HCPS Teacher Scholars program deadline nears

Applications for the second group of Henrico County Public Schools' "Teacher Scholars" are due by March 11.

The program, which guarantees teaching jobs in the HCPS system to participants when they graduate from college, is open to high school seniors who are interested in teaching. The program is designed a homegrown way to address the need for teachers in content areas where there aren’t enough qualified applicants. The school division is experiencing teacher shortages in math, Spanish, exceptional education, technology education, and family and consumer sciences.

An application is available at henricoschools.us/teacherscholars/, along with more information about the program.

A committee will select this year’s group of up to 15 participants from 2016 HCPS high school graduates who apply to the program. Those selected agree to earn a teaching degree or complete an undergraduate degree in one of the content shortage areas. When they graduate from college, HCPS will guarantee them a teaching position, along with $5,000.

Teacher Scholars agree to teach in Henrico County schools for at least three years and to be placed where they are most needed. Should they leave the school system before three years, they are required to repay the $5,000. The program is a no-risk opportunity for students with an interest in teaching. Participants can opt out of the program at any time during college without penalty if they decide to go in a different direction with their careers.

Last year, 11 seniors were selected as the first group of Teacher Scholars.
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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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The Junior League of Richmond will present its 12th annual Touch a Truck event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex. This unique and interactive event allows children to see, touch and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display include tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, utility trucks, and a helicopter. There will also be entertainment, food trucks, games, area mascots, bounce castles and more. Tickets are $5 or $15 for a family of four. For details, visit http://www.richmondtouchatruck.org. Full text

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