Lakeside ES Named Title 1 Distinguished School

The Virginia Department of Education has recognized Lakeside Elementary School as a National Title 1 Distinguished School. Lakeside Elementary School was selected by a peer review panel to represent Virginia in the category of "Closing the Achievement Gap Among Student Groups" for two or more consecutive years.

National Title 1 Distinguished Schools will be recognized during the National Title 1 Conference in Tampa, Fla., scheduled for Jan. 31- Feb. 3, 2011.

"I am so happy for the students, parents, and businesses of the Lakeside community," says Principal Herb Monroe. "The entire Lakeside staff has worked long hours and often more than five days week to make a difference in the lives of all students. This recognition shows that hard work and a true belief that all students can learn really pays off. Being named the Title I Distinguished School for 'Closing the Achievement Gap' really brings the pride back to the Lakeside community."

The VDOE recognizes schools as Title 1 Distinguished schools for maintaining full state accreditation under the commonwealth’s Standards of Learning program for two consecutive years, meeting federal benchmarks in reading and mathematics and having average test scores in both subjects at the 60th percentile or higher.

"The elementary team couldn't be more proud of this distinguished accomplishment from the entire Lakeside Elementary team," says Pamela Bell, executive director of elementary education. "They never let up, nor did they give up on their students and community. They have demonstrated incredible endurance, competence, belief, and perseverance, and Herb Monroe, principal, certainly deserves recognition for his outstanding leadership. He refuses to settle for less, and has made our entire school district proud."
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The Barton Malow Foundation, Richmond Flying Squirrels Charities and RIR Cares will partner for the third annual Rally in the Alley pro-celebrity bowling event to benefit RVA Field of Dreams Fest at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Rally in the Alley will comprise of eight teams bowling two rounds with 15-minute breaks in between. Each team will have a NASCAR celebrity, Flying Squirrel or local Richmond personality, a PWBA pro bowler, and two other members. Proceeds from Rally in the Alley will go to the initiative of “Renovating Richmond’s Recreation.” Doors open at 5 p.m. VIP tickets are $100; general admission is $25. For details, call 866-455-7223 or visit http://www.richmondraceway.com. Full text

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