Local student earns honors in AAA Mid-Atlantic’s poster contest

A poster created by Millie Speck, a student of St. Mary’s Catholic School, has been recognized by AAA Mid-Atlantic for earning third place in its Annual Traffic Safety Poster Contest.

Millie was awarded third place in the Primary (K-2) division covering the subject of Pedestrian and Child Passenger Safety. Millie’s artwork was selected by AAA Mid-Atlantic from among nearly 1,400 entries. A panel of traffic safety experts judged the entries based on originality, technique, visual impact and relationship of messaging to traffic safety. Millie’s entry was selected from among hundreds of elementary school submissions.

“Millie’s poster not only showcased her artistic talents, but also helped spread an important message about pedestrian and child passenger safety,” said Martha M. Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Motor vehicle-related crashes continue to be the number one cause of death for children over age 2, and we hope entries such as Millie’s will help students’ share the importance of traffic safety with their peers.”

The Annual Traffic Safety Poster Contest aims to reduce traffic related fatalities through education and community outreach. Each year, students design posters and public service announcements using traffic safety slogans selected by AAA. Entrants are grouped according to grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. First place winners are awarded a $500 Visa Gift Card; second place winners receive a $250 Visa Gift Card; third place winners are given a $100 Visa Gift Card; and those receiving an honorable mention get movie tickets and a AAA Atlas.

AAA Mid-Atlantic serves nearly 830,000 members in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the nation’s fifth largest auto club.

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 Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Why would a young woman spend time fertilizing native grass on an undeveloped barrier island? That young woman, Ashley Moulton, will present the results of her Master’s thesis, including the important implications of how the functional diversity of plant communities can be altered by global and local disturbances in coastal systems. The program is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.pocahontaschapter-vnps.org. Full text

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