Six Henrico students graduate from Project SEARCH

Six Henrico County high school seniors were among 24 high school seniors with autism spectrum disorders from Virginia recognized this week by the Bon Secours Virginia Health System for their completion of Project SEARCH, a national school-to-work program, at four Bon Secours facilities.

Henrico seniors Gabe Brown, Jessica Brown, Alonte Burrell, James Lockett, Sean Perkins and Shyheim White were honored during a ceremony June 3 at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital. The Project SEARCH program provides hands-on training to students with disabilities through internships at health care facilities and other businesses, with a goal of full-time employment upon completion. Bon Secours Virginia is the only Project SEARCH program targeting students with autism and participating in clinical research.

Bon Secours Virginia operates four Project SEARCH sites as part of a grant awarded to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Rehabilitation Research and Training Center and funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Bon Secours Project SEARCH partners include local public education systems, VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, and Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. The partners provide funding, support and services to the students in the program.

“For five years, Bon Secours has been improving the lives of young people challenged by autism, opening doors for them through on-the-job training and skills that they might not otherwise receive,” said Toni Ardabell, CEO, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, the health system’s first Project SEARCH site established in 2009. “We are proud of what each of these determined students can accomplish when given opportunities to overcome their disability.”
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Richmond Montessori School earns VAIS reaccreditation


Richmond Montessori School, an independent Montessori school for children ages 2 to 14, recently earned reaccreditation from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. The VAIS accreditation program is one of only a few recognized at the national level through the National Association of Independent School's Commission on Accreditation and is also recognized and approved by the Virginia Board of Education through the Virginia Council for Private Education. > Read more.

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Neil Burton, the founder of Strangeways Brewing in Henrico, will serve on the 2017-18 Leadership Council of The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG). Burton will share the chairmanship of the Marketing & Tourism Committee with Kevin Erskine of Coelacanth Brewing. Other local brewers in leadership positions include Eric McKay of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (VCBG chair), Hunter Smith of Champion Brewing Company (co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee) and Kate Lee of Hardywood (co-chair of the Quality Committee). > Read more.

James River Juvenile Detention Center to graduate its largest class

James River Juvenile Detention Center will celebrate its largest class of high school graduates June 27, as 13 residents receive their high school diploma or GED certificate.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the detention center, 3650 Beaumont Road in Powhatan County. The graduates will mark their academic milestone by walking across a stage in a cap and gown before an audience of family members. A reception will follow. > Read more.

Henrico School Board selects redistricting Option E


JUNE 23, 10:30 A.M. – The Henrico County School Board Thursday concluded its latest redistricting process by selecting a plan for middle school redistricting that will impact a number of students in the western and northern parts of the county, as well as a few in Eastern Henrico.

The process sought to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, create room at Wilder Middle School for a gifted academy and address the poverty level disparity among some middle schools. It will impact about 775 students, according to school system officials. > Read more.

‘Senior Cool Care’ program to help older adults in Metro Richmond


For the 27th year, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is helping older adults combat summer heat through a program now called "Senior Cool Care" (formerly the Fan Care program) that provides fan and air conditioning units for eligible senior citizens.

The program is available to low-income older adults age 60 and older who reside in the City of Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan. > Read more.

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The Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. Justin Young will share his book “Fiyah Starter” at Fairfield Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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