2011-06-08 / News

County teachers win grants

ANNOUNCEMENTS


The Girls on Track group at Swift Creek Middle School decorated a toilet and raised more than $1,500 for breast and colon cancer research and scholarships. Assistant Principal Daniel Palmer took the throne as their reward. 
Photo courtesy of Chesterfield County Public Schools The Girls on Track group at Swift Creek Middle School decorated a toilet and raised more than $1,500 for breast and colon cancer research and scholarships. Assistant Principal Daniel Palmer took the throne as their reward. Photo courtesy of Chesterfield County Public Schools After applying for grants, several county school teachers have been awarded funding for new enrichment projects for students. The MCD Awards were established in 1997 to help support educators in launching creative, innovative educational projects. More than $250,000 has been awarded to support these initiatives.

This year’s winners include:

• Cindy Jones from Clover Hill Elementary will work with NASA and the Air Force Association to inspire K-5 students to learn about space through her project, “Our Space in Aerospace.”

• Jenni Pirkey from Grange Hall Elementary is starting “Engineering Explorers,” an after-school project for fourth- and fifth-graders with hands-on learning about engineering and the environment.


The Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Virginia College, located at 7200 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. 
Photo courtesy of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce The Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Virginia College, located at 7200 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. Photo courtesy of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce “Chesterfield Home Grown Workforce,” led by Robin Kalman from L.C. Bird High School, will help students with intellectual abilities and autism find employment after graduation.

Manchester High School’s Deb Romig received a grant for the “Student-Led Initiative for Dressing in a Professional Manner During School,” a student-run organization that encourages students to dress professionally and participate in community service projects.


Former Gov. Tim Kaine spoke at the Forces Fore Good Invitational on May 9. The event raised more than $50,000 for The First Tee of Richmond and Chesterfield, a program that promotes education and character-building in children. 
Photo courtesy of Emily Weinstein Former Gov. Tim Kaine spoke at the Forces Fore Good Invitational on May 9. The event raised more than $50,000 for The First Tee of Richmond and Chesterfield, a program that promotes education and character-building in children. Photo courtesy of Emily Weinstein “Virtual Drumming around Chesterfield and the World,” led by Robin Yohe, performing arts curriculum specialist, will begin at Marguerite Christian, Bellwood and A.M. Davis elementary schools. The project will introduce music teachers to new music technology and electronic music composition.

“We All have Special Needs: Ability Awareness,” led by Maggi Ward at O.B. Gates Elementary, is a school-wide project designed to teach students about disability awareness and how to be accepting and tolerant of others.


Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Melissa Hoy recently visited the Manchester Middle School Government Club and spoke on topics relating to the law and careers in the legal profession. Kayleigh Meighan, club president, presented Hoy with a certificate in recognition of her public service. 
Photo courtesy of Edward Blackwell Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Melissa Hoy recently visited the Manchester Middle School Government Club and spoke on topics relating to the law and careers in the legal profession. Kayleigh Meighan, club president, presented Hoy with a certificate in recognition of her public service. Photo courtesy of Edward Blackwell Government

The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation was presented the DLA Green Products and Services Award for FY10 last month by DLA Director, Navy Vice Adm. Alan Thompson.

Lillie Mae Brown, David Dimmick and Philip Eckert Jr. will be inducted into the DLA Aviation Hall of Fame on June 23.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation worked at Pocahontas State Park on April 20 and 21, planting native species as part of Earth Day. Starbucks locations in Chesterfield sponsored the event. DCR also adopted Walker’s Creek, cleaning up a ton of trash, tires and other debris.


Chesterfield Technical Center students recently took part in a program on building strengths and the importance of education at the Richmond International Raceway. Speakers included NASCAR driver Ryan Newman of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, a decorated Army veteran and others. 
Photo courtesy of CIA Stock Photos Chesterfield Technical Center students recently took part in a program on building strengths and the importance of education at the Richmond International Raceway. Speakers included NASCAR driver Ryan Newman of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, a decorated Army veteran and others. Photo courtesy of CIA Stock Photos James R. Musgrave has been appointed executive director of Lucy Corr Village by the Health Center Commission for the County of Chesterfield. Lucy Corr Village is a continuing care retirement community.

Melinda Stewart of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency has been honored with a Star Award for her contributions as a state employee. Stewart has been a VITA employee for eight years and has worked for the state 11 years.


More than 700 seniors attended Chesterfield TRIAD’s 12th Annual Senior Day at Victory Tabernacle Church last month. Seniors exercised and brought in 50 pounds of expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines to help thwart drug theft and substance abuse. TRIAD is a statewide network of public-safety and older-adult organizations that works to enhance the quality of life for and reduce crime against senior citizens. 
Photo courtesy of Michelle Burchett More than 700 seniors attended Chesterfield TRIAD’s 12th Annual Senior Day at Victory Tabernacle Church last month. Seniors exercised and brought in 50 pounds of expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines to help thwart drug theft and substance abuse. TRIAD is a statewide network of public-safety and older-adult organizations that works to enhance the quality of life for and reduce crime against senior citizens. Photo courtesy of Michelle Burchett Capt. Robert “Bob” W. Skowron, Corp. David A. Yeager, Sgt. Linwood C. Arrington and Sgt. Henry “Hank” J. Papiernik have retired from the Chesterfield Police Department. Skowron served 22 years, Yeager 31, Arrington 29 and Papiernik 26.

Deputy Cornelia C. Gaillard and Deputy Randolph Scott Phillips have retired from the Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office. Galliard served 20 years, Phillips 25.

Harry A. Livesay Jr. has retired from the Chesterfield Information Systems Technology Department after more than 41 years of service.

Joyce Rowe has been appointed to the John Tyler Community College Local Board. Art Heinz has been reappointed to the board for a second term.

James Dacey has been appointed to the school system’s School Health Advisory Committee as a parent representative for the Clover Hill District. Dacey has been instrumental in working with the committee to encourage a set of severe allergy guidelines for use in schools. He is the parent of a son with life-threatening food allergies, and will serve on the board for 2011-13.

Organizations

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is launching ConnectCare, a new system that will allow patients to access their medical records via PC, iPhone, iPad and iTouch.

Wesley Chapel Methodist Church has consecrated its new 9,000­ square-foot J.C. Smith Family Life Center. At the pulpit was the pastor, Rev. Michelle Lindsey, who came to Wesley Chapel this past June.

Woodmen of the World Richmond/Chesterfield Lodge 159 recently dedicated 14 flagpoles and a 400th commemoration marker at Henricus Historical Park. The marker mirrors the 400th anniversary commemoration flag unveiled at the event.

South Richmond Rotary has donated $45,000 to the Families of the Wounded Fund, an organization that provides financial resources to military personnel who were wounded in the line of duty or in combat support operations. Many of the fund’s recipients are hospitalized locally at McGuire Veterans Hospital. The Rotary has donated more than $100,000 in recent years to the fund.

The Chesterfield County Animal Response Team held its first volunteer training in May. Dozens showed up for the event, which teamed up the Richmond Animal League with the Chesterfield Office of Emergency Management. In the event of a declared emergency, the response team will assist the county and pet owners with pet evacuations and sheltering.

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