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HEF grant assists student organization through technology

In its first grant cycle of the 2012-2013 school year, The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) funded 21 grants totaling just more than $42,000, one of which will impact 410 of Tucker’s new ninth-graders. This grant funded staff training in utilizing some of the newest online organization and remediation tools for students who are new to the demands of high school.

“The students in ninth grade struggle academically more than any other grade level,” said Jonathan Morris, an assistant principal at Tucker High School.

Morris worked with Andrea Lund, Tucker’s technology resource teacher, to design the project.

During the summer, 20 Tucker High teachers participated in a day packed with learning about new online resources as well as innovative methods to get students up to speed and motivated to learn.

“This grant is a year-long promotion of the amazing and fairly-new resources and tools that are available to enhance learning that are out there online,” Morris said. “As part of the promotion we are dealing with teacher and staff development and with students as well. We did a lot of training on Google Docs and Google Sites, which are huge. We also did a lot of exploration into flipped classroom instruction.”

Throughout the school year, Tucker will also give students incentive to utilize online tools to the fullest. Three students will be rewarded for maintaining the most organized and functional website during a “Best Website Contest.”

“We hope the promotion of websites as well as the ‘Best Website Contest’ will get students to be organized online and will motivate them to use their computers as an organizational tool not just an access tool or a productivity tool,” Morris said.

“We are particularly excited about this teacher development grant as it has the potential to impact students through their high school years and beyond,” said HEF’s program manager, Paula Roop. “The grant, focused initially on teacher training, is a new direction for our grants program and is made possible through a grant from State Farm Insurance.”
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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