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Board approves Quioccasin Middle School as Byrd’s new name

Vote ends lengthy process
APRIL 28, 9 P.M. – By a 3-0 vote (with one abstention and one absence), the Henrico County School Board Thursday night renamed Byrd Middle School for the region in which it's located.

The board voted in support of Tuckahoe District member Lisa Marshall's suggestion of Quioccasin Middle School, a name that she said reflects more than just the road on which the school sits.

"Quioccasin is more than just a location," Marshall said. "It's also the name of the community with a rich cultural heritage in the Tuckahoe District. I'm confident that our community will support the name Quioccasin with the same level that they have shown the school to this date." > Read more.

2 Henrico student safety patrols honored


The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and AAA Mid-Atlantic honored 10 students – including two from Henrico – at its Outstanding School Safety Patrol Awards Luncheon in Richmond earlier this month.

The foundation received dozens of applications from schools throughout the Commonwealth and selected the top 10 nominees. The winners excelled in the areas of leadership, dependability, character and academics. Each student received a $100 gift card and plaque from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting May 5 to focus on public health, community engagement


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Thursday, May 5 to discuss public-health concerns for Henrico County and opportunities for community engagement.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Azalea Room at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Guests may arrive as early as 6 p.m. to explore the grounds at no cost. > Read more.
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Nuckols Farm ES teacher wins state science award


Nuckols Farm Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jaclyn Claytor recently won the 2015 Donna R. Sterling Exemplary Science Teaching Award. The $5,000 award, sponsored by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, is given annually to one teacher in Virginia and is awarded based upon the teacher’s description of the results of teaching a science unit of his or her choice.

In her award application, Claytor described a problem-based learning science unit about the Chesapeake Bay, which she developed and implemented with her students, who then presented plans and results to the lead scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. > Read more.

Poll: Virginians think prisons cost too much


Most Virginians agree that the prison population costs too much money, according to a recent poll by the Charles Koch Institute, an educational public-policy organization, and Prison Fellowship, a Christian nonprofit that advocates for criminal justice reform.

On Wednesday, the two groups hosted a panel of experts to discuss the poll results and fiscally responsible ways to both reform the prison system and make communities safer.

“In Virginia, there are actions that can be taken in the short run to dramatically improve our current justice system,” said Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow at the Koch Institute. “We can improve public safety, reduce costs and respect each individual’s dignity.” > Read more.

Home-schoolers ask governor to ‘Let Us Play’


Supporters of home-schooled students playing sports in public schools unleashed their secret weapon at the Virginia Capital on Wednesday – home-schoolers themselves.

Home-schooling advocates and their children gathered in the state Capitol to hear remarks from Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, and Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Lynchburg, the sponsors of legislation commonly called the “Tebow bill.”

Afterward, the home-schoolers and parents signed a large card urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to sign the legislation into law. The group presented the message to the front gate guard at the Governor’s Mansion. > Read more.

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Community

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.

YMCA branches to host ‘Healthy Kids Day’ Apr. 29-30


The YMCA of Greater Richmond will host its "Healthy Kids Day" April 29-30 at all local branches.

The event is part of the Y's national initiative to improve families' health and well-being.

Each event features games, healthy snacks, arts and crafts and physical activities, among other events. Its goal is to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Another great weekend of outdoor activities awaits you in Henrico! Walk MS, an annual charity run for multiple sclerosis, and the third annual Movin’ & Shakin’ 5K, to benefit the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, both take place in Innsbrook tomorrow. Another charity event, the CASA Superhero Run, will be held at St. Joseph’s Villa. On Sunday, live music can be found at Belmont Recreation Center, featuring the John Winn Quartet, and at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where pianist Sylvia Cooper will be performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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