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Three Henrico students participating in 8-day James River Expedition

Three Henrico-area high-school students will embark on an eight-day journey down the James River Saturday along with seven other nearby students as part of the James River Expedition program.

The three Henrico students — Jillian Stuckey, John Vithoulkas and Jack Drimer — will participate in the third and final leg of the expedition, traveling along the James River from Richmond to the Chesapeake Bay. Along the way, the group will make several stops to learn about the science and history of the river.

Recent HCPS grad to be honored as Youth Philanthropist of the Year

Anna Wong, a 2013 graduate of J.R. Tucker High School, will be recognized this month as Youth Philanthropist of the Year. The award is being presented by The Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Virginia Chapter as part of its celebration of National Philanthropy Day.

Wong, who was nominated by The Daily Planet, will join six other individuals and groups who are being honored for their outstanding philanthropy in the greater Richmond region.

Henrico students help build Henrico Police substation

Henrico County CPS Career and Technical Education students have teamed up with Henrico Police to build a new substation at Virginia Center Commons.
The substation, which is nearly complete, will provide increased visibility for Henrico Police and has reinforced a strong relationship between students and county law enforcement.

A Staff/Student Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the new substation, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen, to give the public an opportunity to see the results of this partnership.

Glen Allen HS students spread safe driving message

Driving is something that many people take for granted, even though every time we enter a vehicle, we’re faced with multiple distractions. But how often do most drivers stop to examine how their everyday habits – such as using a cell phone, eating, listening to music, or talking with passengers – could affect their driving capabilities, their safety and that of others on the roads?

Glen Allen High School staff, students and the PTSA have organized a safe driving movement to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving and make drivers think twice about their unsafe habits.

Fairfield MS teacher earns national award

Raytheon recently selected Fairfield Middle School math teacher Andrew Senka as one of its 32 “Math Heroes” award-winners in the nation. In his second year at Fairfield, Senka has developed a reputation for 21st century, student-centered instruction in which all students feel valued.

“I try to make my classroom an inviting and comfortable place that encourages the students to express themselves as both students and as teachers within a safe environment,” Senka said.

Faison Residence taking shape

The Faison Centers of Excellence broke ground Sept. 26 on The Faison Residence, a residential community for young adults with autism in Henrico’s Near West End, at the corner of West Broad Street and Byrd Avenue.

The facility will be the first residential community of its kind on the eastern seaboard. It will cost $15 million and have 45 apartments, about one-third of which will house young adults with developmental disabilities. The others will house a group of teachers, nursing assistants and other professionals.

Vendors sought for second annual Hermitage High School craft fair

Hermitage High School's second annual craft fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, 8301 Hungary Spring Road. Crafters interested in participating may contact Melissa Conti at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (804) 836-8228. Rental fees are $35 for a 9-foot by 9-foot space or $25 for a 6-foot by 4-foot space. Rental tables are available for $10 apiece.

HCPS launches smartphone app for school menus

Henrico County Public Schools' Nutrition Services has launched a smartphone app that provides a list of lunch menu items. It's among the first such apps in the nation.

“School Lunch by Nutrislice” is available in the Apple App Store for iPhones and in Google Play for Android phones. The information can also be viewed online at http://henrico.nutrislice.com

School Board appoints Boyle as new Three Chopt representative

ONLINE UPDATE: 7:25 P.M. (New information added at 8:46 P.M.) – By a unanimous vote, the Henrico County School Board has named Robert G. Boyle, Jr. to serve as the interim Three Chopt District representative to the board.

Boyle, 43, will fill the vacancy created last month when Three Chopt member Diana Winston resigned her seat. The county will hold a special election for the seat in November 2014, and the winner will serve the remainder of the term, through 2015. All five School Board seats will be up for election in November 2015, with the winners taking office to begin their four-year terms in January 2016.

Boyle is an attorney with Hirschler Fleischer in Richmond. He will be sworn in Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

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