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Richmond Montessori students participate in ‘International Day of Peace’


As a part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Richmond Montessori School students participated in the International Day of Peace Sept. 21.

Students gathered in the morning and joined 125,000 students in 65 countries to sing “Light a Candle for Peace.” (Watch their performance at https://youtu.be/j8hxHgZcoos.)

Authors will discuss bullying during Hermitage HS visit

Hermitage High School will kick off a yearlong discussion on bullying using the books of two authors as a catalyst. On Friday morning, the student body will hear writers Erin Jade Lange and Meg Medina talk about themes of bullying, connecting and acceptance in their acclaimed young-adult novels. The Hermitage event is called Books Beat Bullies, and coincides with anti-bullying month.

Medina is a Henrico County resident whose daughter graduated from Hermitage in 2010. Lange is a journalist and writer who lives in Phoenix, Ariz.

The authors will also hold writers’ workshops, a book signing and question-and-answer sessions.

Henrico HS football team making an impact on and off the field


Before their Oct. 3 win over Atlee, the Henrico Warriors hadn’t allowed a touchdown all season. And while the football team has been exceptional at reading opposing offenses in 2014, it's sharing great reads with Henrico County elementary students.

Through a program called “Reading Warriors," Henrico High School teams and clubs visit elementary school classrooms, where they share books with younger students.

“These students are our leaders, and they need to be visible and involved,” said Jeffrey Millner, assistant principal at HHS. “We’re also branding Henrico High School as a premier school.

Sandston student named Virginia ABC College Tour peer advisor

Sandston resident Abby Pendleton, 21, is a sociology major at Longwood University, a graduate of Varina High School and a do-it-yourself project fanatic. She also is one of the first-ever peer advisors for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) College Tour.

College Tour is a series of one-day events that gives students the necessary alcohol education to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking, along with promoting a healthy lifestyle and leadership. This year’s tour will stop at James Madison University (Oct. 24), University of Richmond (Nov. 7), Virginia Tech (Feb. 21, 2015), the College of William and Mary (Mar. 21, 2015) and George Mason University (Mar. 24, 2015).

Virginia Randolph students will take a stroll Oct. 9

Students at Henrico County’s Campus at Virginia Randolph will be taking their test scores for a walk later this week.

Students at the two-school campus in Glen Allen will seek to prove the positive link between aerobic exercise and academic success with their first “Walk at School” event Oct. 9 at 9 a.m.

Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center students will walk at the schools’ Mountain Road athletic complex, and they’ll have a DJ to keep them moving.

‘Leader in Me’ book tour to stop at Henrico school


One of the authors of a best-selling book credited with improving schools is making Henrico's Holladay Elementary School one of her stops on a 30-city book tour.

Muriel Summers, a co-author of “The Leader in Me: How Schools Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time,” will appear Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. at Holladay. Five schools in Henrico County have instituted the “Leader in Me” program based on management guru Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” According program administrators FranklinCovey Education, nearly 2,000 schools in 25 countries have adopted the leadership program, and the book has sold more than 200,000 copies.

3 Henrico schools receive school security equipment grants

Three Henrico public schools were among more than 370 statewide to receive grants for security equipment from the state yesterday.

Henrico will receive a total of $72,880 for the equipment, to be purchased for Glen Lea, Highland Springs and Varina elementary schools.

In total, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced $6 million in funding for school security equipment at 373 schools and other facilities in 100 school divisions and six regional educational programs.

HCPS to host five meetings on proposed Code of Community Conduct

Henrico County Public Schools has scheduled a series of public meetings to receive feedback and new ideas on the proposed Code of Community Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. The proposed Code of Community Conduct outlines the roles and responsibilities of students, parents and guardians and school employees in order to maintain a safe, supportive environment that encourages citizenship.

The public meetings listed below will be attended by the district’s representative on the School Board, Superintendent Pat Kinlaw, and school division administrators.

NBC News’ Sara James to speak at Tucker HS convocation

NBC News Emmy award-winning correspondent Sara James will be the keynote speaker at the JR Tucker High School senior convocation Sept. 24. James, a Tucker alumna, lives in Australia and covers Australia and New Zealand for the network.

James graduated from JR Tucker in 1979 and the University of Virginia in 1983. As a reporter based in New York, she covered such major stories as the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudanese slavery. James was a part-time newsreader on the Today Show, was a guest host of Weekend Today and was a frequent MSNBC anchor, according to the biography on her website.

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