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Henrico students show market savvy

Henrico elementary schools placed first and second in the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s Stock Market Game during the recent spring round.

The contest invites teams of students in grades 4-12 to invest fictional $100,000 portfolios in the stock market during a 10-week period. Students research and manage stocks as a way to learn about money, finance and investing while practice math skills.

In the spring round, a team in Todd Wasserman’s class at Nuckols Farm Elementary (pictured above right, left to right: Wasserman, Olivia I., Maura G., Mark G. and Andrew C.) came in first place with a final portfolio balance of $113,302.84.

At Springfield Park Elementary, a team in Karen Nowicki’s class (pictured above left, left to right: Nowicki, Stephen Ingram, Chad Hickey, Aidan Hemstreet and Karthik Nair) came in second place, just a few dollars behind with $113,157.00. In the fall competition, a Godwin High School team advised by Hunter Thomas came in second in
the high school division, finishing with a portfolio valued at $109,309.70

All of the winning teams were invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business May 17, where students shared their investment strategies, successful and unsuccessful.

Teachers use the Stock Market Game to help meet the state’s standards in math, social studies, and personal finance. The program offers students life skills, such as collaboration and cooperation while working in small teams. Students also get a first-hand look at economic concepts, such as the way supply and demand affects prices as well as the effects of world events on financial markets.

The Stock Market Game, which involves more than11,000 students statewide, is played in both the fall and spring. About 1,300 students participated in the VCU Region Spring 2011 SMG. For details, visit the SMG link at http://www.vcee.org or call 828-6054.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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