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Virginia529 prepaid tuition enrollment program opens


The enrollment period for the Virginia529 prePAID college tuition program is now open through March 31.

For 2016-2017, tuition and mandatory fees at a Virginia public university can cost as much as $21,234. The Virginia529 plan is designed to help families eliminate the uncertainty of future increases at those institutions.

Henrico teen honored at White House


Recent Hermitage Technical Center graduate Benjamin Miller, of Glen Allen, (pictured, third from right) was honored at the White House last month by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of a Career and Technical Education Innovators Showcase.

Miller was one of three SkillsUSA members who joined three SkillsUSA instructors and two members of the organization's national staff at the June 30 event. During the event, the White House showcased student projects and led discussions with education leaders, business and industry representatives and policymakers on how the best CTE programs can be replicated and expanded. The students and educators were selected through a competitive process run by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

Confusion leaves summer ESL students without meals


Nearly 200 middle school and high school students who are enrolled in an intensive English as a Second Language summer course at Hungary Creek Middle School are not receiving meals at the school, as the result of apparent confusion about whether the school or program could qualify for a free federal summer meals program.

Approximately 180 students are enrolled in the program, which has run four days per week, from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day, since June 22 and will conclude July 23.

The program is designed to assist students who are determined to be at the lowest levels of English proficiency, so that they will be better prepared academically in the fall, according to Val Gooss, Henrico Public Schools' education specialist for ESL and foreign languages.

Rebuild America volunteers providing makeoves to 3 Henrico schools

Members of the Richmond-area volunteer group Rebuild America are putting in long hours in the July heat to give three Henrico elementary schools a makeover. July 6-10 the participants worked at Highland Springs Elementary School. This week they’re focusing on Ratcliffe and Laburnum elementary schools; volunteers are at the schools from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Thursday.

About 450 people – many affiliated with Faith Landmarks Ministries – are contributing to the makeovers during the two-week initiative. The participants work in bright T-shirts and are painting, raking, pruning, weeding and scrubbing.

Collegiate teacher earns Presidential Award for Excellence, $10,000

Collegiate School science teacher Stewart Williamson has been selected to receive a 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The PAEMST program recognizes teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science and is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Henrico resident wins $10,000 scholarship


Henrico resident Haley Malloy was awarded the seventh-annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship by The Goddard School last month. The $10,000 scholarship was open nationally to any seniors in high school who graduated from The Goddard School Pre-K or Kindergarten program. It is presented to one applicant who has demonstrated the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system. Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Joe Schumacher (pictured, second from left) traveled to Henrico to make the presentation.

Perera likely to return to Henrico as asst. superintendent


A familiar face may soon be back in Henrico County's public school system.

HCPS officials and superintendent Pat Kinlaw will recommend Katrise Perera, a former principal of John Rolfe and Elko middle schools, for the position of assistant superintendent for instruction. The position includes responsibility for all of the division’s K-12 instructional efforts, as well as the departments of Career and Technical Education and Research and Planning. Bondy Shay Gibson recently vacated the position to take the superintendent's role in Jefferson County, W. Va.

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.

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The 31st annual Richmond Road Runners Club Toy Run 5K, presented by Primrose Schools of Richmond, will be held at the Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. The race benefits the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. A one-mile Kids Race begins at noon, a Kids' Weeble Wobble Fun Run at 12:30 p.m. and the Toys for Tots 5K at 1 p.m. For details, visit http://www.rrrc.org/events/31st-annual-rrrc-toy-run. Full text

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