School briefs - Tuckahoe Middle School

In Henrico County, there are families in need. Warm coats and food can be in short supply for families struggling to make ends meet. Students at Tuckahoe Middle School (TMS) have seen this need and risen to action, learning the lesson of giving and helping the less fortunate.

The ‘Coats for Kids’ Drive was recently held at TMS. Throughout the school, classes competed against each other to see who could gather the most coats. Altogether, 227 coats were collected and donated to local children.

TMS also assisted the local Henrico Christmas Mother charity with its canned food drive. Teachers and students brought in a can (or two) to donate. There was also a goodhearted competition between classes, to see who could bring in the most cans. Altogether, 2,918 canned goods were gathered up. While Ms. Robertson’s class raised the most cans, it was the Christmas Mother and those in need who were the real winners.

The Christmas Mother also asked for children’s books. Our TMS library and students responded by having a book drive. Altogether, 597 books were donated and given to this charity. This allowed the Christmas Mother to provide four books for each child they service.

Tuckahoe Middle School faculty and students saw a need in the community and acted. They came together as one to gather coats, food and books. Tuckahoe Middle School students have learned the valuable lesson that giving is better than receiving.
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Fresh Air Fund seeks host families


The Fresh Air Fund, a program through which nearly 4,000 children from low-income New York City communities spend a summer with host families in communities along the East Coast and in southern Canada, is seeking hosts for the coming summer.

According to the organization, there is no such thing as a “typical” host family. First-time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 12 years old. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. > Read more.

Godwin student wins in statewide STEM essay contest

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced recently that Morgan Logsdon of Mills E. Godwin High School was one of five statewide winners of the sixth-annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women enrolled in their junior or senior year of high school.

The Council on Women established the contest to award scholarships to high school junior and senior young women who plan to pursue STEM careers at institutions of higher education. > Read more.

Varina meeting May 2 to address opioid crisis in Henrico


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Tuesday, May 2 to discuss the opioid epidemic in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. Nelson will be joined by County Manager John A. Vithoulkas and members of the Henrico Heroin Task Force for a discussion of heroin and opioid abuse and ways to prevent it. > Read more.

Baker ES to remain closed until fall


Baker Elementary School students will complete the 2016-17 school year at other locations and will return to a restored building in fall 2017, school leaders have decided.

The decision was made in order to provide ample time for repairs to be completed at the fire-damaged school and to avoid additional interruptions to instructional time. > Read more.

Henrico Police arrest 2 Georgia men in connection with January murder


Henrico Police have arrested and charged two Georgia men with first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 18 murder of 36-year-old Lamont Cornelius Baldwin in the 1200 block of Dominion Townes Terrace.

Antonio Tyrone Johnson (above, left) and Santonio Rodrigus Brown (above, right), both 24 and both of Atlanta, were charged. Johnson also was charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon. > Read more.

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