School Briefs - Pocahontas Middle School

At Pocahontas Middle School, we kicked off the school year with a bang. A mere seven weeks after the start of the Hawk school year, Pocahontas is already milling with activity. Sales of “Pink Out” shirts wrapped up in the bus lobby, preceding our Pink Out Breast Cancer Awareness Day Oct. 24. All the proceeds from selling our Pink Out shirts will be donated to Breast Cancer research. Hopefully, by wearing pink to support breast cancer, it will bring attention to a prominent issue.

Pocahontas has also been busy with the Feed the Penguins fundraising project. It was a massive endeavor to secure the assistance of the student body in this fundraising mega-project. There were miniature penguins, magic thumbs, and bladeless fans given as prizes. The winner for the most number of paper sales was eighth grader Carter Ryder and online sales winner was seventh grader Amy Layton. Both students received a generous fifty dollars for the feat. There were approximately 1,500 sales made by our students.

Fall sports have also started, and so far our teams have been doing well. Boys’ soccer, girls’ basketball, girls’ tennis, football, and cheerleading are all underway with only a few more games before each team wraps up their season. The first pep rally took place early in the school year; the eighth grade class won the spirit flag which will be displayed in their hall until the next rally. Powder puff football has also started up. Seventh- and eighth-grade girls have the opportunity to play flag football while seventh- and eighth-grade boys cheer from the sidelines.

Last, but surely not least, the Hawkball tournament is coming up on Friday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 pm. Teams of six students strong will play dodge ball against each other, and teams are encouraged to wear the same color, or even a costume. As we progress farther into our year, Pocahontas moves forward in leaps and bounds.
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Fresh Air Fund seeks host families


The Fresh Air Fund, a program through which nearly 4,000 children from low-income New York City communities spend a summer with host families in communities along the East Coast and in southern Canada, is seeking hosts for the coming summer.

According to the organization, there is no such thing as a “typical” host family. First-time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 12 years old. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. > Read more.

Godwin student wins in statewide STEM essay contest

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced recently that Morgan Logsdon of Mills E. Godwin High School was one of five statewide winners of the sixth-annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women enrolled in their junior or senior year of high school.

The Council on Women established the contest to award scholarships to high school junior and senior young women who plan to pursue STEM careers at institutions of higher education. > Read more.

Varina meeting May 2 to address opioid crisis in Henrico


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Tuesday, May 2 to discuss the opioid epidemic in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. Nelson will be joined by County Manager John A. Vithoulkas and members of the Henrico Heroin Task Force for a discussion of heroin and opioid abuse and ways to prevent it. > Read more.

Baker ES to remain closed until fall


Baker Elementary School students will complete the 2016-17 school year at other locations and will return to a restored building in fall 2017, school leaders have decided.

The decision was made in order to provide ample time for repairs to be completed at the fire-damaged school and to avoid additional interruptions to instructional time. > Read more.

Henrico Police arrest 2 Georgia men in connection with January murder


Henrico Police have arrested and charged two Georgia men with first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 18 murder of 36-year-old Lamont Cornelius Baldwin in the 1200 block of Dominion Townes Terrace.

Antonio Tyrone Johnson (above, left) and Santonio Rodrigus Brown (above, right), both 24 and both of Atlanta, were charged. Johnson also was charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon. > Read more.

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The Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. John Schuler will share his book “My History, with Humor by Abraham Lincoln” at Varina Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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