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2017-09-20 / Announcements

Students’ 9/11 project benefits military kids


A U.S. Army soldier visits with a Hopkins Road Elementary student as he decorates a care box for a military child. 
HOPKINS ROAD ELEMENTARY A U.S. Army soldier visits with a Hopkins Road Elementary student as he decorates a care box for a military child. HOPKINS ROAD ELEMENTARY On Sept. 11, students at Hopkins Road Elementary created Military Kid Care boxes as tokens of support and encouragement for military children in the community. Melinda Dart, a second-grade teacher at the school, secured the grant for the school-wide project from Youth Service America. Soldiers representing the military families were on hand as students created 583 boxes that will be distributed to 130 military families. A supply of Military Kid Care boxes will also be made available for incoming military families.

Education

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has awarded 50 new grants to fund 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the commonwealth. In Chesterfield, Bellwood Elementary, Ettrick Elementary and Falling Creek Middle schools are grant recipients. The competitive grants range from $50,000 to $200,000 and will allow school divisions, faith-based organizations and community groups to provide students with tutoring, enrichment activities that complement regular academic programs, and literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. The centers will operate before and after school, during school breaks, Saturdays and during summer vacation.

Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) has announced that Robious Elementary School PTA is a winner in KVB’s annual 30 Grants in Thirty Days. The PTA will use the $1,000 grant to teach children about composting and to beautify the school grounds. They will improve the existing garden beds, install a composter and teach the students gardening techniques. This grant will provide the students with an opportunity to learn outside the classroom and discover how various food waste items can be recycled into compost instead of going to landfills.

County parents are invited to attend Engage Chesterfield, a new series of programming designed to connect families to resources available to help navigate the parenting of school-aged kids. Developed through the Chesterfield County Public Schools Office of Family and Community Engagement, sessions are a collaboration between educational and community leaders. The series kicks off with Ready to Learn: Transitioning into the School Year. Partnering with the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs, this resource fair will highlight supports available for academic, social and emotional transitions that students encounter throughout their K-12 experience. The event will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Bird High, 10301 Courthouse Road. Attendees can attend up to three of 20 different breakout sessions, including Managing Challenging Behaviors, Five Things to Know About IEPs, Handling Stress and Anxiety, Navigating Social Media with Your Middle Schooler, and Opportunities Available to High School Students. Interested families should register by Sept. 24 at https://engagechesterfield.eventbrite.com.

Organizations

Tourists and locals alike are invited to discover the history of Chesterfield County as Magnolia Grange, the Chesterfield County Museum and the 1892 Historic Jail join more than 20 of the Richmond region’s most renowned historic sites for Time Travelers Weekend. The special admission-free event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24. Each site will offer complimentary admission to visitors who show a Time Travelers Passport, available via download from chesterfieldhistory.com. A list of all participating sites can be found on the passport. Magnolia Grange, the County Museum and Historic Jail will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Magnolia Grange is located at 10020 Iron Bridge Road; the County Museum and Historic Jail are located nearby at 6813 Mimms Loop. For more information, call Magnolia Grange at 748-1498, the County Museum and Historic Jail at 768-7311 or visit chesterfieldhistory.com.

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