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Henrico student wins AAA safety patrol essay contest

A Henrico elementary student recently won first place in the 20th annual AAA School Safety Patrol Essay contest themed, “What Serving as a AAA School Safety Patrol Means to Me.”

Jennifer Lopez, a student from Arthur Ashe Jr. Elementary School in Henrico County, received a U.S. Savings Bond valued at $200 for her winning essay.
“We were excited to once again sponsor this year’s Safety Patrol Essay Contest along with the AAA Retirees Club,” said Randy Green, manager of safety services for the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education. “The contest allowed students the opportunity to express their views regarding the importance of the safety patrol in relation to the traffic safety duties they perform.”
The AAA School Safety Patrol Program has been assisting schools and communities with keeping students safe since 1921. Three hundred ninety-nine lives have been saved by students serving as AAA safety patrols since the AAA Safety Patrol Lifesaver Program began in 1949.

Today, more than 660,000 serve in 31,000 schools in 31 states and in the District of Columbia, including more than 15,000 patrols in Virginia elementary schools.
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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