Henrico schools earn state awards

Several Henrico County schools were among the 110 Virginia public schools selected by Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education for the 2011 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.

The award is the highest honor under the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program created by the Board of Education in 2007 which recognizes schools and divisions that achieve excellence goals and far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards.

To qualify for the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieve applicable excellence goals in various areas.

The Henrico schools selected for the 2011 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence are: Arthur Ashe Elementary; Echo Lake Elementary; Glen Allen Elementary; Nuckols Farm Elementary; Pinchbeck Elementary; Rivers Edge Elementary; Shady Grove Elementary; Short Pump Elementary; Twin Hickory Elementary; and Deep Run High School.

"The school board and I are very proud of our schools and especially those recognized by Governor McDonnell and the Virginia Board of Education. These awards represent the commitment and high expectations we have of reaching the next level of excellence and ensuring
a quality education for all of our students," Superintendent Pat Russo said.

In Virginia, 323 schools earned the 2011 Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These schools and divisions also have met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

Henrico schools receiving the 2011 Board of Education Excellence Award are: Chamberlayne Elementary; Colonial Trail Elementary; Crestview Elementary; Gayton Elementary; Baker Elementary; Greenwood Elementary; Jackson Davis Elementary; Maybeury Elementary; Pemberton Elementary; Springfield Park Elementary; Three Chopt Elementary; Tuckahoe Elementary; Freeman High; and Godwin High School.

In Virginia, 289 schools earned the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award for having met all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.

Henrico schools receiving the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award are: Dumbarton Elementary; Ratcliffe Elementary; Ward Elementary; Longdale Elementary; Trevvett Elementary; Ridge Elementary; and Skipwith Elementary School.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host the Virginia Cultural Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12. Shop a variety of handcrafted and unique giftware from around the Commonwealth at one convenient location. Vendors include Carol Busto Basketry, Tailored Touches, Three Beading Hearts, Once in a Blue Moon Marbling, One Little World and more. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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