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Freeman HS team places third nationally in Constitutional competition


A team of Douglas S. Freeman High School students took third place in the national finals of the "We The People" competition. The annual contest pits 56 teams – each state’s champions and a few wild-card participants – in a test of in-depth knowledge of the US Constitution. Douglas Freeman’s team was chosen as a wild-card participant and the school’s third place finish was the best ever for an at-large choice in the competition’s 28-year history.

“Historically in the program, there are a handful of schools around the country that are always their state champions and always there, so it’s pretty hard to break into the top ten,” said team coach Robert Peck, head of the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas Freeman. “It was a big deal for us that we made the top ten as a wild-card team.

Glen Allen HS students spread safe driving message

Driving is something that many people take for granted, even though every time we enter a vehicle, we’re faced with multiple distractions. But how often do most drivers stop to examine how their everyday habits – such as using a cell phone, eating, listening to music, or talking with passengers – could affect their driving capabilities, their safety and that of others on the roads?

Glen Allen High School staff, students and the PTSA have organized a safe driving movement to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving and make drivers think twice about their unsafe habits.

Glen Allen HS honored with traffic safety award

Glen Allen High School recently was honored with a traffic safety award at the 2013 Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Program on July 25 in Lynchburg. The YOVASO Awards Banquet recognized organizations, individuals, and schools from Virginia that had demonstrated exemplary efforts during the 2012-13 academic year to encourage safe driving among teenagers.

Glen Allen High School’s continual efforts to end distracted driving earned them the Distracted Driving Prevention award.

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The Rite Aid Foundation has announced a $5,000 grant to the University of Richmond's chapter of Camp Kesem, a national network of college student-run summer camps for children with a parent who has or had cancer. Named after the Hebrew word for "magic," Camp Kesem is designed to give children ages 6-16 a fun and activity filled week with the extra support and attention they need. The Rite Aid Foundation's grant will help fund camper scholarships for children who couldn't otherwise afford to attend. The Rite Aid Foundation previously awarded $5,000 to Camp Kesem in 2012.

‘Arrive Alive’ tour visits Glen Allen HS

Dylan Gordon, a senior at Glen Allen H.S., took the wheel of a high-tech simulator May 21 as the Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE visited GAHS to raise awareness among teens of the dangers of distracted and drunken driving. Storn Olson of UNITE looked on from the window as Gordon, using a video simulator, moved from focused "driving" to driving while texting and while impaired.

Glen Allen High School wins ‘Arrive Alive’ contest

Glen Allen High School students will receive a day with the UNITE International Texting Simulator on May 21, after a group of students from the school won the 2013 “Arrive Alive PSA Contest,” sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), UNITE International, and the Virginia State Police Association (VSPA).

Glen Allen’s public service announcement focused on the dangers of texting while driving and posed the question, “Is it worth it?”

Varina HS celebrates 50 years at site

On May 5, 1963, at 3 p.m., officials of Varina High School dedicated their brand new school on Messer Road.

Exactly 50 years later, on May 5, 2013, at 3 p.m., VHS officials and community members will again congregate on Messer Road to dedicate the school and celebrate their sparkling new surroundings – courtesy of a three-year, $30-million renovation project of the facility and grounds.

Tucker HS hosting drive for Texas schools

A student at JR Tucker High School has organized a school supply and book drive to assist the schools in West, Texas, that were affected by last week's fertilizer plant explosion there. The blast damaged or destroyed three of the town's four schools and materials, which cannot be used.

Tucker student Shane Powers is encouraging members of the public to contribute school supplies and gently used, or new, books to the effort by dropping them off at the front office at Tucker.

Supporters seeking funding for Henrico HS title rings

Supporters of the state champion Henrico High School Warriors boys' basketball team are raising money to purchase championship rings for the team, which defeated Northside rival John Marshall to win the title earlier this month.

The school and school system do not budget for such expenses, so the purchase of rings requires other funding.

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