2009-07-08 / News

Lions Club seeks eyeglasses, hearing aids

Gwen Sadler

In commemoration of its 75th anniversary, the Bon Air - Manchester - Midlothian (BAMM) Lions Club is asking for donations of eyeglasses and hearing aids.

BAMM Lions supports 22 community nonprofit organizations, and last year provided 62 eye exams and purchased 120 pairs of glasses for people who could not afford to pay for eye care. Annually, on average, BAMM Lions collects over 1,500 pairs of used eyeglasses, raises more than $20,000, and collects three to five hearing aids.

"We invite the public to help us celebrate 75 years in the community by donating their old glasses and hearing aids. We have eyeglass collection boxes in the area. They can get rid of their old glasses and are able to also help the Lions help someone in need," said Dan Culbreth, BAMM Lions Club president.

BAMM Lions has eyeglass-collection boxes located at many county Goodwill Stores and participating LensCrafters and Wal-Marts. For a complete list of locations, visit

BAMM Lions recently celebrated its 75th anniversary during a special event. Member 

Winfree Slater was honored for 50 years of service to the club.


Bryant & Stratton College, located at 8141 Hull Street Road, will hold a job fair for those who would like to be adjunct instructors at the college on Tuesday, July 14, from 4-6 p.m. Openings for instructors exist in all programs. For a list of programs, visit www.bryantstrat For more details, call Jackie Smith at 745-2444. The college will also hold an open house on Thursday, July 16, from 5-7 p.m. for anyone interested in learning about its new financial services degree program. For more information, call David Mayle at 745-2444. Grants are being offered by the college to help cover the cost of training for a new career. Contact Mayle for details on applying.

Banner Christian School, located at 1501 S. Providence Road, will hold an open house on July 23, from 4-8 p.m. The school offers kindergarten through 12th grade with small class sizes, an experienced teaching staff and a curriculum that includes a biblical perspective. For more information, call 276-5200 or visit

Lindsay Zarse, a special education teacher at L.C. Bird High, has been selected to receive a Horace Mann Educator Scholarship. She is the only winner from Virginia, and will receive $500.

Chesterfield County Public Schools has honored three world language teachers: Elke Bleecher, German teacher at Manchester Middle School, won the Baskerville Teacher of the Year Award; Loretta Boyle, Spanish teacher at Monacan High, received the Crouch-Rieder Teacher of the Year Award; and Alexsis Mansisidor, Spanish teacher at Manchester High, won the Novice Teacher of the Year Award.

Chesterfield students receiving scholarships from the Great Aspirations Scholarship Program include Dominique Bennett, Janae Cherry, Shikera Clay, Heather Coldwell, Erika Davis, Kenneth Gilliam, Hannah Hopper, Tiffany Hugh-Sam, Ariana Lemus, Cadence Martin, Myranda Morris, Brianna Muniz, Jessica Polk, Erin Shupe and Allyson Toney.

The Alberta Smith Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association reached its 100 percent membership goal for the 2008-09 year. To motivate participation, the school's administration, including Matoaca District School Board member Omar Rajah, agreed to eat a pizza with toppings chosen by the students that included strawberry jelly, Sour Patch Kids, popcorn and rainbow sprinkles.

The Adult Continuing Education Department of Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) has graduated its largest number of GED students ever. During the past year, 602 residents passed the GED. CCPS offers GED test preparation classes, practice tests and testing sessions for county residents. For more information, call 768-6140 or visit

Virginia State University (VSU) received an unqualified audit from the state's Auditor of Public Accounts for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008. This marks the 15th consecutive unqualified audit for VSU, corresponding with the first audit completed in President Eddie N. Moore Jr.'s tenure with the university. VSU has also established a reserve of nearly $1.5 million from the current fiscal year budget. These funds will serve to mitigate potential cuts in state funding for the fiscal year 2009-10 budget.

Tomahawk Middle School students volunteered 13,341 hours through the school's Community Outreach Committee, founded by Rebecca Fox, an eighth-grade civics teacher. The students who accrued the most volunteer hours during the school year were recently honored for their service. Those recognized included Brandon Knouse, 109.5 hours, sixth grade; Amanda Jones, 200 hours, seventh grade, and Emma Manis, 224 hours, and Jaryn Trent, 400 hours, both eighth graders. The program will continue this fall.

Virginia Credit Union has awarded $2,500 college scholarships to Jennifer Jackson, Justin Yaworsky and Stephanie Siegmund of Chesterfield, Kendahl Kean of Chester, and Victoria Dickens of Richmond. The students were recognized for their scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, an essay and work to defray the cost of education. Jackson is a graduate of Meadowbrook High School. She will attend Hampton University and study business management. Yaworsky is a graduate of Matoaca High School. He will attend Virginia Commonwealth University and study mass communications and cinema. Siegmund will be a senior at Dartmouth College studying chemistry and biology. Kean is a graduate of Thomas Dale High School. She plans to attend Radford University and study nursing. Dickens is a graduate of James River High School who will attend James Madison University. Since 1991, the annual program has awarded more than $500,000 to student members of the credit union.

Brynne Halsey is the Cosby High recipient of the 2009 Pamplin Leader Award. The one-year, $1,000 scholarship to Virginia Tech is presented annually to a top student from each public high school in the commonwealth.

Photo courtesy of Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce The Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, Powhatan Chamber of Commerce and Western Chesterfield Business Alliance joined forces last month to hold a ribbon cutting for Gold's Gym - Westchester Commons, located at 345 Schofield Drive in Midlothian. Attendees included (front row from left) Peyton Fannin, Jason Rivers, Keith Hagen, Jennifer Hummel, Mike Krongaard, Joe Marino, Sen. John Watkins, Samantha Farber and Heather Konwerski.
Midlothian resident Amanda Loviza, a senior double major in Spanish and news/editorial journalism at Western Kentucky University, has received a $4,000 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the fall 2009 semester. The funds will be used by Loviza to take part in a semester-long exchange program in Ecuador.

Jobs for Virginia Graduates has received a grant of $30,000 from The Wal-Mart Foundation. The grant will benefit at-risk high school students at Manchester High School and the Chesterfield Technical Center, helping them to graduate from high school and continue their education or enter the job market.

Fifth-grade award winners at Bon Air Elementary School include Byron Milian, Pat Pagel Award, and Erin Kasemersky, Sunshine Award. Winners of the Fifth Grade Presidential Award at the school include Tyler Bach, Jaralynne Biggs, Claire Bobowski, Lydia Cleveland, Abigail Crank, Mackenzie Crank, Trace Crews, Allison Darnell, Emma Fralin, Joseph Garofolo, Faith Hodges, Erin Kasemersky, Kayla Koch, Olivia Marino, Stirling Martin, Jacob Moser, Bryan Pinney, Joshua Polk, Savannah Quick, Schuyler Rudisill, Peyton Swedenborg, Emily VanDoornik and Benjamin Wheeler. Fifth-grade teacher at Bon Air Elementary, Lindsay Porzio, received the 2009 Brenton S. Halsey Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes an outstanding teacher of history in a public or private school in the state. Porzio received a $250 prize with the award.


St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road, has been honored with an American Red Cross, Greater Richmond chapter, Good Neighbor Award. The church was used as a shelter recently for 50 displaced residents of an apartment-complex fire, and the congregation includes 60 trained disaster volunteers.

Announcements can be e-mailed to, faxed to 744- 3269 or mailed to Chesterfield Observer, Attn: Announcements, P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113.

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