Henrico FCU supports teachers in financial education curriculum

Robyn Clark (Henrico FCU Financial Education Manager), Dr. Mary Eckert (HCPS Educational Specialist) and students and teachers from the Panther, Wildcat and Warrior branches.
Henrico Federal Credit Union and Hermitage High School partnered over the last two weeks of school to deliver life lessons in financial education. During a time when teachers are often reviewing and giving exams to other students, the end of the school year has been a great opportunity for teachers to invite the credit union in for hands-on activities on budgeting and being credit smart.

Henrico FCU has been on the forefront of educating young people on finance by opening student run branches in three of Henrico County’s high schools -- Deep Run, Hermitage and Henrico -- and appearing in classrooms to partner with teachers on lessons in personal finance.
Robyn Clark with Hermitage High
School students during Reality Store game.

Robyn Clark, Henrico FCU’s financial education manager, introduced a real world simulation in which students were given "life situations" and had to make decisions regarding spending and lifestyle. The students had to factor in expenses like taxes, financial institutions, real estate, apartment rentals, apparel, car loans, credit cards, day care, entertainment, gasoline, groceries, insurance, utilities and more.

Henrico FCU also provided student seminars on “Making Smart Credit Choices” and “Buying Your First Car” right before the school year ended.

In the fall of 2011, Virginia mandated students take a class in financial education during their high school career. Virginia's high school students are required to pass economics and personal finance in order to graduate. The requirement doesn't apply to current juniors and seniors.
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl. > Read more.

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