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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Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field

Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. > Read more.

Business in brief

Eisenman & Associates, Inc. employee Tracie Grady recently was named the 2017 Virginia Business Meeting Planner of the Year. Grady was chosen by a committee of industry leaders among 19 nominees. The award is a partnership between Virginia Business magazine and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Its goal is to recognize the unsung hero of the association, non-profit, and business world, the professional meeting planner. Grady works with clients in a number of areas, including membership management, publication design, membership directories and convention/tradeshow programs. She has worked in the association industry, primarily focused on meeting planning, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of VCU. Eisenman & Associates, Inc. is an association management and meetings consulting company. > Read more.

Lakewood to break ground on $64M expansion

A senior community in Henrico's Far West End is planning a massive expansion project.

Lakewood, located on Lauderdale Drive, will break ground on the project Oct. 19 during a celebration that also will commemorate the community's 40th anniversary. > Read more.

Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives. > Read more.

Nominations open for REB awards for principals

Nominations are open for the 2017-18 REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, The Community Foundation’s yearly awards that identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area.

Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Nominees can be principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond who have served in their current positions for at least three years. > Read more.

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The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts will present Doug Varone and Dancers at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. Doug Varone and Dancers are celebrating more than 30 years of creating impassioned choreography. The evening’s performance includes The Bench Quartet, performed by the University of Richmond’s Dancers. Doug Varone and Dancers will perform four sections from the new work In the Shelter of the Fold (Sextet, Duet, Trio, Solo), as well as “Nocturnes” and “Lux.” Stay after for a post-show discussion with Doug Varone and the performers. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit Full text

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