Henrico earns VACo awards for 4 programs

Henrico County general government departments and offices, as well as Henrico County Public Schools, recently were honored by the Virginia Association of Counties for four initiatives representing excellence in local services.

VACo recognized 17 programs in its 2017 Achievement Awards competition among 79 entries submitted by member counties across the state. Henrico and Chesterfield counties collected four awards apiece, more than any other county. VACo will salute the winners of its 15th awards competition during its annual conference in November.

“Virginia consistently earns praise for the quality of its local governments and the services they provide. Henrico is pleased to contribute to this reputation,” Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “We have worked hard to foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement among our employees, and we salute our friends in counties across the commonwealth who accept a similar challenge every day.”

Among Henrico’s winning entries, Henrico County Public Library earned an award for its Children and Teen Neighborhood Collections. The collections organize selected titles by theme, rather than by author’s last name, and better reflect the way children and teens look for books of interest. The collections, which started at the Gayton Branch Library in 2012 and expanded systemwide in 2016, provide children collections organized by a subject, such as Dinosaurs and Transportation. The teen collections group materials by a mood or emotion, including Ugly Cry and Laugh Out Loud.

The County Manager’s Office earned an award for the "Local Government 101: Youth Education Program." Geared for children and teenagers, the program offers an interactive seminar that explains the structure and functions of county government and provides opportunities to learn about civic responsibilities and to attend a public meeting. Henrico has held six sessions since the program started in 2016, giving local youth opportunities to pursue an interest in government, earn class credit or satisfy requirements for Scouting merit badges.

Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) received an award for its Student Congress. Established in 2004, the Student Congress gives 10 student representatives from each of the county’s 10 high schools a chance to participate in the decision-making process for HCPS. The Student Congress, which meets quarterly, allows members to develop leadership skills and learn team dynamics. It also gives HCPS directors and specialists access to a diverse sounding board as changes to policies, regulations and curricula are considered.

Henrico won an award for its "Zika Working Group and the Pick-a-Day to Fight-the-Bite Initiative." The group is focused on preventing the Asian tiger mosquito, which is a potential carrier of the Zika virus. Consisting of representatives of the Department of Public Works’ Standing Water Initiative, Department of Health and Division of Fire, the group developed a comprehensive strategy based on communication, education and outreach that aims to prevent or slow transmission of the Zika virus locally and includes a plan for quick and efficient intervention if transmission occurs.
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Henrico Schools to host College and Career Night Nov. 1


Students of all ages are invited to investigate options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2017 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, as well as about 50 representatives of career options such as businesses and branches of the military.

College and Career Night will take place Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based nonprofit Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing its accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team during the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.” These standards cover areas such as: mission, strategy and evaluation; leadership – board, staff and volunteers; legal compliance and ethics; finance and operations; resource development; and public awareness, engagement and advocacy. Commonwealth Autism was one of six organizations in the Richmond region to be recognized and the first in the region to achieve full accreditation. In addition to this accreditation, Commonwealth Autism is recognized as an Accredited Charity with the Richmond Better Business Bureau and holds accreditation from the Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations (COEBO). > Read more.

Purify Infrared Sauna opens at GreenGate


Purify Infrared Sauna recently opened its second Henrico location at GreenGate Shopping Center in Short Pump.

Owner Mary Woodbridge opened her first Purify location on Patterson Avenue in July 2015. The new store is located at 301 Maltby Boulevard, Suite C, west of Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

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.

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