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HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 18


Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN.

Dreaming big


It was, perhaps, fitting that days before the nation paused to honor the life of a man known in part for his powerful dream (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), the Henrico County School Board voted to approve a program whose design could help some of the county's most at-risk students realize their own dreams.

The board Jan. 12 unanimously approved a five-year, $2.16-million agreement with An Achievable Dream Certified Academies, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Newport News that will begin operating its acclaimed educational program at Highland Springs Elementary School this fall.

The aim of the program is simple: to engage the most vulnerable students – whose family situations, economic levels or discipline issues might otherwise prevent them from achieving academically.

Law in Society essay contest deadline nears


Virginia high school students who enjoy analytical writing about trending legal issues may enter the Virginia State Bar’s 25th annual essay contest, which awards almost $7,000 in prize money each year.

The Feb. 10 deadline for the annual Law in Society essay contest is rapidly approaching. The first-place winner will receive $2,300, and the winning essay will be published on the VSB website. Other awards include $1,850 (second place), $1,350 (third place) and five honorable mentions of $250 each. All winners receive a plaque and copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in the spring at the winners’ schools.

Cocke, Cooper selected to lead School Board


The Henrico County School Board Jan. 12 unanimously elected Brookland District member Beverly Cocke to serve as its chairwoman for 2017 and Fairfield District member Roscoe Cooper III to serve as its vice chair.

Cocke has served on the School Board since 2012 and previously served as chairwoman in 2013. Cooper just completed his first year on the board.

ECPI to host ‘Tech for Troops’ donation drive Jan. 14


ECPI University’s Richmond/Innsbrook campus is launching a new partnership with Tech for Troops to provide veterans with PCs, computer training and jobs, helping them learn new skills and rejoin the workforce.

The school will sponsor an event Saturday, Jan. 14 at ECPI University’s Career Discovery Day. Donations of used computers will be accepted at the Richmond/Innsbrook campus, 4305 Cox Road in Glen Allen, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fire closes New Bridge Learning Center


JAN. 12, 10 A.M. – An overnight fire at the New Bridge Learning Center in Eastern Henrico forced Henrico County Public Schools officials to close the center today. No one was injured in the fire.

Shortly after 4 a.m., Henrico firefighters responded to reports of a fire at the facility, in the 5900 block of East Nine Mile Road. First-arriving police officers had reported smoke coming from the building.

Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps seeks applicants


Applications are being accepted for two three-week summer sessions of the award-winning Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).

The application deadline is March 1.

The program will be held June 25 to July 15 and July 23 to Aug. 13.

Teams of 10 participants will be chosen from current high school students between the ages of 14 and 17. Each same-sex crew is led by three trained, adult crew leaders. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in protecting Virginia’s environment.

HCPS facilities closed this weekend


JAN. 6 – All Henrico County Public Schools activities will be held as scheduled today, but school system facilities will be closed Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of inclement weather. All events scheduled Saturday and Sunday at school facilities – whether school-related or community-related – are cancelled.

HCPS seeking bus drivers


Henrico County Public Schools officials will host a job fair to hire full-time and substitute bus drivers Jan. 10 at the Varina Area Library.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will attend the event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to talk with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

“Driving a bus is a great job for people with flexible schedules who enjoy working with students, and a great way to earn extra money,” said Mary Alderson, human resources specialist.

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