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New Playground Built at Ecoff Elementary

Ecoff Elementary second- and third-graders now have a playground piece that’s uniquely theirs. Thanks to $20,000 provided by the Chesterfield County Playground Committee, the purple-and-yellow structure, which includes a zip line, bongo climbers, and a rotary rider, is now a permanent fixture at the Ecoff playground.

Beulah Elementary School students receive $4,200 grant for new books

Michelle Clements, lead Title I Reading teacher at Beulah Elementary, was all smiles as she watched pre-K through third-grade students selecting a brand-new book to call their own at the first Book and Breakfast for the new school year.

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Bensley Elementary
Families will dine at CiCi’s in Chester on October 7.

The school will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fruit and Vegetable Program. Through this grant, staff and students will have the opportunity to try a new fruit or vegetable twice a week during the school year in an effort to promote a healthier school environment.

Beulah Elementary
At 9:45 a.m. on October 8, the Dale Ruritan Club will present dictionaries to third-grade students.

Thomas Dale Reunion: Members from the class of ‘59 celebrate 50 years.

It was a “welcome home” for many of the 1959 Thomas Dale High School graduates attending their 50th class reunion, bringing with them memories of sock hops in the gym and rhythm and blues shows with the sounds of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, The Platters, and Chubby Checkers. Moore’s Lake was their summer meeting place and it was swimming and dancing every night. Nineteen members still call Chester home, and of the 110-member class, 53 members had registered to attend the reunion held Saturday, September 19 at King’s Korner Resturant.

MUSIC SHORTAGE: Schoepflin seeks donations of instruments as music program doubles.

Parents often wish “If only there were a tool to help my child better behave, see higher performance on test scores, and have something to keep them happily occupied.” That tool has been available for centuries: music.

It’s been studied and proven that when children study music, they are less likely to act out or misbehave, show more focus in their non-music classes, reduce stress, evoke memory, and boost overall performance, even in athletic activities.

Thomas Dale Yearbook Does It Again: 2008-2009 yearbook nets Press Association’s All-American distinction

It’s another award-winning year for the Thomas Dale yearbook staff. Adding to their already-impressive roster of awards is the All-American distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), an honor that “almost requires a perfect book,” according to yearbook adviser and English teacher Scott Young.

Meadowbrook Monarch Players to present three one-act plays.

Deciding on a spring production can be a challenge for any high school theatre department. Meadowbrook drama teacher Lauren White, however, solved that problem rather neatly: for their spring 2009 production, the Meadowbrook Monarch Players will be performing three one-act plays as part of the Meadowbrook Theatre Festival.