Girl Scouts dedicate outdoor classroom

Longan Elementary’s Girl Scout Troop 207 earned the Scouts' prestigious Bronze Award for building and dedicating an outdoor classroom at the school earlier this week.

The outdoor classroom includes brand new picnic tables, birdhouses and a flower garden.

“[For] the Bronze Project we did the outdoor classroom because the [old] picnic tables, they were really splintery," said Junior Girl Scout Hannah Paulding. "So we fixed the picnic tables with new wood and we made birdhouses."

The Bronze Award is the highest honor that a Junior Girl Scout Troop can earn. In order for these fourth- and fifth-grade scouts to earn the award, they must take the time to complete a project that will make a difference in the community. The Girl Scout Council presents the award to troops that, in its estimation, have met the award's criteria.

Troop 207 completed the project at the beginning of the month after planning and working on it for an entire school year. Members completed it with the assistance of their troop leaders, Vickie Marandina and Maggie Drilling.

“We’ve been writing down choices about what to do for a long time for the Bronze Project,” said Junior Scout Raygan Lukowsky. “This one stuck out because it helped.”

At the dedication ceremony, the Juniors recited the pledge of allegiance and Girl Scout promise before officially dedicating the site.

Longan’s principal, Richard Hall, gave the closing remarks, praising the girls for their hard work and dedication.
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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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