10 Henrico Teachers Earn REB Awards

Ten Henrico County Public Schools teachers were honored with 2010 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence for demonstrated excellence in the classroom. Out of 148 applications, 31 teachers in the metro Richmond area were named finalists for the award, and a total of 18 teachers were selected as winners. The winners will receive direct cash grants to explore postgraduate studies, attend professional workshops or experience world travel. Winners are expected to convey their educational experiences to their students.

The Henrico County Public Schools' winners were:
• Wendy L. Bowles, Rivers Edge Elementary School, Second Grade
• Frank Harvey Chlorie III, Elko Middle School, Band
• Jack M. Clark, Hungary Creek Middle School, Physical Science
• Constance K. Fuller, Deep Run High School, English
• Robert Clyde Lotze, Moody Middle School, Math
• Todd Allen Phillips, Godwin High School, AP Statistics/Math
• Heather Jane Reid, Echo Lake Elementary School, Fifth Grade
• James Harvey Stone, Glen Allen High School, Government/Humanities Center at Hermitage HS
• Deborah Ann Waldenmaier, Colonial Trail Elementary School, Third Grade
• Jane Hamner Williams, Hungary Creek Middle School, Math

HCPS finalists were:
• Veronica Johnson, Byrd Middle School, Strings
• Jimmi Dineen Fender, Henrico High School, Earth Science
• Anthony DiTrapani, Springfield Park Elementary School, Fourth Grade
• Melanie Moore, Springfield Park Elementary School, Fourth Grade
• Helen Archer, Tuckahoe Elementary School, Kindergarten
• Katherine Rock, Tucker High School, Exceptional Education
• Jane Selden, Tucker High School, Biology
• Sheryl Vaughn, Twin Hickory Elementary School, First Grade

R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence, sponsored by the R.E.B. Foundation, is a supporting organization of The Community Foundation. The awards serve to identify, recognize, and promote excellence in classroom teaching in area public schools. Established in 1988, the program represents an important private sector initiative to strengthen the quality of public education by focusing on the teacher.
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Walmart honors Citizen’s ‘Top Teachers’ during grand opening


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‘It’s such a blessing’


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Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side. > Read more.

Preschoolers give pillows to families in need


A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.

Housing Families First provides shelter and support for homeless families and assist them in finding a permanent housing solution. The shelter serves people year-round, said Terri Iguina, operations and volunteer manager at Housing Families First. > Read more.

Dairy Queen’s Blizzard sales July 27 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Richmond


Dairy Queen’s 13th Annual Miracle Treat Day – Thursday, July 27 – will raise fund to benefit sick and injured children being treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the United States. Locally, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Last year, the event raised more than $14,400 for the hospital. > Read more.

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The Midtown State Fair returns to Libbie Mill from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A preview of November's Fire Flour & Fork, the summer fair is designed to capture the same intimate, down-to-earth feel of the fall event. Enjoy old-fashioned cake and kale walks, farmer cook-offs, heirloom tomato tastings, square dancing that rocks, culinary spelling bees, chicken impersonating, pickle-face making and more. There will be fresh-from-the-farm produce, savory and sweet food truck offerings, craft beer and other items for sale. Admission and parking are free. For details, visit http://www.midtownstatefair.com. Full text

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