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Nuckols Farm third-graders raise money for VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art

When the Institute for Contemporary Art opens its doors on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in 2016, there will no doubt be fanfare and a crowd of excited supporters on hand.

But perhaps no one will be more excited than a couple of Henrico County nine-year-olds who recently broke onto the ICA’s supporter list as the youngest of its founding donors.

Their donation grew out of a brainstorming session in which the two Nuckols Farm Elementary third-graders, Tess Freiman and Aly Betz, were casting about for ideas for their latest money-making project.

Collegiate donating to Richmond, Seattle hospitals in Russell Wilson’s honor

Collegiate School will show support for its Super Bowl-bound alumnus, Russell Wilson, by hosting a “Roar For Russell" Day on Jan. 31.

In addition to wearing "Roar For Russell" T-shirts and donning other Seahawks or Collegiate spirit wear, students, teachers, staff and parents are donating new books, family friendly DVDs, coloring books, crayons and stickers to youths who are patients at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, in Wilson's honor.

HCPS seeks bus driver applicants at job fair

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair Wednesday, Feb. 5 to identify candidates for full-time and substitute bus driver positions. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

“We have numerous contracted bus driver positions that offer full benefits and are looking for new members to join the HCPS driving force team,” said Assistant Director of Pupil Transportation Kevin Roye.

Varina High School celebrating ‘Michael Robinson Spirit Day’

For Varina High School students and staff, the 2014 Super Bowl is personal. The school will celebrate “Michael Robinson Spirit Day” Friday, in honor of the Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl fullback, who is a 2001 Varina graduate.

The school is encouraging students and staff to wear Seahawks gear, or the team’s green, navy and silver colors. Bobby Ukrop, president and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, donated cookies in Seahawks colors for the celebration. There are also two large good-luck banners for students to sign.

Teacher earns presidential honor

Science teacher Elizabeth Miller of Henrico County’s Trevvett Elementary School was one of 102 teachers nationwide to be honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, announced recently by President Barack Obama. Miller, a finalist in 2012, was recognized specifically for excellence in science instruction.

Trevvett principal Mandi Mulholland said that Miller is outstanding at helping her fourth- and fifth-graders connect to the subject matter. “She does a really great job of getting to know the students and what makes them tick,” Mulholland said. “It’s never quiet in her room — there’s always something going on and the students are excited and eager to tell you about what they are learning.”

HCPS district-wide spelling bee rescheduled for Jan. 29

Because of the threat of inclement weather, Henrico County Public Schools will postpone its district-wide spelling bee until Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. The contest will still be held at Hungary Creek Middle School. The event had been scheduled for tonight.

One winner from each of the 45 elementary schools and one winner from each of the 12 middle schools will compete, and HCPS-TV will be there to stream the event live. You can watch from your computer by going to the HCPS website at henrico.k12.va.us.

After-school program offers new support for autistic kids

After his continuous behavioral issues at school and a lack of understanding about his autism, Henrico resident Robin Davis didn’t know where to turn to help her son, Matthew, 13. Sounds, smells and sights were overwhelming for him, other kids were making fun of him, teachers were frustrated, and so was Davis.

“If I forced him to go to school, he would’ve ended up in the juvenile system because his anxiety is so bad,” Davis said. “I needed to protect him and give him the best shot possible. Most people just don’t know how to work with kids with autism and they require a lot of time, patience and understanding, but school is too rushed.”

HCPS launches student-created iPhone app


Henrico County Public Schools has launched an app of its HCPSLink academic web portal for parents and students – and the new iPhone software was created by a student.

The new mobile app provides students in grades 6-12 and their parents “a quick, easy, lightweight way to stay connected with student grades and assignments,” said HCPS Director of Technology Pete Taylor. “It’s easy to use and aesthetically pleasing.” The app is free, and available at the Apple App Store by searching “HCPS.”

13-year-old Wilder MS student charged with possession of gun at school

UPDATE: JAN. 14, 10:45 A.M. – A 13-year-old male student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property, a class 6 felony, after being taken into police custody yesterday at the school. Charges were placed yesterday afternoon, Henrico Police said, and the juvenile was placed into Juvenile Detention yesterday. A court date is set for later this month.

A police investigation into how the student obtained the weapon continues.

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