Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First, a program of Chesterfield County’s Department of Mental Health Support Services, will be holding a diaper drive during March to assist families in need.
“Providing basic necessities such as diapers can be a challenge for struggling families. This diaper drive will support first-time parents enrolled in the Families First program as they continue on their journey to becoming stronger parents,” Andelicia Neville, Families First program coordinator, said. “Stronger families create stronger communities.”
The following sites will collect unopened packages of diapers during regular business hours: Chesterfield Health Department, Women, Infants and Children program sites, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield, and 302 Turner Road, North Chesterfield, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and all Chesterfield County Public Libraries, except the Bon Air branch, which is closed for renovations. For library locations and hours, visit library.chesterfield.gov/screens/branches.html, or call 748-1601.
Families First is a nationally accredited program of Healthy Families Virginia that provides family support services to first-time parents to ensure their children become healthy, well-adjusted individuals who are ready to start school by age five.
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Chesterfield County Environmental Engineering, in cooperation with the James River Soil and Water Conservation District and the Chesterfield County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, will hold three workshops this spring to teach people how to build rain barrels.
Two workshops will be held Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and two more on Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. Each will last about two hours. Participants in each workshop will learn about water conservation and be able to take home the rain barrels they build.
The workshops fill up fast, so those wanting to participate should pick the date and time that works best for them and register early. For more information, contact Lorne Field at 804-748-1920.
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Chesterfield County invites interested college juniors, seniors or graduate students to apply for a 2014 summer internship that will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge in how local government departments and agencies operate.
The program is a 12-week unpaid internship that will give students an opportunity to gain college credit and valuable work experience, all while being a part of serving a community.
Through the internship program, which runs from May 15 to August 15, students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of what it is like to work in local government. Students will gain professional experience in their assigned county department, develop a comprehensive perspective on the mission and vision of Chesterfield County, and opportunities for networking and professional development.
By Sam Walser:
The Lewis G. Larus Park is 106.5 acres of beautiful wooded walking and biking trails that Bon Air residents could be missing out on, because they may not know it exists.
Originally established in 2006 (though the city has owned the property since 1978), the majority of the park resides in the area between Huguenot Road, Chippenham Parkway and Stony Point Fashion Mall.
My wife and I are Bon Air residents who were completely unaware of the park until a few days ago. As soon as we heard about it, we decided to walk the trail over the weekend, and we could not have been more pleased that we did.
On the way there, we saw the “Lewis G. Larus Park” sign on the corner of Stony Point Parkway and Huguenot Road. Neither of us had ever noticed it before, even though we travel through that intersection multiple times a week.
The Chesterfield County School Board last night unanimously adopted its FY 2015 budget of $564,986,400. The budget provides for reducing class sizes in targeted schools, opening a second technical center, accommodating increased student enrollment and increasing remedial education. The budget also includes a 1 percent salary increase for employees and restores academic and athletic supplements.
The approved budget is about $3 million less than the budget proposed by Superintendent Marcus Newsome on Jan. 28. The School Board and staff members held two budget work sessions, spoke with community and school groups and worked with the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and the Superintendent’s Budget Advisory Committee to determine where to cut positions and programs, update revenue estimates and increase fees to achieve a balanced budget.
Here are where the cuts were made from the proposed budget:
Librarian of the Year
Jeanie Graham, librarian at Bon Air Elementary who has worked in Chesterfield County Public Schools for 21 years, was named Virginia’s Librarian of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Librarians during the group’s fall conference. The award celebrates her professional leadership and service and making an outstanding and sustained contribution to improve education.
Photo shows Virginia’s Librarian of the Year Jeanie Graham (left) being congratulated by Lori Donovan, instructional specialist for library services for Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Elementary Art Teacher of the Year
Also, Jimi Herd, art teacher at Swift Creek Elementary, was named Virginia’s Elementary Art Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Art Education Association during the group’s fall conference. This award recognizes his hard work in art education through professional development, leadership, research and service to the art education community. Herd has been an art teacher in Chesterfield County Public Schools for six years.
The sixth annual “Bon Air 5K” and 1 Mile Fun Run, hosted by the Bon Air Elementary School PTA, is set for Saturday, April 5, 2014, and is currently open for registration. The 1 Mile Fun Run for students will be held on the school track, starting at 8:30 a.m. The 5K race starts at 9:00 a.m. All participants who register by March 26th will be guaranteed a race t-shirt.
The Bon Air 5K course is certified as a USA Track and Field Standards Course and will be chip timed again this year. “Last year’s race was a huge success and we are excited to be utilizing chip timing technology once again this year,” says Wade Smith, Bon Air 5K Race Co-Chair. He continued, “Chip timing provides real time results.”
The challenging 5K race starts on the school grounds at 8701 Polk Street in Bon Air, winds down Rattlesnake Road, through Brookwood Estates, and then back to the school. Two water stations are located along the route. Those not walking or running in the Bon Air 5K are encouraged to line the course to cheer for participants as they make their way towards the finish.