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Citizens urge increased reading focus

Hundreds petition HCPS for Eastern Henrico pilot program; but system says efforts began in 2013

Charging that they’ve been lied to repeatedly by public officials, organizers of a community meeting in Eastern Henrico May 2 criticized the Henrico County Public Schools system and demanded changes to the way county schools teach students to read.

At the Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, speakers from RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community) called for immediate action by HCPS to address the struggles of thousands of children in Eastern Henrico schools who they said are not learning how to read. Before an audience of about 500 people, speakers argued that the school system’s current attempts to address the issue are failing miserably. > Read more.

Gearing up

Photos courtesy Megan Heath

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton greets a young cyclist (above) during the Pedal and Gears bike event, held in Lakeside April 30. The event featured a free family-friendly bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Northside, a bike safety demonstration, live music, food and vendors. It was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association. > Read more.

Welcome home


As the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) celebrates its 170th year of service to at-risk children, alumni gathered April 29 at the VHBG campus on West Broad Street to reminisce.

For some, like Mike Creech (pictured in center), it was their first step back in nearly 40 years. As a child, Creech bounced around in foster care for four years before finally landing at VHBG (then called the Richmond Home for Boys) in 1975 at age 11. Creech was recalling his fond memories of the people who worked at VHBG, how they taught him to be responsible, how they made him feel like family and that he called them “Mom” and “Pop.” > Read more.
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Collegiate to host TEDxYouth@RVA


For the second year, TEDxYouth@RVA will be one of hundreds of youth events happening as part of TEDYouth Day 2015. Beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Collegiate School, a diverse selection of speakers will contribute to the theme “Made in the Future.”

Among the speakers will be Aidan Brown, Moody Middle IB student; Emma Callaghan, Hermitage H.S. Center for Humanities sophomore; Luke Tyson, Collegiate School eighth grader; John Marshall, Glen Allen H.S. administrator; Justin Graves, Virginia Tech graduate; May Donahue, Collegiate senior; Craig Dodson, founder and director of Richmond Cycling Corps; Daniel Bartles, STEM coordinator at Collegiate; Dominic Barrett; executive director of Shalom Farms; Sara Surface, University of Virginia senior; Hillary Zell, designer and printmaker; Garth Callaghan, founder of Napkin Notes; and Joshua Bailey, co-founder and CEO of the Gray Haven Project. > Read more.

Extension Office to host open house Nov. 17


The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Tuesday, Nov. 17 to highlight its range of programs and services and its work with community partners to address local needs.

The open house will feature activities, educational displays and prizes. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to FeedMore, which provides hunger relief in central Virginia. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Association walk raises more than $418,000


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 7 in Innsbrook raised more than $418,000 for Alzheimer’s care support programs, and research, according to organizers.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of three walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond; the others were held in Urbanna Sept. 19 and in Fredericksburg Sept. 26. > Read more.

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Community

Anthem LemonAid registration opens


Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.

Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.

“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.

Richmond Solar Co-op sign ups end April 30


The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.

“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.
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