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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.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Tammy Sellers

Tammy Sellers is an 11-year special education teacher who voluntarily took over the Socially Integrated Services (SIS) zone program at R.C. Longan Elementary three years ago to work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Sellers didn’t envision herself becoming a teacher, but when she moved back home to Southwest Virginia after graduating from Ferrum College, she felt a void in her life that she needed to fill. Teaching would be her answer, and her motivation landed her at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, where she pursued a master’s in special education.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rebecca Friedlander

Although she comes from a family of teachers, it was the influence of her own first-grade teacher at Pemberton Elementary School that inspired Rebecca Friedlander to become one herself.

That teacher, Mrs. Powers, connected with Friedlander, working with her in class and even bringing work to her home at times. Powers’ dedication left a lasting impression on Friedlander, who often returned to her former teacher’s classroom later in her own elementary school career to assist younger students.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Joseph Palen

During Joseph Palen’s time at Deep Run High School, his ability to transcend subjects and reveal the universal language of mathematics to his students, paired with his genuine enthusiasm for the subject, has turned math into something his students become excited about.

“He has made his students understand mathematics in a way that no common core/standardized teacher could,” wrote one former student in a nomination letter. “He has impacted every single person I know that has taken his class because he has shown that everything is connected together. He has shown that even though you hate a subject, the subject deserves respect because it delves deeper than anyone will ever understand.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Roxanne Buff

Don’t make plans with Roxanne Buff on Labor Day afternoon – she’ll be busy, regardless of which year you had in mind.

Buff will be spending her time on the phone that day, calling the parents of each of her incoming kindergarten students on the afternoon before a new school year begins.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Doug Wright

Doug Wright took up teaching as a second career, after working as a musician for several years.

He considered becoming a probation officer instead of teaching, since he had gotten to know some criminals in the music industry. But eventually, he says, he ended up studying French – “because it sounded like music to me.”

Celebration planned for 46-year Lakeside ES teacher


Lakeside Elementary School will host a celebration June 9 for Carole Timberlake, a first-grade teacher at the school for the past 46 years, who is retiring this year.

The event will be held in the school's auditorium, beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Members of the public – including Timberlake's former students – are invited to attend. To RSVP, call (804) 261-5050 or register online at http://tinyurl.com/Timberlake46

Henrico HS to host benefit golf tournament


Henrico High School will host the first-annual “Building the Dream Scholarship and Warrior Fund Golf Tournament” June 11 at The Crossings Golf Course in Glen Allen. The event is a tax exempt 501 (c 3) foundation. The tournament is held in memory of Sheridan DeShawn Fuller, a 2015 graduate of Henrico High School, who died in October from leukemia.

Last year with the help of many contributors, the nonprofit foundation created to award the scholarships gave 14 scholarships worth $250 apiece to college- bound seniors who overcame major obstacles and challenges in their academic and personal lives.

Henrico student winner in state STEM contest

A Freeman High School student was one of five statewide winners in the 5th Annual STEM Essay Contest, presented by The Virginia Council of Women.

Freeman’s Meredith Wilson was the Richmond/Central Virginia region winner in the contest, which was established to award scholarships to high school junior or senior girls planning to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers at institutions of higher education. Each of this year’s winners received a $9,000 scholarship.

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