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 promotional company changes name


Henrico-based brand merchandising company NewClients, Inc. has changed its name to Boost Promotional Branding.

The company is one of the nation's largest in the branded merchandise industry. Founded in 1981, its serves more than 5,000 clients – including many Fortune 500 companies – nationwide. > Read more.

Lidl competition offers shoppers chance to win NYC trip


Three Lidl shoppers will win trips to New York City to receive a first-look at the Esmara by Heidi Klum collection and attend an international runway event debuting the collection. The contest is open to residents of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina – the three states in which Lidl currently operates grocery stores. The chain opened two stores in Henrico County last month. > Read more.

Glen Allen advances in 14U Babe Ruth World Series


The Glen Allen Babe Ruth Baseball League 14-year-old all-star team advanced to the single-elimination round of the 14-year-old World Series, which the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association is hosting at RF&P Stadium in Glen Allen. > Read more.

Earnhardt gives Redskins a ride


Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88, stopped at Richmond Raceway Aug. 8 in advance of the track’s NASCAR weekend in September. He was joined by five players from the Washington Redskins, who were in town for the team's training camp, which concluded Aug. 14. The day in Richmond gave Earnhardt and the Redskins players an opportunity to see how the athletes compete in their respective sports. > Read more.

READ Center a finalist for $25k grant


The READ Center is a top-200 cause finalist in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program, making it eligible to earn a $25,000 grant to support adult literacy in the Richmond region. The 40 organizations from across the nation with the most votes will win grants.

The READ Center, based in Henrico, provides classroom instruction and one-to-one tutoring to adults with very low literacy. > Read more.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will offer the class “Garden to Glass: Cocktails from Late Summer’s Bounty” from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn how to use smoked, charred and grilled produce from the late summer harvest to create delicious craft cocktails and accompanying hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $24 for Garden members and $37 for nonmembers; fee includes samples of the cocktail recipes, hors d’oeuvres and admission to the final evening of Flowers After 5. To register, visit http://www.lewisginter.org. Full text

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