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Henrico Schools to participate in USDA summer food service


Henrico County Public Schools, through its Division of School Nutrition Services, will participate in the 2016 Summer Food Service Program 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 Monday, July 4, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.) Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Getting to know…Stephen Hickman

In December, the Collegiate School announced Stephen Hickman as the new Head of School. Hickman set up office at Collegiate in July and has been preparing for what will be the school’s 99th year. He recently sat down with the Citizen to discuss his new role.

Henrico Citizen: Talk about what prepared you to take on the job as Collegiate Head of School.

HickmanMy preparation really goes back to when I was in high school. I felt that my future was in education. I had some wonderful mentors and teachers and coaches. Even when I was in business for roughly 17 years – I was in the securities industry working with NASDAQ for most of that time – I never lost the passion for education. It had done so much for me; education literally changed my life.

Fair(field) market value

Healthy eating, business sense and the value of entrepreneurship are among the many lessons students from Fairfield Middle School learned this summer.

The Fairfield Middle School East End Community Garden, a student-run farmers’ market that has operated each Wednesday, concluding Aug. 13, has served as the training ground for these skills.

Fairfield math teacher Amanda Hall dreamed up the farmers’ market two years ago.

Villa starts new autism intervention program

St. Joseph’s Villa recently launched an early intervention program for children ages 2 to 5 with autism. The program, one of the first of its kind in Central Virginia, operates on the Villa campus and is overseen by Adam Dreyfus, director of the Villa’s Sarah Dooley Center for Autism.

The program was formed in response to the increasing rate of autism in the nation and an improved ability for its diagnosis as early as age 2.

15 Henrico teachers participating in science program

Fifteen Henrico elementary school teachers recently were selected to participate in a free year-long professional development project designed to change the way science is taught in schools across the state.The Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) teaches teachers how to shift from the traditional lecture-led classroom to problem-based learning (examining “real world” problems and thinking like scientists to find solutions).

More teachers from Henrico are participating than from any other school district in the state.

Chamber, colleges unite to create intern clearinghouse

The Greater Richmond Chamber, in partnership with the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, recently launched RVAIntern.com, a website through which businesses in the Richmond region can recruit qualified interns from colleges and universities in Central Virginia.

The one-stop site allows employers to submit their internship needs simultaneously to seven schools. Prior to the site's launch, businesses had to visit the websites of each of the seven participating schools to post opportunities to each one.

Citizen seeks HS correspondents

Are you a high school student with an interest in covering your school's sports teams for the Henrico Citizen? Do you know a student who would be interested?

The Citizen is seeking high school correspondents to provide coverage throughout the school year on HenricoCitizen.com.

St. Gertrude receives challenge grant for Henrico athletic facility


The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 challenge grant in support of Saint Gertrude High School’s campaign to build the school’s first Outdoor Athletic Center (OAC.) The challenge grant will help complete construction on the $2.5 million facility at 490 Scott Road in northern Henrico County, which opened in late 2012.

The school must raise $100,000 in matching gifts from all sources in order to qualify for the grant. New or increased gifts or pledges qualify as matching gifts.

“The grant comes at a crucial time in our campaign,” said Susan Walker, president of Saint Gertrude High School.

United they run


It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them.

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