Mr. Wheat is a lifelong resident of Hopewell and has been a teacher in the City of Hopewell Public School system since 2003. Mr. Wheat has been described as a positive mentor to his students, and an all-around amazing person. He sends out a positive email to each of his students every day, and is consistently a support for parents who are struggling, and need advice. He is admired for his honesty, willingness to help, and for being very humble. Furthermore, Mr. Wheat will oftentimes donate his personal funds to the school system, to help with many programs. He always goes above and beyond to ensure our youth are supported and well taken care of. Mr. Wheat’s selfless commitment to the community is hereby recognized by the Hopewell Police Department and the Chief’s Advisory Committee as the January 2021 Citizen of the Month.
Mr. Silver has been a resident of the City of Hopewell for over 30 years. He spent a career in education, teaching special education at the City of Petersburg Public Schools. Now retired, Mr. Silver spends much of his time active in our community; specifically as the Chair of “Keep Hopewell Beautiful.” Over the last 10 years, he has volunteered his time to clean-up neighborhoods and other areas throughout the city. As an active member in the Neighborhood Watch program, Mr. Silver assisted in organizing fundraisers to provide one male and one female high school student with a $1000.00 scholarship. Mr. Silver’s selfless commitment to the community is hereby recognized by the Hopewell Police Department and the Chief’s Advisory Committee as the February 2021 Citizen of the Month.
Dr. Jane McCullen has been a resident of Hopewell since 1957. Dr. McCullen has devoted her entire life to education. She taught elementary school in the Hopewell Public School System and retired in 1996 as Assistant Superintendent, after 41 years of service. She was also a College Professor at William & Mary, Virginia State University, and the University of Virginia, as well as past President of Reading Is Fundamental. Dr. McCullen is a board member of the Hopewell Public School Foundation, which offers teachers grant money to encourage innovative teaching methods. She is a charter member of the Hopewell Twinning Association, our Sister City of Ashford, Kent, England. One of Mrs. McCullen’s passions is preserving the history of Hopewell’s homes. As President, and now Trustee since 2006, of the Historic Hopewell Foundation, she has been an active member in the preservation of Weston Manor and other homes throughout the city. Dr. McCullen’s participation as one of the founding members of Petersburg Area Regional Tourism has helped make Weston Manor a part of the tourism program in Hopewell. Dr. McCullen’s personality is one of kindness, generosity and making everyone’s life around her better. After her many years of dedication to Hopewell, she remains very active on other boards and committees. Dr. McCullen’s selfless commitment to the community is hereby recognized by the Hopewell Police Department and the Chief’s Advisory Committee as the March 2021 Citizen of the Month.
Andrew Coleman is a student at Hopewell High School. Early in life, Andrew struggled with learning disabilities and through determination was able to ensure obstacles would never define him as a person. Andrew saw this as an opportunity and decided to author a children’s book. In this children’s book, his artwork caught the eyes of many; even winning a first place award in the Keep Hopewell Beautiful Contest. During his time in High School, the football coach and team members chose Andrew to be the team manager. It is said that Andrew is the Blue Devil’s biggest supporter. In the 9th grade, Andrew completed the criminal justice program. His excellence in the subject earned him the chance to compete against other schools in the district in the Battle of Brains for Criminal Justice. Further academic success earned him a seat in the Beta and National Honor Society. Andrew continues his passion for service and criminal justice, while serving on the Hopewell Sheriff’s Explorer program. During this time he has volunteered many hours, giving back to the community. Andrew’s positivity and kindness is infectious, and he is a shining example to not only the youth in our community, but to all, by showing that nothing is impossible to overcome. Mr. Coleman is hereby recognized by the Hopewell Police Department and the Chief’s Advisory Committee as the April 2021 Citizen of the Month.
Ms. Donna Lott has been a long-time advocate for the City of Hopewell. Over the years, Ms. Lott has spent countless hours volunteering with city clean-up and trash pick-up events. As a supporter of Law Enforcement and a safe community, she stays up-to-date with current crime trends, and will not hesitate to notify authorities of illegal activity. Her neighbors often come directly to her with concerns and she acts as the liaison between the community and police. She has never been afraid to appear before City leaders and speak up on any issue affecting the citizens. Ms. Lott also has a deep care for our veteran community. She spends much of her free time providing transportation for veterans to the VA hospital. She is extremely kind and generous, and deserves recognition for all she does for our community. Ms. Donna Lott is hereby recognized by the Hopewell Police Department and the Chief’s Advisory Committee as the May 2021 Citizen of the Month.
Ms. Linda Hyslop has devoted her life as an educational advocate for the City of Hopewell Public School system, even after her retirement. She is highly respected as a teacher, Assistant School Superintendent, and currently, she is a member of the City of Hopewell School Board. Ms. Hyslop has been a great influence to many children that have come through the school system, and she is well known throughout the community for her generous spirit and loving heart. She also served many years participating with the Hopewell Prince George Crime Solvers program. Ms. Linda Hyslop is hereby recognized by the Hopewell Police Department and the Chief’s Advisory Committee as the June 2021 Citizen of the Month.
Mr. D’Archie Lewis currently works as the lead instructor for the City of Refuge Recovery Center in the City of Hopewell. He has devoted his latter years to helping those who struggle with addiction. It is his hope that he can be the change agent that saves lives, and helps to improve the overall health of this community. He is a positive role model that is looked upon as a shining example. Mr. Lewis overcame many obstacles himself, and he strives to be a champion for others. He continues to lead efforts to bridge the gap between the Hopewell Police Department and the community to address crime and disorder. Mr. D’Archie Lewis is hereby recognized by the Hopewell Police Department and the Chief’s Advisory Committee as the July 2021 Citizen of the Month.