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Day of CaringAbout 15 volunteers converged on Carysbrook Elementary School and Fluvanna Middle School on Wednesday (Sept. 21) to help bring the United Way Day of Caring to Fluvanna.

Volunteers painted interior walls, weeded around the schools, and painted games on Carysbrook’s blacktop. “Grateful students are enjoying playing Twister,” said Susan Brown, a teacher at Carysbrook.

“It’s really inspirational that people give when they don’t have to,” said Roxanne Carter-Johnston, Fluvanna County’s volunteer coordinator who oversaw the event.

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Garling SabreySometimes the best leaders are those closest to the issue.

That is the theory behind the Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC). The VCAC places recent college graduates into high schools to serve as full-time advisers for two years.

While the program serves recent graduates by giving them job experience, the main goal is for the advisers to become mentors who positively affect students.

Moving from high school to college requires dedication and many steps: taking preparatory tests, filling out college and financial-aid applications, and searching for scholarships. Often students get bogged down and stop trying.

That’s where the VCAC mentors come in.

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Trevor Hammond, fishing club Bass anglers can now enjoy the sport at school.

Last year was the first for the fishing club at Fluvanna County High School, said Mark Belew, a local competitive fisherman who coaches the team. Two students competed in tournaments during the 2015-2016 school year. School Resource Officer Tim Shiflett started the team as its sponsor.

Jerry Custer sponsors the club this year. He said eight students have shown an interest in competing in the first tournament Sept. 10 on the Potomac River at Aquia Creek.

Why a fishing club?

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Scott Lucas new principal Carysbrook schoolScott Lucas feels like he’s home.
Named Carysbrook Elementary School’s new principal this summer, the Pennsylvania native taught third grade in Fluvanna from 2006 to 2010.
Lucas left to get administrative experience in Greene County. He came back as soon as he had the chance.
“I was thrilled for the opportunity to return to Fluvanna,” he said in an email. “I have always considered Fluvanna my home school district.”

 

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School boardSoon Central Elementary School will open its brand new STEAM lab – a space to inspire integrative learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and math, the Fluvanna County School Board learned at its meeting Wednesday (Aug. 10) night.The STEAM lab, which ought to be complete around the beginning of September, was built by funds from the Deborah Rose Altschull Endowment for Youth. The Board recognized the endowment’s trustee, Cliff Altschull, who is also a member of Fluvanna’s Rotary Club.

 

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