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Field Day RVA event benefiting Higher Achievement returns after two-year hiatus

Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks.

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Field Day RVA, a community fundraising event for the nonprofit organization Higher Achievement, presented by BrownGreer, is set to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. The event took a two-year pause due to the pandemic and has returned to the Richmond community this year.

The day-long event takes place at the Bon Secours Training Center, formerly known as the Washington Redskins Training Camp, located at 2401 West Leigh Street. Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks. Previous years have been in attendance by Mayor Levar Stoney, Dominion Energy, ABC News teams, and community members all throughout Richmond.

“We were disappointed when our 2020 and 2021 events had to be postponed, but could not be more thrilled to be back this year. Higher Achievement Richmond has profound impacts on the middle school scholars within Richmond, and this event is a great way to support our mission,” said Katey Comerford, Executive Director for Higher Achievement Richmond.

To attend Field Day RVA 2022, individuals can register at fielddayrva.eventbrite.com.

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HCPS students to get insight into Henrico’s government, school operations during 63rd annual Student Government Day

Henrico County high school students will get a firsthand look at their county government and school system operations when Student Government Day returns April 27-28 following a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Henrico County high school students will get a firsthand look at their county government and school system operations when Student Government Day returns April 27-28 following a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the 63rd Student Government Day, 93 students from Henrico’s nine public high schools, The Academy at Virginia Randolph and the Henrico Virtual Academy are scheduled to shadow elected and appointed officials – including members of the Board of Supervisors and the School Board, county manager, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent, constitutional officers and judges – to learn about their roles and responsibilities.

“Henrico County is thrilled to bring back Student Government Day after a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “This event allows many of our bright high school students to immerse themselves in the issues and decisions that impact our residents and businesses every day. It’s a proud tradition that highlights the tremendous partnership between our general government and Henrico County Public Schools.”

Student Government Day was first held in 1958 and was long supported by the Kiwanis clubs of North Richmond, Tuckahoe and Greater Richmond. This year’s event will begin with an investiture at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in the auditorium of Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road. With the help of Henrico’s Circuit judges, 33 students will recite the oaths of office as if they were being sworn into their positions.

Students who are matched with general government officials will report to work at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28. The day will include opportunities to learn how various departments function and will conclude with a simulated work session of the Board of Supervisors at 12:30 p.m. in the County Manager’s Conference Room and a simulated regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors at 2 p.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

In the meetings, students will have opportunities to discuss and debate local issues as if they were officially in the roles of elected and appointed officials.

The Board of Supervisors will take no official action as part of its participation in Student Government Day.

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Maggie Walker Governor’s School senior wins National Honor Society Scholarship Award 

Chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants, Pooja Muthuraj, a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School from Richmond, Virginia, has been selected as the National Winner of the esteemed $10,625 National Honor Society (NHS) Service Scholarship.

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Chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants, Pooja Muthuraj, a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School from Richmond, Virginia, has been selected as the National Winner of the esteemed $10,625 National Honor Society (NHS) Service Scholarship. NHS is supported by its parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

“I am so grateful for this recognition and for this opportunity to have a seat at the table with the students and educators currently creating the future,” Pooja Muthuraj said. “This scholarship means the world to me, and I have so much optimism for what is to come. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Seriously, thank you so much.”

When Pooja Muthuraj learned about how some girls lack access to menstrual hygiene products, she established a local chapter of PERIOD, an international organization dedicated to ending period poverty and stigma around the world. Through this organization, Pooja and other students lobbied for two statewide bills mandating that public schools provide free period products in their restrooms, and both bills passed in March 2020.

Pooja also co-founded her own nonprofit, Teen Polytx, which seeks to bridge divides between high school students from different sides of the political aisle by fostering communication and encouraging conversations about pressing societal issues. Through this group, she moderates monthly discussions open to high school students from across the state, and the organization has connected over 60 high school students through meaningful discourse.

NHS is awarding $2 million in scholarships to 600 high school seniors this year. For the first time ever, four finalists were awarded a $10,625 scholarship for embodying the four pillars of NHS membership: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The other recipients of these awards are: Alyssa Speelman from Ashland, MT for Service; Ethan Sandoval from Pasadena, CA for Character; and Owen Zhang from Bellaire, TX for Leadership. Twenty finalists received $5,625 and Evan Osgood from Loveland, OH earned the top $25,000 NHS Scholarship. Their bios are here.  

“We’re humbled to honor these students’ powerful initiatives that have help their communities in this time of need,” said NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. “We need passionate and forward-looking leaders like them who combine their quest of knowledge with service and advocate for systemic change. These winners have outstanding potential, and we’re thrilled to be a part of their journey.” 

The announcement is part of NASSP’s Trailblazing Leadership Week, bringing together the 2021 State Principals of the Year and the NHS Scholarship finalists to celebrate their accomplishments and connect with one another. In addition to the gala, the day began at the U.S. Department of Education where officials met with school and student leaders to discuss the most pressing issues in education. 

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Fox Elementary mom launches national database of tutors with an eye towards academic equity

Homework for Kids provides its members access to a national, online database of educators offering in-person and virtual K-12 tutoring services. It then donates up to 50% of all subscription profits to charities that provide educational services for children.

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Throughout the pandemic, many businesses that provide educational support to students have thrived, leaving behind students that cannot afford such services. Nicole Walker, a Virginia mother of two, hopes to help all children find academic support through her new company, Homework for Kids.

Homework for Kids provides its members access to a national, online database of educators offering in-person and virtual K-12 tutoring services. It then donates up to 50% of all subscription profits to charities that provide educational services for children.

Like many other parents, Walker watched her daughter struggle with virtual learning. Her search for a local tutor left her feeling frustrated with the difficulty of finding available educators and guilty—knowing that she was seeking academic support for her child that was not financially available to other children in the same situation.

“Parents want to help their child while still doing their part to address the educational gaps that exist in our society,” Walker states. “Homework for Kids makes it easy to provide academic support for all children at the same time.”

Educators create free profiles to advertise their areas of expertise. Parents search the database for free and subscribe for $10 to gain access to the educators’ full profiles, including contact information. The platform features the ability to purchase a background check on potential educators and allows parents to leave reviews. Unlike most tutoring databases, Homework for Kids is completely free to educators, leaving them to determine rates and terms with parents.

When parents remain a part of the community while their child benefits from tutoring, Homework for Kids donates up to half of the subscription profits to charities providing academic support to children with similar needs, not means.

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