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Stratford University Holds Grand Opening Event for Richmond Campus Wednesday

Stratford University Holds Grand Opening Event for Richmond Campus Wednesday

On Wednesday morning, Stratford University hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of their new Richmond campus, located at 11104 W. Broad Street in Glen Allen, Va.

Nearly 150 guests from legislative offices and local businesses alike gathered for the landmark occasion.

Notables such as  Patrice Lewis, Outreach Representative for the Office of Senator Mark R Warner and Tim Grimes with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce  addressed the crowd while the Honorable Gerard Robinson, Virginia Secretary of Education served as the keynote speaker.

During the ceremony, Eric Robison, President of the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate presented Dr. Richard Shurtz, President of Stratford University and Mark Slusher of TGM Realty Investors (lead builder for the Richmond campus) with the GRACRE's Best Renovation/Reuse Project Award in the Richmond region for 2010.

Vegetables in Vending Machines? You Bet!

Vegetables in Vending Machines? You Bet!

While it may seem odd at first to find vegetables in vending machines, the country is about to see this not only become a trend, but find out it’s here to stay! This food revolution comes as a result of the vending machine make-over by a San Diego-based company that has franchises stretching from one end of the country to the other.

"People have had enough of all the unhealthy food options. They really want something more nutritious, today,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Until now, getting something healthier might not have included convenience, which is something else that people want. So we have paired the two in a perfect combination.”

Hundreds of DC High School Students Prepare for Their Day in Court

This story comes to us from Sarah Medway:

Mayor Gray To Convene Public Hearing On D.C. Public Schools Budget

This community notice comes to us from the Executive Office of the Mayor:


WASHINGTON -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray is convening a hearing that will give members of the public an opportunity to provide their input on shaping the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) budget for Fiscal Year 2012 -- a year that will force all D.C. agencies to engage in significant belt-tightening due to a major budget deficit.

SESI Admissions Director Fights Truancy at Students’ Front Doors

This story comes to us from Tony Gallotto:

David Clarke isn’t a cop or a truant officer, but for a few years now he has taken his fight against truancy directly to students’ front doors. Behind those doors, Clarke often finds students and their families in crisis causing unexcused absences.


Clarke, the admissions director for the six D.C. schools operated by Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), said student truancy often has complicated underlying causes. “Most of our students are not skipping school just for the heck of it,” Clarke said.


“I have found some of our kids with no food, no electricity, no heat or hot water. Some were left to babysit younger siblings. Others were afraid to leave home because of neighborhood beefs,” said Clarke. “Some had no clean clothes, no money to do laundry and were embarrassed to come to school because they didn’t feel presentable.”


D.C. Public Charter School Board Receives 19 Charter School Applications

D.C. Public Charter School Board Receives 19 Charter School Applications

This story comes to us from Audrey Williams:

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) accepted 19 applications to create new public charter schools by the February 1st deadline.  Twenty one applications were presented, but only 19 complete applications met the initial submission requirements specified in the Board’s guidelines. The charter schools, if approved, would open in fall 2012.


DC Public Charter School Recruitment Expo January 8, 2011

DC Public Charter School Recruitment Expo January 8, 2011

Are you looking for a charter school for your child? Then don’t miss the D.C. Charter School Recruitment Expo on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 from noon – 4:00pm at the Washington Convention Center. It will be a one-stop opportunity to learn about the diverse array of charter school options available in Washington, D.C..  Come and meet the school leaders of the 52 charter schools. 

Teachers are encouraged to attend to see what teaching opportunites are available. 

Take the Metro right to the Convention Center to avoid traffic and parking challenges. Call 202-328-2660 if you have questions, or just come down. Tell your friends!
The first 500 children that attend will receive giftbags!
This event is free for D.C. families and metro-area teachers.

For more information visit our website www.dccharterexpo.org.