Second-annual denim drive at Regency Square raises more than $7k for Henrico schools

From left (back row) Regency Square General Manager Steve Bonniville; Dr. Nicholas Barlett, Brookland Middle School principal; Terry Larkin, Echo Lake Elementary School associate principal; Leigh Dunavant, Mills Godwin High School principal; Karin Castillo-Rose, Henrico High School principal; Andrew Mey, Douglas Freeman High School principal; Russ Rainer, Goodwill donor development coordinator; Troy Holland, John Rolfe Middle School CIS site coordinator; (front row) Mandi Mulholland, Springfield Park Elementary School principal; Will Brizendine, Pinchbeck Elementary School associate principal; Ann Greene, Tuckahoe Middle School principal; Dr. Michael Jackson, John Rolfe Middle School principal. (Courtesy Julie Gordon)
Goodwill of Central Virginia and Regency Square partnered for their second-annual denim drive this spring to benefit Henrico County Public Schools.

Each school competed within their elementary, middle and high school divisions as they vied for a piece of over $7,000 in prize money. Students were not the only ones contributing to the drive; various PTAs, clubs and community groups donated items to help their favorite school win.

All donated denim items counted toward the grand total, including jeans, shorts, skirts, shirts and jackets. Each piece counted as one point, and the top three schools with the most points in each division came away with money for their school.

Sixty percent of Henrico County’s schools participated in the program, up from 55 percent last year. Goodwill volunteers and staff collected the items at Regency Square on the weekends of April 22-23 and 29-30. More than 6,500 denim items were donated, more than doubling last year’s total.

At an awards ceremony at the mall May 6, the top schools in each division were recognized:

Elementary schools
First place: Echo Lake Elementary School
Second place: Springfield Park Elementary School
Third place: Raymond B. Pinchbeck Elementary School

Middle schools
First place: Tuckahoe Middle School
Second place: John Rolfe Middle School
Third place: Brookland Middle School

High schools
First place: Mills E. Godwin High School
Second place: Henrico High School
Third place: Douglas S. Freeman High School
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Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field


Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. > Read more.

Business in brief


Eisenman & Associates, Inc. employee Tracie Grady recently was named the 2017 Virginia Business Meeting Planner of the Year. Grady was chosen by a committee of industry leaders among 19 nominees. The award is a partnership between Virginia Business magazine and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Its goal is to recognize the unsung hero of the association, non-profit, and business world, the professional meeting planner. Grady works with clients in a number of areas, including membership management, publication design, membership directories and convention/tradeshow programs. She has worked in the association industry, primarily focused on meeting planning, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of VCU. Eisenman & Associates, Inc. is an association management and meetings consulting company. > Read more.

Lakewood to break ground on $64M expansion


A senior community in Henrico's Far West End is planning a massive expansion project.

Lakewood, located on Lauderdale Drive, will break ground on the project Oct. 19 during a celebration that also will commemorate the community's 40th anniversary. > Read more.

Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study


The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives. > Read more.

Nominations open for REB awards for principals


Nominations are open for the 2017-18 REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, The Community Foundation’s yearly awards that identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area.

Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Nominees can be principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond who have served in their current positions for at least three years. > Read more.

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