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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.

HCPS seeks bus drivers, school nutrition substitutes


Henrico Schools is hiring bus drivers and school nutrition substitutes. The school system will host a job fair Tuesday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East Street.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources, Pupil Transportation and School Nutrition Services departments will conduct preliminary interviews on site with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

Henrico County Public Schools wins 9 national awards


Nine Henrico County Public Schools’ initiatives have been recognized in the 2016 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize groundbreaking county government programs across the nation. HCPS winners were:

• Homegrown Diesel Tech: A Partnership of Schools and Central Automotive Maintenance, Henrico County Public Schools
• Instructional Technology Website
• ZippSlipping into Libraries

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 Public Schools wins two ‘Creating Excellence’ awards from VDOE


The Henrico County Public Schools system earned two statewide honors this week at the Creating Excellence Awards Program, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System and held June 9 in Richmond.

The HCPS sports medicine program won the Region One Program award, and the Computer Systems Technology Advisory Committee won the region's Advisory Committee award.

Students earn teaching jobs


From the moment they complete high school, graduates’ thoughts already are beginning to turn toward the job market and the anxieties of finding a career after graduating college. These concerns are no longer present for 19 high school seniors in Henrico.

This group of 19 students is part of the HCPS Teacher Scholars Program. The program, now in its second year, awards successful students who have an interest in education with a guaranteed teaching position in Henrico County following graduation, as well as a $5,000 scholarship.

HCPS officials selected awardees through an application process and a “mock lesson” delivered to a selection panel.

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 http://www.reynolds.edu. 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.

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Henricus Historical Park will present Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas at Henricus from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This event will feature first-person character interpretation of the etiquette, norms, customs, and laws regarding Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th-century. Experience holiday traditions of different socio-economic homes and enjoy period dance and song in the hospital. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org. Full text

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