Henrico Company Shows its ‘School Pride’

Henrico soundproofing and noise control product supplier Acoustical Solutions, Inc. recently participated in NBC’s new series “School Pride,” which premiered last month.

The show follows a team of experts along with teachers, students, and parents as they come together to renovate deteriorating public schools around the country. Acoustical Solutions, Inc. donated and sold their products to Communications and Media Arts High School in Detroit which was in danger of being closed due to lack of funds. Their episode aired Nov. 5.

“We see the difference that it makes not just in each family’s life, but the entire community,” said Eric Peters, communication specialist for Acoustical Solutions, Inc. Producers contacted the company near the end of September after one of the show’s contractors suggested it. “They were filming in the next two to three days and it was definitely something we wanted to get involved in,” said Peters.

Acoustical Solutions has been featured on other homemaker shows, including a couple of appearances on DIY Network’s “Man Caves” series which Peters believes is the reason they were asked to participate.

They donated a vocal booth and recording studio products to the school and sold a $264 “WhisperWave” baffle, which is hung from the ceiling to reduce noise and reverberation.

The company’s goal was to help not only the current students, but those coming in the years after. “The school itself is a progressive school, it focuses on new media and communication technology; kids need that in today’s world,” said Peters.
 
The products that they gave to the school will help the students to perform. For most high school students, an opportunity to work and perform with these communication and media tools isn’t something they get to experience until they reach college.

“What we provided is specifically for a media room. We provided a place for them to do what they will most likely be doing for the rest of their lives,” Peters said.

Communication Media and Arts High School competed against four other schools across the country to be selected for the show. After an audition tape was sent in by two students, the school was notified in June by producers that they’d won.

"We’re extremely grateful,” Principal Donya Odom said. “For years we’ve never had an academic program that measured up to our name, and now students can explore possible careers and utilize the equipment the company donated.”

The school received a total makeover, which included a music room, art room, a media/studio center, a storage area and other repairs to the building. Odom added that if “School Pride” hadn’t selected her school, it would have closed down.

Along with the school community, a group of professionals will be along to help guide the transformation of the school. Interior designer Susie Castillo, comedian and former substitute teacher Kym Whitley, Jacob Soboroff, an AMC News journalist, as well as SWAT Commander Tom Stroup will be involved in the rebuilding and restoring process.

School Pride is produced by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s Denise Cramsey and Cheryl Hines of Curb Your Enthusiasm and will air Fridays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Acoustical Solutions, Inc. has served commercial and residential development facilities as well as recording studios and home theater designers since 1989 with its selection of noise control and sound proofing products.

The company recently sold and installed its products in Faith Landmark Church, Benedictine High School, Phillip Morris and the Glen Allen Library. It’s currently working with the Math and Science Center in Henrico, providing studio equipment for distance learning.
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Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.

Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.

ACLU urges McAuliffe to veto anti-immigration bills


Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday to veto Republican-backed legislation banning local governments in Virginia from designating themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. They also said they plan to fight federal and state policies that they believe violate immigrants’ rights.

At a news conference, representatives of the ACLU of Virginia and other civil rights organizations criticized anti-immigrant measures passed by the General Assembly. They also condemned the recent spike in deportation raids on immigrant communities in Virginia by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen, continues its 16th season with the April Verch Band at 8 p.m. The band will be highlighting tracks from their upcoming album, “The April Verch Anthology” (Slab Town Records), an 18-track collection celebrating April’s life’s work. Tickets are $20 to $25; teens are admitted at half price and children age 12 and under are free. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com. Full text

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