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Henrico to receive third round of pre-K funding


Henrico County and 10 other Virginia localities will receive a third round of funding through the federal Preschool Expansion Grant, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday. In total, Virginia will receive $17.5 million through the grant, which will allow the 11 localities to continue to serve at-risk four-year-olds in pre-kindergarten programs.

A total of more than $247.4 million was awarded to 18 states across the country in this third round of Preschool Expansion Grant awards. Virginia has received $17.5 million annually since 2014, following a rigorous application process.

18 Henrico students earn GRASP scholarships


GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 124 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $125,000 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2015. Eighteen Henrico County students earned scholarships.

“GRASP is delighted to be able to assist students in achieving their postsecondary education dreams, and our Last Dollars Scholarships often help cover the gap in costs between a school’s financial aid package and the total amount of money that is needed to attend that particular school.,” said Bob Holsworth, Chairman, GRASP Board of Directors. “We are especially grateful for our supporters and donors who make these scholarships possible. The Last Dollar Scholarships are another avenue GRASP uses to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school.”

Varina District meeting June 15 to address state of Henrico County Public Schools


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson and the Eastern Henrico Business Association will hold a Community Conversations meeting Monday, June 15 to discuss the state of Henrico County Public Schools.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road.

Varina District School Board representative John W. Montgomery Jr. and Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw will join Nelson for the discussion of school system trends, initiatives and issues.

Richmond Montessori School holds graduation ceremony


Seven students graduated from eighth grade at Richmond Montessori School last week, during a ceremony in the school's Lynn C. Humphreys Performing Arts Center. The students (pictured, from left) are Kiera Megan Wibberly (who will attend The Center for Education and Human Development at Glen Allen High School in the fall); Joshua Gregory Pei (Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School); Zoe Marisa Orr (Douglas S. Freeman High School); Blair Lee Hinckle (Trinity Episcopal School); Adrienne Michelle Eaheart (The Center for Information Technology at Deep Run High School); Gabrielle Rae Davenport (Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology); and Jackson Tyler Trent Burkey (The Math and Science High School at Clover Hill High School).

Henrico Schools to participate in USDA summer food service


Henrico County Public Schools, through its Division of School Nutrition Services, will participate in the 2015 Summer Food Service Program, which is administered by the US Department of Agriculture. The program provides meals to students enrolled in Henrico Schools summer programs or in those run by the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Food service will be from Monday through Thursday each week. (All sites will be closed July 2, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday. Schools already will be closed on July 3, as part of the summer schedule.)

Meals will be provided free of charge to children enrolled in HCPS or Department of Recreation and Parks summer programs.

HCPS to host job fair June 15


The Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources Department will host a job fair Monday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Virginia Employment Commission Resource Workforce Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road in Henrico. The school system is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers, cafeteria workers and custodians. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, Pupil Transportation, Custodial Services and School Nutrition Services departments will attend to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

“We’re looking for full-time employees who love children,” said Mary Alderson, HCPS human resources specialist.

Henrico graduations to be streamed online, on TV


Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place next week at VCU’s Siegel Center. The stream can be accessed from the school system's home page, http://henrico.k12.va.us, or from each high school’s home page. Graduations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) and shown again later in June.

The HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo albums daily on the division’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools, and on the HCPS website. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing later from the division’s website.

Marshall changes her mind, will seek re-election

UPDATE: JUNE 3, 10:58 P.M. – Two-term Tuckahoe District School Board member Lisa Marshall – who announced a little more than a month ago that she would give up her seat – has changed her mind and announced tonight that she will seek re-election in November after all.

Marshall changed her mind after seeing that no one had filed to run for the seat, with the deadline to file less than a week away.

2 Henrico students participate in White House event

Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe represented Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, were accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and joined approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady greeted the students, who then harvested vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoyed a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs.

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