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Gettings Named 2010 Virginia Art Educator of the Year

The Extended Board of the Virginia Art Education Association (VAEA) recently selected Michael Gettings, art specialist for Henrico County Public Schools, as the Virginia Art Educator of the Year for 2010. He was honored at the annual fall conference awards ceremony held in Norfolk on Nov. 6.

Next, Gettings (at left in photo, with Scott Russell, president of the Virginia Art Education Association) will become a candidate for the Southeastern Region Art Educator of the Year, the next step in the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Awards Program, initiated to recognize outstanding art educations from all divisions. The outcome will be announced in the spring of 2012. If selected as the winner, he will then be considered for the National Art Educator of the Year.

“This is an honor that is truly humbling,” says Gettings. “Visual Art education is a transformative experience for our students that teaches critical and creative thinking skills needed in the 21st century. Data from The College Board shows that students who take four years of arts and music classes while in high school score 103 points better on their SATs than students who took only one-half year or less. As the art specialist, I am fortunate to work with people that put incredible effort into teaching our children. This effort is shown in the beautiful works of art in our community, schools, and homes. It is also reflected in the advanced levels of excellence that our students achieve. “

Gettings has served as the art educational specialist for HCPS for three years. He previously taught for Chesterfield County Public Schools as an elementary and high school teacher and an instructional technology resource teacher. Prior to a career in art education, Gettings worked for WRVQ Q94 Radio for 13 years.

Gettings has served on the VAEA Board as the Youth Art Month Co-Chair and Technology Chair. He is the founding member of the Web Policy Committee for the National Art Education Association. His work has been published in the VAEA newsletter, “School Arts” magazine, and the NAEA newsletter.

His past awards include: Teacher of the Year 1999, Swift Creek Middle School; National Youth Art Month Award Winner 2005, 2006; Virginia Secondary Art Educator of the Year 2004; and Southeastern Region NAEA Secondary Art Teacher of the Year 2006.


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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