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Henrico School Board appoints Greene to Fairfield seat


The Henrico School Board last night filled the vacant Fairfield District seat by appointing Pierre L. Greene to the position. He was sworn in this morning at the Henrico Circuit Court.

Greene is a pastor and the managing director of Light Tower Wealth Strategies, a financial services company. The board chose him over four other finalists – Tavorise K. Marks; Lillian H. Mayo; Tramaine Moultrie-Robinson; and Marlene H. Sherlock. It had interviewed the five applicants in a closed session Aug. 13 and then heard comments from the public about them Aug. 20.

HCPS students add skills, lobby Congress for technical education

McKenna Slough
Brookland Middle School student McKenna Slough will put her research and presentation skills to the test when she explains her sports nutrition project to judges at the national conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The conference is an annual meeting of the organization, a national nonprofit career and technical group for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences. The conference is being held in Washington, D.C., July 5-9.

Four students from Henrico County Public Schools are attending the national conference: Slough; Lauren Bishop and Emma-Grace Heinrich from Mills Godwin High School; and Josh Foster of Deep Run High School. Slough is the only Henrico County middle school student attending.

The students will take part in leadership training workshops; lobby their congressional representatives on behalf of career and technical education; and compete in such areas as public speaking, presentations and job interviews.

Local fifth-grader to perform at Carnegie Hall

Ten-year-old Margaret Parrino, a rising fifth-grade student at Richmond Montessori School, was selected as a winner in her age division of the 2015 American Protege International Vocal Competition. She will make her Carnegie Hall debut on Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m.

Talented young musicians from across the globe compete, and the winners perform their solo debut in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world.

Henrico Schools holding job fair to recruit bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair in two sessions next Tuesday, July 7, from 8-11 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m. at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road.

HCPS is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will attend to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

Fairfield MS band wins 5 awards

The Fairfield Middle School Band performed at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg during the "Music in the Park" event and brought home five awards for excellence. The band was directed by Kimberly Storrs and Ms. Cook.

A prize with a purse


Brennan Maynard (left), a history teacher at J.R. Tucker H.S., was awarded the Edson Pederson Prize in History at a faculty luncheon held June 9. The award was established upon the retirement of Edson Pederson (right) from JRTHS in 2004.

Each year, the Tucker principal selects a history teacher to receive the award, which is accompanied by $300 to use as the teacher wishes. Pederson's wife, Sharon, says she established the fund to show support for teachers and has built the fund over the years with contributions from friends and family. "So far as we know," she said, "it is the only gift of its kind for teachers in the area."

A garden grows


More than 30 fourth- and fifth-grade students from the Three Chopt Elementary Gifted Zone Center volunteered their time June 6 at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls as part of a community service project.

The project was the culmination of a first-time assignment that Gifted Zone Center teachers Brettany Bailey, Kasey Kolste and Catherine Kelly created for their students this year. They required the more than 70 students from their three classes (one fourth-grade and two fifth-grade) to complete a community service research project focused on various local organizations. Each student then demonstrated – through persuasive presentations and essays that highlighted an organization – the groups for which they wanted to volunteer. Fellow students and teachers then conducted a series of votes to select one organization that the students would support, and fourth-grader Greta Shope’s project on VHBG was chosen.

Project SEARCH graduates receive diplomas


Bon Secours Virginia Health System recently recognized and awarded diplomas to 25 Virginia high school seniors with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities for their completion of Project SEARCH, a nine-month national school-to-work program, at four Bon Secours facilities in Central Virginia and in Portsmouth. Project SEARCH provides hands-on training to students with disabilities through internships at health care facilities and other businesses, with a goal of gaining employment upon completion. Bon Secours Virginia is the only Project SEARCH program also participating in clinical research.

The Project SEARCH program began at St. Mary's Hospital in Henrico and has since expanded to three other sites.

Fire, Police, Sheriff’s office host Marine Corps-JROTC leadership camp and field games


More than 50 Marine Corps JROTC cadets from Henrico County public schools learned what it takes to be a public safety official in the county this week. The teens participated in the inaugural Marine Corps-JROTC leadership camp and field games, hosted by the Henrico Sheriff's Office, Division of Police and Division of Fire.

Fifty-three cadets spent a day with each of the agencies, immersing themselves in hands-on scenarios of tactical maneuvers, simulations and physical training activities that firefighters, police officers and sheriff's deputies perform as part of their regular duties.

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