade Marshall - Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas has been chosen as the 2018 Molasses Festival Parade Marshall. He has been the principal at Arnoldsburg Elementary for the past three years. Mr Thomas came to the county in 1985, as a teacher at Minnora Elementary School. He began his teaching career instructing math to fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grades at Minnora.

He was transferred to Arnoldsburg Elementary during the consolidation of Arnoldsburg and Minnora. During his career, he has taught math, third grade, first grade, and was the Academic Coach and Program Coordinator for Save the Children.

Mr. Thomas is married to Earlene Crawford Thomas, daughter of the late Earl and Beulah Crawford, formerly of Grantsville. Together they have five children, Emily (Jacob) Wagoner of Morgantown; Dana (Juston) Ferrell of Chloe; Joseph Thomas of Fairmont; Bryan and Travis Thomas of Chloe. They have three grandchildren, Melanie Ferrell of Chloe and Lorelei and Paul Wagoner of Morgantown.

Mr. Thomas is the son of Joseph and Melanie Thomas of Bridgeport. He resides at Chloe in a home that he and his father built. He has been very involved in the community since moving to Calhoun, while establishing the West Fork Mountaineers 4-H Club many years ago to presently being the Scout Master of Arnoldsburg Boy Scout Troop 430.

He was instrumental in developing the greenhouse project at Arnoldsburg Elementary and assisting the Community Liaison Coordinator with community gardens project. He is a member of the Word of Faith Fellowship Church in Spencer.

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