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School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund.

Reynolds’ ‘Preview Day’ scheduled for Jan. 7


Reynolds Community College will host "Preview Day" on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library and Technology Center on the college’s Parham Road Campus, 1651 E. Parham Road.

Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective students to apply to the college, take placement tests, meet with an advisor, learn about scholarships and financial aid and register for spring semester classes. Students also will have the opportunity to speak with university transfer admissions specialists about transferring from Reynolds to a four-year institution. The four-year college representatives at Preview Day will serve on a panel and later speak with students directly about the transfer process to their prospective institutions.

Henrico teacher among Census Bureau program content creators


Montrose Elementary School teacher Emily McMillen is among a select group of teachers chosen to create content for a newly updated U.S. Census Bureau program called Statistics in Schools.

In September, the U.S. Census Bureau unveiled the revised program (available at census.gov/schools) for K-12 teachers and students.

It offers free, classroom-ready geography, history/social studies, math and sociology activities and resources that incorporate current and historical data to help students understand real-world applications of statistics.

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.

Henrico to receive third round of pre-K funding


Henrico County and 10 other Virginia localities will receive a third round of funding through the federal Preschool Expansion Grant, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday. In total, Virginia will receive $17.5 million through the grant, which will allow the 11 localities to continue to serve at-risk four-year-olds in pre-kindergarten programs.

A total of more than $247.4 million was awarded to 18 states across the country in this third round of Preschool Expansion Grant awards. Virginia has received $17.5 million annually since 2014, following a rigorous application process.

Henrico Schools to host job fair Dec. 6


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico Workforce Resource Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road. The school division is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, along with substitutes for both school nutrition and custodial services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will attend the event to talk with interested candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

Henrico Schools to host town hall meeting Dec. 5


Henrico County Public Schools officials will discuss the division's efforts to enhance and improve student achievement during a town hall meeting Dec. 5 at Varina High School.

The number of fully accredited Henrico County schools rose to 48 this year, up from 45 last year, but seven Henrico schools were denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. HCPS officials will discuss how the division is making gains and working toward its goal of full accreditation for all schools.

AT&T donates $35,000 to Henrico Education Foundation


With a recent $35,000 contribution from AT&T, the Henrico Education Foundation will help economically disadvantaged students prepare for college and beyond.

Vince Apruzzese, AT&T’s regional vice president for external affairs in Virginia, announced the donation on behalf of the company this week. AT&T’s support will help keep students on a path to graduation and prepare the region’s future business, tech and community leaders, he said. The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature philanthropic initiative that seeks to drive innovation in education. The program has donated more than $250 million to educational initiatives since 2008 and aims to donate another $100 million through 2017.

Henrico fourth-graders to benefit from National Park Foundation grant


Nearly 2,500 fourth-graders from Henrico, Hanover and Richmond will have the opportunity to visit their local national parks and receive an annual pass to visit other federal lands and waters – all for free – thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation.

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site and Richmond National Battlefield Park were among the sites selected by the foundation, the National Park Service’s official charitable partner. The funds will be used to transport fourth-graders from the Richmond region on field trips to the parks, helping them connect with outdoor spaces and enjoy them as living classrooms. "Every Kid in a Park" programs at Richmond’s national parks emphasize the area’s rich Civil War and Civil Rights history, including a new program at Fort Harrison that explores soldiers’ experiences and the efforts of the National Park Service to protect the site.

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