The community can influence the design of the new school

COURTESY OF CHESTERFIELD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Residents of the Falling Creek Middle School community and attendance area are encouraged to vote to help Chesterfield County Public Schools determine the frontage features of the new Falling Creek Middle School, which is expected to to open in 2024. At its December meeting, the Chesterfield County School Board received an overview of the proposed capital improvement program for the district, and the reconstruction of Falling Creek Middle School is identified in this program. This new facility will incorporate the design features of the existing CCPS Middle School prototype and will accommodate up to 1,800 students. Residents of the Falling Creek Middle School community are invited to view several options for the main entrance design and brick color and vote on their choice at bit.ly/FallingCreek. Voting ends at the close of business on February 24.

Education

Eman Salem

Eman Salem

Eman Salem from Falling Creek Middle School was named Central Virginia’s Outstanding Economic Educator for 2021. Salem was honored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education for her innovative and engaging approaches to teaching entrepreneurship, economics, or finance personal.

Each year during National School Counseling Week (February 7-11), Chesterfield County Public Schools recognizes exceptional school counselors who go above and beyond to maximize student success and promote access and opportunity for all students. This year, the following advisors were recognized. Outstanding Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Joshua Roseau (Chalkley Elementary School); Outstanding College Counselor of the Year: Kelly DePew (Providence Middle); Outstanding High School Counselor of the Year: Jacquelyn Pitcher (Upper Monegasque); and Outstanding Freshman Advisor of the Year: Jill Perlmutter (Matoaca and Manchester high schools).

Christine Allen

Christine Allen

Government

Chesterfield Farmer’s Market is now accepting vendor applications for the upcoming season. The outdoor market, located at 6701 Mimms Loop, will be open every Wednesday from May 11 through September 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are a vendor and wish to sell at the market, email [email protected] gov to request an application. The deadline to apply is May 1. The market is entering its 11th season with a new market manager: Christine Allen is a 4-H technician who works as an agricultural educator at Cooperative Extension. A Chesterfield County farmer, Allen was a market seller in 2019.

the Chesterfield County Community Improvement Department The ‘Keep Chesterfield Beautiful’ team has a recently renovated mobile information unit: the ‘Be the Good Neighbor’ unit. This mobile unit focuses on educating county residents on how to be good neighbors in fun and engaging ways. The unit includes an interactive talking mailbox and a talking frog that entertains and encourages kids to be stewards of the environment and neighborhood heroes. This mobile unit is available for corporate and private events; block parties, HOA groups, libraries, churches and more can reserve the mobile unit by calling 804-717-6171. Members of the Community Improvement Team will be on hand to listen to residents’ successes or concerns and to help answer questions; they will also help educate residents on how to submit a code violation. Learn more about the mobile unit by visiting chesterfield.gov/4327/keep-chesterfield-beautiful.

Abriel Shaw

Abriel Shaw

the Chesterfield Health District closed the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds Community Testing Center as demand for testing declined. For anyone in need of a free COVID-19 test, vaccine, booster, or more information, visit vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ or call 1-877-VAX-IN- VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). English and Spanish speaking operators are available. Translation services are also available in over 100 languages.

Community

At RVA Sports Awards held on February 5, the American women’s marathon record holder and resident of Midlothian Keira D’Amato was named 2021 Female Athlete of the Year. Chesterfield County Abriel Shaw, a PONY League 11U player, was one of two PONY League baseball players to receive the Moment of the Year – Players Make History award for being the second and third girls to play at the league level. PONY League World Series at last summer’s tournament. The awards event served as a fundraiser for the Richmond Region Tourism Foundation’s Sports Tourism Grant initiative, a program that distributes grants to local sports organizations to develop new events and expand existing events in order to attract new visitors to the area. Additionally, it helps fund a program to support two annual scholarships for students in the Virginia State University Sports and Hospitality Management Program and the Center for Sport Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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