2 Schools Earn ‘Virginia Naturally’ Recognition

The Green Team of Colonial Trail E.S. (top) includes (left to right): back row – Assistant Principal Eun Jung Kim, parent volunteer Ingrid Schweickert, parent volunteer Britt Hayes, parent volunteer Linda Levine, Resource Teacher Cynthia Jefferson, (front) Hailey Payne, Esteban Ovalle-Garcia and Kelsey Levine.
For the third consecutive year, Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge Elementary Schools have been recognized as Virginia Naturally Schools for their efforts to promote good stewardship of Virginia's natural resources during the 2009-10 school year.

During the past year, Colonial Trail Elementary School increased recycling material options and celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a school-wide “Spring Eco Fest.” The school assembled the first fifth-grade Green Team and started an Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program.

Rivers Edge Elementary School sponsors "paperless days" to encourage hands-on activities that save approximately 3,000 sheets of paper. Student leaders serve on a "Green Team" to collect recycling bins each week.
The Go Green Team of Rivers Edge E.S. displays its Virginia Naturally plaque and pennant.

The Virginia Board of Education has recognized the Virginia Naturally School program as the official environmental education school recognition program for the state. This program recognizes the efforts of many Virginia schools to increase the environmental awareness of the state's youngest citizens. Virginia Naturally Schools must meet specific requirements that increase with each successive year a school achieves this recognition.

Schools receiving this honor have qualified in several areas including: administrative support, staff development and curricular integration, resource conservation efforts, and school/community based projects. Additional requirements for schools qualifying beyond the first year include: documentation of efforts to secure library materials/equipment; developing instructional settings/outdoor classrooms; and developing community partnerships with area businesses, parent/teacher organizations, and civic groups.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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