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CBF immerses local teachers in Bay ecology

Just how far will a middle school science teacher go in pursuit of becoming a better educator?

For two teachers from Holman Middle School, the desire to get better at their jobs prompted them to endure bug bites, 90-plus temperatures and primitive living conditions, and took them to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, where they spent nights in rustic cabins without air conditioning, showers, or many of the comforts of home.

As an added bonus, they endured – or enjoyed, in some cases – numerous eyeball-to-eyeball encounters with scaly, slimy water creatures.

EHBA donates 40 bikes

Principal Paul Llewellyn of Seven Pines Elementary School in Sandston sat in a small room in the school library earlier this month with a helmet on his head, stared fixedly into a video camera and told his students that they rocked their standards of learning tests.

“I’m so proud of you guys,” Llewellyn said as he prepared to draw four names in the third annual bike raffle during the special morning video announcement. “You did better than any other year of testing at Seven Pines.”

Two years ago, Eastern Henrico Business Association President Mark Romers was approached about helping to fund the purchase of two bikes for the raffle to help incentivize performance on the spring testing.

Solar picnic

Thanks to a grant from the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF), Pinchbeck Elementary School fourth graders enjoy the use of 14 Earthboxes each year in which to grow food. This year, they planted and grew a variety of fresh herbs, which they harvested and washed for a solar energy picnic held June 14 at the school.

Among the varieties of teas brewed in solar jugs and sampled at the picnic were peppermint, spearmint, chamomile, lemon verbena, and pineapple sage; pouring tea, from left, are Sandra Ngo, Natalia Paolini-Medina, Samantha Davis, and Logan Martin. Students also prepared snacks of crackers topped with cheese and their own grown herbs (chives and varieties of basil), built their own solar cookers, and cooked hotdogs.

Henrico students begin James River journey

Every student in Virginia should have a meaningful watershed experience before graduating, but the James River Association is taking that experience one step further with its second James River Expedition program, said trip leader Gabe Silver.

“Our goal is really to take someone when they’re young and give them an experience that really stands out in their memory, to take someone not necessarily who is going to go into conservation or environmental field, but someone who is going to go far in life and is going to be a leader, and show them how important and core our water resources
are,” he said.

Deep Run sending three graduates to West Point

With a 13 percent acceptance rate according to http://www.collegeprowler.com the U,nited States Military Academy at West Point (Army) is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Try telling that to Deep Run High School, which is sending three students – Ricky Black III, Stephen Brooks and Patrick Gardner – from its 2012 graduating class to the prestigious academy.

Brooks and Gardner will be playing together on Army’s baseball team.

Project SEARCH students graduate with jobs

Twenty years ago, Bradford Hulcher wouldn’t have believed that her son, Sam, would have a job after high school.

But earlier this month, after graduating from the yearlong Project SEARCH internship program, Sam Hulcher and six other young adults with autism from Henrico County were offered jobs at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.

“I’m just so excited,” Bradford Hulcher said.

Project SEARCH is a national program that provides internships for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them develop skills and work experience.

Get movin’!

Among the area youth taking part in the "Movin’ Mania" kick-off rally at the Science Museum of Virginia June 14, which included music from The Diggity Dudes, were 150 students from Montrose Elementary School in Henrico County. "Movin’ Mania" is a community-wide, healthy kids initiative led by Bon Secours Virginia Health System to address childhood obesity in Central Virginia. The initiative is designed to provide education, awareness and a foundation for healthy habits to alleviate chronic disease in the next generation of Virginians.

Tree teachers

Two Henrico residents played key roles with Dominion's Project Plant It! program this year. Molly Nugent, a third-grade student at Rivers Edge Elementary, served as the student spokesperson and appeared on several television and radio shows to share what she learned about trees and the environment. Andy Hunt (Godwin Class of 2004) played the role of Ranger Spruce Sassafras for Radio Disney's Tree Trivia assemblies held at 20 schools throughout Virginia. During the assemblies, students cheered for trees while answering trivia questions in a game-show format hosted by the Ranger.

Graduation 2012

Take a photographic look back at the graduation ceremonies of Henrico County's Class of 2012 through the eyes of Henrico Citizen photographers.

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