McEachin’s Education Task Force to host education forum

U.S. Congressman A. Donald McEachin (Virginia - Fourth District) Aug. 12 will host the “Know Your Rights: Parent Power” education forum to bring education advocates and professionals together to help inform parents about their rights, resources and services available to them and their students.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street in Richmond. The keynote address, Helping You Help Your Child," will be given at 10 a.m. by Rachael Dean, the legal director of the JustChildren program.

The event also will include a panel discussion – "Alternative Discipline Strategies" – featuring Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor and ChildSavers CEO L. Robert Bolling. It will be moderated by former Richmond School Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed.

Two workshops – “All things IEP: Parent Empowerment through Knowledge, Organization, and Persistence” and “A Parent Power Tool: Take Care of You” also will be part of the event. The latter will be presented by Henrico County Public Schools social worker Jeanette L. Clements.

Parents are invited to attend the forum for an opportunity to meet and chat one-on-one with education experts, professionals and advocates.
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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia


Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer. > Read more.

UMFS has urgent need for foster parents


UMFS officials say they have a desperate need for more foster families in the Richmond region and Central Virginia, especially those who would receive teenagers currently in the foster care system.

In recent years throughout the state, the number of children entering the foster care system has grown. > Read more.

VSP issues warning about automated traffic ticket email scam

Virginia State Police officials are warning Virginians about an email scam that tells people they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the agency. State Police do not use or issue digital or automated traffic tickets or summonses, however. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and not click on any links provided in the email, police said. > Read more.

READ Center offers free classes, training to low-literate people


One in six adults in Metro Richmond has literacy issues, and the READ Center in Henrico County is working to address the issue.

Next week – Sept. 24-30 – is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, a time during which the READ Center is shining a light on its efforts to help some of the 35,000 adults in the region for whom reading, writing and basic math remain an elusive target. > Read more.

Play Day RVA planned for Sept. 21


The Richmond region will celebrate Play Day RVA Thursday, Sept. 21, with activities throughout the area to celebrate the opportunities that exist to play in the community. Dozens of employers, local governments, schools and community organizations will participate by hosting events that integrate playful activities into daily life and spread awareness of the value of active living. > Read more.

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The Autism Society of Central Virginia will present “The ABCs of Behavior Workshop” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at River Road Methodist Church, 8800 River Rd. Most individuals with autism will display challenging behaviors at some point in their lives. Sometimes these behaviors are quite difficult to understand and address. This workshop will explain the ABCs of behavior – Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence. The workshop is free but registration is required. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/ASCVworkshop. Full text

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