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Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe will represent Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.
Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, will be accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and will be joining approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady will greet the students, then they will harvest vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoy a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/02/2015 Features
Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."
Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor • Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen EducationHenrico's Top Teachers - 2015
Inspiration can come at any time, and in any form. For Beverly Brown, it came in a fourth-grade classroom.
Her teacher that year rewarded the class by reading another chapter from Little House on the Prarie aloud each time students behaved well.
“That made me excited,” Brown recalled. “I went through school with a love of history – reading and history. I wanted to instill that in children.”
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Beth Tubb has taught at the elementary, middle and high-school levels, but kindergarten is where she found her greatest passion.
Tubb most recently spent seven years at Ashe Elementary, including the last two as a kindergarten teacher.
“I really loved teaching kids to read,” she said. “In kindergarten, when you see that lightbulb go off in their heads – I never got tired of that. I feel like knowledge is power, and kindergarten is the most important year of all the years. Without reading, what else are you going to be able to accomplish?” > Read more.
Audra Yerian never thought she’d end up teaching, but once she started, there was little doubt about which direction her career in education would head. She’s spent all nine years of it teaching kindergarten in Henrico – first at Jackson Davis Elementary, and for the past two years at Sandston Elementary.
“I absolutely love teaching reading,” Yerian said, explaining why she can’t imagine teaching any other grade level. “I feel like that is my passion. I feel strongly about ensuring that kids leave my room at the age of five or six being able to put a book in their hands and say ‘I can read.’ It’s an incredible thing to be able to empower kids to do.”
Yerian finds satisfaction and a sense of achievement in helping students who possess widely varying academic skill sets in September reach the same end point by June.
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By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor • Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen EducationHenrico's Top Teachers - 2015
As a student athlete (swimmer and soccer player) growing up in Pennsylvania, Michael Jiancristoforo was inspired and motivated by a number of coaches and teachers.
At home, he was influenced by family members who were educators as well, and who helped develop his deep appreciation of the impact teachers can have on students’ lives.
Not surprisingly, those positive experiences with school and sports inspired a desire to have a similar impact on others – and motivated Jiancristoforo to become a teacher and coach himself.
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The Richmond Antique Extravaganza Show and Sale brought antiques and rare collectibles to Henrico for the 28th year Jan. 17-19 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The event attracted more than 80 dealers from Florida to New England, offering old prints, China, toys, children books and small furniture pieces among many others.
At right, vendor Rebecca of Richmond sought enthusiasts of Japanese collectibles, like the rare, 100-year-old half-carp, half-dragon incense burner shown. > Read more.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Richmond International Raceway are teaming to host the inaugural Turn Left Golf Classic at The Dominion Club in Wyndham June 2. The charity golf event strengthens the partnership between the organizations and will equally benefit the charity arms of both, Richmond International Raceway Cares and Flying Squirrels Charities.
The event was named because the common denominator between the two organizations is competitors turning left during competition. (Drivers turn left at “America’s Premier Short Track,” and base runners turn left as they round the bases at The Diamond.) > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/24/2014
The AARP Foundation will provide free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, beginning in February. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to those 60 and older. Participants do not need to be members of AARP or retirees to use this free service.
“Tax-Aide provides a valuable service for taxpayers in the Commonwealth,” said AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio. “It couldn’t be done without the nearly 1,200 dedicated volunteers who work hard to make it happen.” > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
Ukulele aficionados will definitely love this weekend’s third annual UkeFest VA at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. There will be concerts, workshops, open-mic and jam sessions, vendors and more. Other concerts this weekend are at Glen Allen Library with Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner and the Tuckahoe Moose Lodge for the Dominion School for Autism benefit fundraiser. Another fundraiser is a Brunswick Stew Sale to benefit the Kiwanis Club of North Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen unveiled a new exhibit – “Heart of the Horse” – Nov. 1 in the Slantwall Gallery.
The exhibit will run through the end of the month and features photorealistic paintings and abstracts by artist Willa Frayser.
The exhibit is free and open to the public for all ages.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is located at 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. > Read more.
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CalendarVarina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold Community Conversations meetings on June 1 at 7 p.m. at Dorey Park Recreation Center; and on June 2 at 2 p.m. at… Full text