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Registering for a GED test is free in September

In September, GED® (General Education Development) tests are free. As the usual cost to take a test is $58, first-time test-takers, however, who register in September will pay nothing to take the test. Chesterfield County Public Schools is able to offer free tests for a limited time due to a grant from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

PTA involvement helps children, community

In comparing the number of PTA members at Bellwood Elementary to the number of attending students, Christina Welch finds it particularly disturbing. Last year the school had 90 total members; and in the third week of school, Bellwood currently has a little more than half that.

‘Christmas’ comes early for Meadowbrook students

Meadowbrook High School kicked off the school-year by providing virtually every student in the building an assortment of free school supplies on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Dominion grant supports VSU School of Business’ digital textbook initiative

Dominion Resources has awarded Virginia State University (VSU) $50,000 to expand a digital textbook pilot project aimed at reducing costs and increasing student retention.

Brown retires after 41 years at Ettrick

After 41 years of working at Ettrick Elementary School, Mrs. Wilma Jones-Brown recently retired from the Chesterfield County school system. In 1969, Brown began her career as a teacher’s aide at Dupuy Road Elementary (which was later named the Ettrick Elementary Annex).

Harrowgate educator selected as Va. National Distinguished Principal

Linda C. Wood, principal of Chester’s Harrowgate Elementary, was selected in early June as Virginia’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal. She received the award Tuesday, June 14, in a surprise presentation in front of her students, the community, and the school staff.

Area students awarded scholarships

Chester resident Ashley Simard is the recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship awarded by Military Children Program at Fort Lee. Simard, the daughter of Gretchen and Philip Simard, is enrolled for the fall semester at the University of Virginia.

Local residents graduate from the College of William & Mary

The following Chester residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary.