Mud pies, skies and butterflies

Math Science Innovation Center in Eastern Henrico celebrates 50 years of wonder

Even the most relaxed parents may blanch on occasion at the thought of letting their kids delve deeply into buckets of mud or handle insects and spiny sea creatures. Throw in the mention of exploring a spider room, and some might barely suppress shudders.

But at the MathScience innovation center (MSIC) in Eastern Henrico County, flies and mud pies are all part of the game – and the learning.

Through SEARCH, disabled students find answers

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

With that quote, Project SEARCH Director Jennifer McDonough thanked the five graduates of this year's program during a ceremony June 10 at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital in Henrico, telling them that their hard work and dedication had paid off.

Project SEARCH – a program that began in 2009 and has snowballed into a nationwide organization with programs in more than 400 communities – provides yearlong opportunities for high school students with autism and other disabilities to train and work within hospitals.

HCPS announces ‘Un-Initiative’ winners

Three ideas designed to save time and resources are the winners of Henrico County Public Schools' second-annual "Un-Initiative."

Six HCPS employees who submitted the ideas will receive cash prizes for their efforts. The school division’s unique policy-housecleaning contest is designed to eliminate or reduce outdated initiatives or tasks to promote more efficient and effective efforts.

Superintendent Pat Kinlaw writes personal checks to the individuals who suggested the winning ideas. Henrico parent Burt Hazelwood also assists by providing funds to reward additional employees for their suggestions.

Reynolds CC fall registration opens June 13

Reynolds Community College's open registration for the 2016 fall semester starts June 13. Through the start of classes Aug. 22, students may register online at Students also may register in-person in Enrollment Services, located on each campus, from June 13 to Aug. 12 and Aug. 15 to 20.

Reynolds also will host a number of new student orientation sessions in June, July and August for students who will be starting college in the fall.

Henrico students honored with Wegmans scholarship

Three Henrico students are among the graduating seniors who received a $500 scholarship as part of Wegmans’ Employee Scholarship Program.

In total eight local students were given the scholarship, which is awarded to student-employees who exemplify the family-owned company’s values: Caring, respect, high standards, empowerment and making a difference. The three Henrico students are: Michelle Swanson – Deep Run High School, Stephen Tivenan – Mills E. Godwin High School and Olivia Williams – Glen Allen High School.

Five Henrico students win scholar-athlete awards

Five Henrico student-athletes were among students from the Metro Richmond region who earned scholarships at the Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner, held recently at the Jefferson Hotel.

Since its inception in 1992, the program has distributed nearly $1 million to local students who excel in athletics and academics.

Five students in Henrico won $2,500 scholarships: Annemarie Beran – J. R. Tucker High School; Ashley Brown – Henrico High School; Sydney Whitaker – Deep Run High School; Coleman Greene – Douglas Freeman High School; and Darrell Woodard Jr. – Varina High School.

Two Henrico students earn National Merit Scholarships

More than 1.5 million high school students took the PSATs their junior year in hopes of receiving a National Merit scholarship.

Henrico students Jackson Brunner and Nathaniel Smith did just that.

After the pool of test scores was winnowed down to 16,000 semifinalists, entrants were evaluated based on an application including an essay and information about their participation in extracurricular activities.

Free movies, music, TV shows now available through the Henrico County Public Library

A new app and website called Hoopla is giving Henrico residents access to more than 350,000 movies, music and television shows for free.

The Henrico County Public Library announced its partnership with Hoopla on June 1 – one that will give citizens access to 24/7 streaming and temporary downloads onto their computers and smart devices.

Henrico is the 15th library system in Virginia to partner with Hoopla Digital. Officials hope that as the country becomes more digitized the new service will encourage people to continue using the library as a source of learning and entertainment.

HCPS-TV to stream Henrico graduations on TV, online

Henrico County Public Schools this year will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at VCU’s Siegel Center. Henrico's public high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies June 14-16.

The stream may be accessed at or through each individual high school’s home page. Graduations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) and again later in June. The stream may be accessed on any desktop or mobile device.

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