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Richmond teacher wins Marshall group’s award

RICHMOND — A Richmond middle school teacher was awarded one of the John Marshall Foundation’s 2018 Teacher Awards.

Sarah Anzelmo-Steele, a history teacher at Lucille M. Brown Middle School, and Mary Anne Beverly, a history teacher at Abingdon High School in Washington County, won this year’s awards, which are given to teachers who demonstrate knowledge of and enthusiasm for the U.S. Constitution with activities in and outside the classroom.

The two receive a certificate and a cash prize of $2,500 each. They were honored at the Richmond Bar Association’s annual Law Day luncheon on Tuesday at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

“I know my students will soon take their place in the world, a world that needs solutions from bright, capable citizens. I teach history so students can combine content and skills to form opinions and create responses to those opinions rather than simply memorize long enough to pass a test,” Anzelmo-Steele said.

2 from Glen Allen are top youth volunteers

WASHINGTON — The top two youth volunteers in Virginia both hail from Glen Allen.

Jocelyn Marencik, 17, and Gretchen Gregor, 13, were honored last week in Washington, D.C., for their volunteer service. The two, along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the U.S., each received $1,000 awards. The ceremony was held at the National Museum of Natural History.

Marencik, a junior at Deep Run High School, has used her passion for technology to deliver about $22,000 worth of technology equipment to about 30 schools in the Richmond area. She also offered computer coding instruction to students in some of those schools.

Gregor, a seventh-grade student at Holman Middle School, held collection drives for new blankets to give to homeless people around Christmas, and also gave school supplies to a school.

Prince William schools to double recess time

MANASSAS — A large Northern Virginia county plans to double the amount of time public school students spend in recess.

Prince William County plans to give elementary students twice as much exercise and unstructured time during the school day as they get now, WTOP-FM reported. The changes will start next school year and increase recess from 15 to 30 minutes a day.

The move comes after lawmakers changed state law this year to allow school boards to count recess as instructional time. Parents, teachers and others have long complained that state law made it difficult for schools to schedule adequate recess times for young students.

Other Virginia localities are also expected to increase school recess periods next school year.

Ex-astronaut speaks at Riverside School

RICHMOND — A retired NASA astronaut visited the Riverside School on Wednesday.

William McArthur, who became an astronaut in 1991 and spent nearly 225 days in space, spoke to students at the school, telling them that “the future is whatever you want it to be.”

The school serves students with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences in grades K-8.

Fellowship will fund UR professor’s project

RICHMOND — A University of Richmond professor has received a fellowship for a project on digital piracy.

Monika Kukar-Kinney, a marketing professor in the Robins School of Business, was awarded a Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Mednick Memorial Fellowship, which will help her examine and compare consumer digital piracy behavior in the U.S. and Slovenia.

Kukar-Kinney has taught at the university since 2003.

Stoney will address Reynolds graduation

RICHMOND — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney will give the commencement speech at Reynolds Community College.

The mayor will give the speech on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Reynolds graduation is free to the public.

VCU center gets grant for translational work

RICHMOND — Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research has received a national grant.

The center was awarded $3.6 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Services, Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va., announced.

W&L professor going to Civil War seminar

LEXINGTON — A Washington and Lee University history professor has been chosen for a special seminar on the Civil War.

Barton Myers will participate in an American history seminar on “The Civil War and American Memory.” He’s one of 25 faculty members from across the U.S. to be selected for the seminar, which is June 10-14 at Yale University.

ODU receiving $5M for in-state scholarships

NORFOLK — Old Dominion University will get a $5 million donation for in-state scholarships.

The Landmark Foundation in Norfolk is giving the donation, good for scholarships of $2,000 each next school year, to about 475 in-state undergraduate students based on need and can be renewed.

— From staff and wire reports

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