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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.

‘Project Plant It!’ visits Glen Allen ES


Glen Allen Elementary School third-graders enjoyed an interactive "Tree Trivia" assembly hosted April 21 by Dominion Resources and Power UP!, an entertainment company that partners with Dominion’s Project Plant It! program to teach students about trees and the environment.

Ranger Spruce Sassafras led students in a game-show style competition during which teams teams tested their knowledge of tree trivia.

More than 44,000 elementary students in six states, including elementary students in Henrico County Public Schools and other school systems throughout metro Richmond, are participating in Project Plant It! this spring.

Freeman HS team places third nationally in Constitutional competition


A team of Douglas S. Freeman High School students took third place in the national finals of the "We The People" competition. The annual contest pits 56 teams – each state’s champions and a few wild-card participants – in a test of in-depth knowledge of the US Constitution. Douglas Freeman’s team was chosen as a wild-card participant and the school’s third place finish was the best ever for an at-large choice in the competition’s 28-year history.

“Historically in the program, there are a handful of schools around the country that are always their state champions and always there, so it’s pretty hard to break into the top ten,” said team coach Robert Peck, head of the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas Freeman. “It was a big deal for us that we made the top ten as a wild-card team.

Federal grant will expand preschool program


Thanks to a $17.5 million federal grant to Virginia’s pre-kindergarten program for low-income children, more than 1,200 additional children will be able to attend preschool in 11 high-needs school divisions beginning next school year.

Henrico County is among the school systems that will benefit from the funding that the U.S. Department of Education recently awarded to the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Steward School named Green Ribbon School by US Dept. of Education

The Steward School was one of four schools in Virginia and one of 58 schools in the United States named a Green Ribbon School this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

The schools were honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. Nine colleges and universities also were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award.

Varina community meeting planned for Sunday

Courtesy BCWH
Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson will host a "village conversation" at Varina High School on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. The cafeteria was the site of a student brawl Monday that caused the school to be placed on lockdown. Cell phone video from the incident spread quickly on social media and caused concern among the community.

Nelson's meeting is designed to engage community members in a "solution-oriented discussion about children and parenting." The meeting is open to the public.

HCPS ARTS Festival planned Apr. 25-26


Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival moves into its second year with a weekend of music, drama and fine art. The Henrico ARTS festival – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will be held April 25 and 26 at Hermitage High School.

The festival will feature two days of diverse musical performances, interactive stations, displays of fine art from every school in the division and activities sponsored by local community partners and cultural centers. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

There also will be a Saturday talent showcase performance of “Henrico’s Rising Stars” at 4:30 p.m., after the rest of the festival closes for the day.

School plant sales planned


Two Henrico schools will hold spring plant sales in the coming weeks.

The sale at the Academy at Virginia Randolph April 23-24 will offer a large selection of annuals and perennials for sun and shade, as well as a selection of tomatoes and peppers. Only checks and cash will be accepted. Four-packs and six-packs of plants will cost $2 and $3; four-inch pots of mixed flowers and herbs $2 apiece; 4.5-inch pots of mixed flowers and perennials $4 apiece; geraniums $3 each; hanging baskets $8 each; 12-inch pots of herbs $12 apiece; and four-inch pots of tomatoes and peppers $2 each.

Virginia Randolph is located at 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

Kindergarten registration scheduled for April 16


Henrico County Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration Thursday, Apr. 16, for students who will be 5 years old by Sept. 30. Registration will be held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at all elementary schools in the county.

Visit http://www.henrico.k12.va.us (type "kindergarten" into the search bar) or dial (804) 652-3829 or "211" to learn what documentation and health forms you need to bring to register your child for kindergarten.

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The ACE Center at Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Rd., will sell poinsettias and other decorations for the holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Poinsettias, including Polly Pink, Prestige Pink, Maran, Snow Cap, Glitter and Jingle Bells, are in 6.5-inch pots and cost $8 each. Other items for sale include fresh green wreaths, 18-inch and 24-inch centerpieces, swags, tender succulents, paper whites ($5) and large Amaryllis ($15). For details, call 804-756-3020 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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