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School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund.

Henrico schools awarded grants for math and science projects


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recently awarded grants totaling more than $213,000 to nine partnerships between school divisions and colleges and universities, including two grants to Henrico County Public Schools.

One of six school systems to be awarded funds for mathematics projects, Henrico County partnered with Norfolk State University to receive $21,400 for the program Supporting Math Process Goals through Research-Based Teaching Practices. The program will serve 60 teachers.

Henrico County was also one of three school systems awarded funds for science projects.

Academy at Virginia Randolph to celebrate school’s centennial Oct. 17


The Academy at Virginia Randolph will celebrate its centennial Oct. 17, marking a century since the Henrico County school was dedicated in honor of the pioneering educator.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. It will feature a presentation from a historian with an interest in Randolph, and remarks from a representative of the Capitol Foundation, which is leading fundraising efforts for a women’s monument on the Virginia capitol
grounds. The monument will include Randolph as one of 12 featured women from Virginia history. The celebration will also have music, food, drinks and games. Each of the school’s trade instructors will have a booth with information and activities about the field they teach.

Henrico Education Foundation receives STEM grant from Dominion


The Henrico Education Foundation, Inc. recently received a $5,000 grant from the The Dominion Foundation to coordinate with Henrico County Public Schools in developing an after-school STEM camp.

The camp will offer fourth and fifth graders the chance to explore engineering problems and solutions during after-school camps that will last from six to eight weeks. At the conclusion of the camp sessions, students will share their product designs with professional engineers.

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, awarded educational grants totaling $1.5 million to support programs engaging students in more than 140 schools and educational institutions in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Richmond Montessori to host two open houses


Richmond Montessori School will host two open houses for students in grades 1-8.

During the events, parents will have the opportunity to learn about the Montessori philosophy of education and meet and talk with current parents, faculty and students. After a tour of the school, parents have the chance to see Montessori lessons in action and to interact with current parents.

At the Middle School Open House, prospective parents will hear from a panel of students, alumni, and current parents as well as representatives of high schools who have accepted Richmond Montessori students.

McAuliffe awards extended year and year-round school grants to Henrico


Governor Terry McAuliffe has awarded nearly $5.3 million in state year-round and extended school year grants to support the development and implementation of year-round instructional programs in 10 school divisions, including Henrico County.

Henrico County will receive $38,238 in extended year planning grants to support the development of new year-round programs for Brookland Middle and Fairfield Elementary. The Extended School Year Grant Program was created in 2013 by the General Assembly in response to a 2012 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) report on the effectiveness of year-round school programs in raising student achievement.

ManUp Fatherhood Initiative back-to-school festival planned Oct. 10


The ManUp Fatherhood Initiative will hold a Back to School Family Festival Sat. Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Rd. The event is free for the entire family and will feature paint-by-numbers, STEM stations, bike race simulators, games and puzzles, educational animal exhibits, and more. Donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks will be collected. For information about the Fatherhood Initiative visit blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/manup.

HCPS to host workshops for parents, teachers of students with disabilities


Henrico County Public Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center is sponsoring a three-part series of workshops for families and teachers that will address Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as 504 plans specified by federal civil rights law. The specialized education plans are designed for students with disabilities but often can become confusing for parents and teachers alike.

Ron Geiersbach of the Virginia Department of Education will focus on three aspects of the topic at different fall workshops:

• Understanding the Difference Between a 504 Plan and an IEP – Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 201 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs;

Virginia Randolph students will walk the walk


Students at Henrico’s Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center will be taking their test scores and grades for a walk.

The two-school campus will drive home the aerobic-academic message with its second “Walk at School” event Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center students will walk at the schools’ Mountain Road athletic complex, and they’ll even have a DJ to keep them moving.

The public is invited to attend to encourage the walkers with words, a high five, a fist bump or a token from your business or organization

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