VHBG hosts first pinewood derby

Pictured, from left, are the top three finishers in the first VHBG pinewood derby. Aidan Spillman (third-place), Jeff Wagner (first place) and Rick Zamjohn (second place).
Science plays a critical role in racing all types of cars – and some local students learned that firsthand recently.

Students at John G. Wood, a nonprofit alternative school located on the campus of Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, applied science to cars they made using pine wood in their Career and Technical Education (CTE) class, then raced the cars to demonstrate the principals of motion.

In all, 16 cars – carefully crafted for speed and looks – competed. Cars could not exceed a five-ounce weight limit; any added weight could not hang over the front or rear of the car; and all cars had to use the wheels, axles and block given. All of the tools in the school wood shop were available for use and everyone was encouraged to be as creative as possible.

“Students learned a lot by doing this project,” said Rick Zamjohn, CTE Teacher at JGW. “Understanding the principles of motion is very important as they are the key to a winning car. Reducing friction is also important in producing a championship car.”

The double-elimination tournament was more than a car race. It was, according to VHBG officials, a way to build resilience skills by focusing on the growth needs of children: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

It was the first pine wood car race at JGW. Zamjohn and volunteer Tim Schmitt built the track, and tools were donated as part of a larger upgrade to the school's wood shop.

The grand prize winner was Jeff Wagner, a ninth-grader, who could hardly contain his excitement. With dreams of driving a real car someday, Wagner and his classmates now have a better understanding of how cars move.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will celebrate Rose Fest from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rose Garden. Walk through winding paths of 1,800 roses and enjoy live entertainment and other activities. The Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform at 12:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Rose Fest is included with Garden admission which is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 55+, $10 for military (with ID) and $8 for children 3-12. For details, visit http://www.lewisginter.org. Full text

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