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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.

Glen Allen students win Reflections awards

Three Glen Allen High School students were winners in the PTA Reflections Contest recently. Junior Noah Carpenter (pictured above, right) won the Award of Excellence in the Virginia PTA Reflections Contest for his film entitled “A Better World Starts at Home.” Junior Katherine Weber (left), won the Richmond District’s Outstanding Interpretation Award for Music Composition. Freshman Abby Dodd (center) won the Richmond District’s Outstanding Interpretation Award for Dance Choreography.

HCPS wins national K-12 ‘Team Award’

The Consortium for School Networking, the premier professional association for school system technology leaders, recently recognized Henrico County Public Schools with the association’s 2015 Team Award.

The award recognizes an exceptional school-system team for advancing education technology and working to improve student learning, opportunities and access.

“Henrico has been a leader in education technology for many years. In fact, the district launched one of America’s first large-scale one-to-one [laptop] initiatives nearly 15 years ago,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of the organization.

HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 16th year


Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education for the 16th year in a row. HCPS has received the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants in each of the 16 years the group has given the awards. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 16 years.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.

Deep Run Marathon Dance raises $216,753 for charities


The Ninth Annual Deep Run Marathon Dance may have exhausted the hundreds of high school students who participated, but it provided an invigorating boost to 12 charities. The 27-hour Deep Run High School event raised $216,753, bringing its nine-year fundraising total to more than $1.5 million. The Deep Run Marathon Dance ranks second nationally in fundraising for such events.

Participating students checked in on Friday night, March 20 and left 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours.

‘All Henrico Reads’ author Tayari Jones to speak at Glen Allen High School


Nationally acclaimed author Tayari Jones will speak at Glen Allen High School Wednesday, April 1 as part of the annual "All Henrico Reads" program. At a morning event at the school, Jones will speak to students from across Henrico County. Her evening appearance, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., is open to the general public and is free. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her book “Silver Sparrow” is the program’s featured title, and will be available for sale, as will Jones’ other books. The book is set in a 1980s middle-class Atlanta neighborhood and is about two families with the same father, James Witherspoon. One is Witherspoon’s public family, the other a secret. When daughters from each family become friends, the resulting explosion shakes relationships and illusions. The book was named a Library Journal Top Ten Book for 2011.

Freeman students ‘Read Aloud’

A group of Freeman High School students who volunteer for LitWorld, a literacy nonprofit, visited Maybeury Elementary School on World Read Aloud Day Mar. 4 to read to students there. Pictured at right are the Freeman students (from left to right): Maddie Albrecht, Keely Wood, Ann Allred, Cailey Cummins, Hannah Lettshek, Harrison Car, Amanda Sasina, Emily Bratton, Ryan Bryson.

Ninth annual Deep Run HS Marathon Dance planned March 20-21


Deep Run High School’s charity dance shows no sign of stopping. The ninth annual Deep Run Marathon Dance will be held March 20-21 at the Henrico County school. The eight preceding dances have raised a total of $1.36 million for Richmond-area nonprofits.

Hundreds of participating students will check in on Friday night and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. This year, proceeds from the Deep Run Marathon Dance will go to 12 nonprofits, including CARITAS, Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Virginia.

The dance ranks no. 2 nationally among such events in fundraising.

Steward to host ‘Pancakes for a Purpose’ March 21


The Steward School will host "Pancakes for a Purpose" from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, to celebrate the legacy of late Associate Head of School for Community Advancement Debbie Robson. Robson’s loss spurred the school community to build upon her desire to strengthen school pride.

The event is free, but suggested donations are $5 for individuals and $20 maximum per family. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. until noon in the Middle School Dining Commons on The Steward School campus at 11600 Gayton Road. Children’s activities and planting in the school’s Ipsen Gardens will take place throughout the morning.

Proceeds from the event will support the recently created Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship, a four-year scholarship for two rising ninth graders.

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