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HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones.

Chamber, colleges unite to create intern clearinghouse

The Greater Richmond Chamber, in partnership with the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, recently launched RVAIntern.com, a website through which businesses in the Richmond region can recruit qualified interns from colleges and universities in Central Virginia.

The one-stop site allows employers to submit their internship needs simultaneously to seven schools. Prior to the site's launch, businesses had to visit the websites of each of the seven participating schools to post opportunities to each one.

Citizen seeks HS correspondents

Are you a high school student with an interest in covering your school's sports teams for the Henrico Citizen? Do you know a student who would be interested?

The Citizen is seeking high school correspondents to provide coverage throughout the school year on HenricoCitizen.com.

St. Gertrude receives challenge grant for Henrico athletic facility


The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 challenge grant in support of Saint Gertrude High School’s campaign to build the school’s first Outdoor Athletic Center (OAC.) The challenge grant will help complete construction on the $2.5 million facility at 490 Scott Road in northern Henrico County, which opened in late 2012.

The school must raise $100,000 in matching gifts from all sources in order to qualify for the grant. New or increased gifts or pledges qualify as matching gifts.

“The grant comes at a crucial time in our campaign,” said Susan Walker, president of Saint Gertrude High School.

United they run


It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them.

GRASP awards scholarships to 31 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 163 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $161,000 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2014 – including 31 to Henrico students.

“We had an overwhelming number of scholarship applicants this year and were most impressed with the talent of our GRASP students. It is always exciting to be able to award deserving students our Last Dollar Scholarships which give students that extra financial bonus toward achieving their post-secondary education dreams,” said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO.

Henrico students honored at National SkillsUSA Championships

Several local students earned awards recently at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

High-scorers in each of 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking, earned Skill Point certificates for their work.

Getting a jump on the job hunt

Difficult economic times can hit young workers particularly hard. Thirty Highland Springs High School students recently gained an edge by taking part in a job-shadowing program through Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and Capital One.

Students in the JA Job Shadow program participated in sessions dedicated to career research, job-seeking and preparation. During a four-hour visit to the Capital One campus June 3, students toured the company’s Technology Operations Center and participated in a Q-and-A session with Capital One executives on topics such as professionalism, ethics in the workplace and job search challenges.

Henrico teacher attends VCET academy

Janet Givens, a first-grade teacher at Henrico’s Kaechele Elementary School, was among 100 Virginia teachers selected to participate in one of four new Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching summer academies in classroom instruction, education policy and leadership last month. Givens attended the Interdisciplinary Studies Academy June 22-27 at George Mason University in Fairfax.

Funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, each of the four academies accepted 25 teachers.

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