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3 Henrico elementaries pilot new ‘flood-in’ literacy program

The sound that fills the hallway at Donahoe Elementary School in Sandston is a familiar one – a deep rumbling tone, growing louder as it approaches. The thunder is coming, like clockwork, and with it, a flood.

Second-graders, well-trained in how to respond to this approaching wave, divide themselves, find their chairs and hunker down together in small groups. The time has arrived.

It's time to read.

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.

Reynolds’ ‘Preview Day’ scheduled for Jan. 7


Reynolds Community College will host "Preview Day" on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library and Technology Center on the college’s Parham Road Campus, 1651 E. Parham Road.

Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective students to apply to the college, take placement tests, meet with an advisor, learn about scholarships and financial aid and register for spring semester classes. Students also will have the opportunity to speak with university transfer admissions specialists about transferring from Reynolds to a four-year institution. The four-year college representatives at Preview Day will serve on a panel and later speak with students directly about the transfer process to their prospective institutions.

Henrico teacher among Census Bureau program content creators


Montrose Elementary School teacher Emily McMillen is among a select group of teachers chosen to create content for a newly updated U.S. Census Bureau program called Statistics in Schools.

In September, the U.S. Census Bureau unveiled the revised program (available at census.gov/schools) for K-12 teachers and students.

It offers free, classroom-ready geography, history/social studies, math and sociology activities and resources that incorporate current and historical data to help students understand real-world applications of statistics.

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The Weinstein Jewish Community Center will host a free Community Purim Celebration from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come dressed in costume and enjoy free carnival games and prizes, moon bounces, clowns and face-painting, arts and crafts, and more. Food will be available for purchase. The schedule includes Megillah Readings at 11 a.m. (before the carnival) and 12:15 p.m., a costume parade and dance party with DJ Bob at 2 p.m. and a Purim Shpiel presented by Congregation Beth Ahabah at 3 p.m. Bring an individually wrapped food or snack item to donate to Safe Harbor Shelter. For details, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org. Full text

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