23 Henrico County schools earn state ‘VIP’ awards for achievement

Twenty-three Henrico County schools – all but one in the West End – have earned 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement, and Short Pump Middle School was one of only nine schools in the commonwealth to earn the highest designation. Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education announced Aug. 8 that 386 schools (and 17 school divisions) statewide had earned the designation.

Henrico Schools’ 23-award total was the most in the Richmond area.

The awards fall into three tiers, based primarily on state and federal benchmarks and progress during 2015-16 toward goals set by the governor and the Board.

Henrico County schools earning 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards were:

• Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence – Short Pump Middle School

The Governor's Award was bestowed upon schools and school divisions that met all state and federal achievement benchmarks and achieved all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications, and, if applicable, participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

• Board of Education Excellence Awards – Colonial Trail Elementary School, Echo Lake Elementary School, Gayton Elementary School, Glen Allen Elementary School, Kaechele Elementary School, Nuckols Farm Elementary School, Rivers Edge Elementary School, Shady Grove Elementary School, Short Pump Elementary School, Three Chopt Elementary School, Tuckahoe Elementary School, Twin Hickory Elementary School, Holman Middle School, Pocahontas Middle School, Glen Allen High School and Mills Godwin High School

The Excellence Awards were bestowed upon schools and school divisions that met all state and federal benchmarks and showed significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the Board.

• Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards – Crestview Elementary School, Pemberton Elementary School, Pinchbeck Elementary School, Springfield Park Elementary School, Trevvett Elementary School and Deep Run High School

The Distinguished Achievement Awards were bestowed upon schools that met all state and federal benchmarks and showed progress toward the goals of the governor and the Board.
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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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The 12th annual Filipino Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 12 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd. Enjoy authentic Filipino cuisine, live bands, line dancing, traditional and contemporary entertainment, hands-on crafts and games for children, specialty vendors, health screenings and more. Admission is free. For details, call 262-7315 or visit http://www.filipinofestival.org. The 4th annual Race ‘N’ Roll 5K, a charity race to benefit the Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy, will take place at 7 a.m. Aug. 12 on the festival grounds. Register at http://www.coloradofmd.org/race. Full text

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