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The Lunch Pail Defense Founda- tion, spearheaded by retired Virginia Tech football defensive coordinator Bud Foster, recently presented a do- nation of $20,000 to the New River Community College Educational Foundation. The donation specifically supports the Access to Community College Education Program (ACCE) at New River CC. ACCE is an economic development public/private part- nership that makes college available debt-free to high school and home- schooled graduates by funding NRCC tuition for two years. Dur- ing the program, ACCE students complete at least 80 hours of local volunteer service annually. “One of our missions has always been to support education,” said Jim Tynan, president of the Lunch Pail Defense Foundation. “Our desire is to help students who may have overcome obstacles or adverse cir- cumstances yet who have managed to thrive. We’re not necessarily look- ing for students with perfect GPAs, but those students who are willing to work and give back to their commu- nity. ACCE is a perfect fit. Bud and I and our board are very happy to be a part of this shared vision with NRCC.” “We are so grateful for the support of all of our community partners, including the Lunch Pail Defense Wednesday, February 19, 2020 • USPS 387-780 • • 75 cents A mockup check is used to show off the $20,000 donation New River Community College recently received from retired VT coach Bud Foster's Lunch Pail Defense Foundation. Bud Foster’s Lunch Pail Defense Foundation presents $20,000 to NRCC PHOTO BY NANCY KENT Up-close look at insects featured at upcoming photo club meeting The treehopper (Telamo- na collina) looks fierce, but it is less than one-half inch long and seemed to like be- ing on the photographer’s finger on a cold November day, said Nancy Kent, who took the photo. Kent, an award-winning photogra- pher who lives in Radford, will present her photos of insects fromWildwood Park at the Radford Photo Club meeting on Feb. 27 at the Radford Public Library at 6 p.m. The public is welcome. The Radford Photo Club meets on the fourth Thurs- day of each month at the library and has a monthly theme for photographers to share samples of their work. This month the photo chal- lenge is “New and Old.” Radford public schools part of $1.35 million state grants for computer science standards Governor Ralph Northam this week announced more than $1.3 million in state grants to support the implementation of Virginia’s Computer Science Standards of Learning. The Radford public school system was among the ten local public school systems and col- leges and universities included in the grants. In 2016, the Virginia Gen- eral Assembly passed legislation requiring that the standards of learning include computer sci- ence and coding. The standards, which were adopted by the state board of education in 2017, are the nation’s first mandatory K-12 computer science stan- dards. “Knowing the basics of computer science can open doors to virtually any career in our fast-growing 21st-century economy,” said Gov. Northam. “We are working to expand career-connected learning and integrate computer science into the curriculum at every grade level. With these grants, we have a tremendous opportunity to put today’s students on a path to developing the key computer science and coding skills they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.” The 2019 general assembly authorized up to $1.35 million in grants to provide professional development for teachers, to cre- ate computer science curriculum and instructional resources and assessments, to support sum- mer and after-school programs and to provide career exposure and work-based learning op- portunities for high school stu- dents. The legislature directed that underserved students and schools performing below state standards receive priority in the awarding of the grants. “Computer science is a core competency Virginia students need to succeed in the work- force, but educational inequities too often limit access to the re- sources schools can provide for students to receive a world-class science, technology, engineer- ing and mathematics (STEM) education,” said Virginia Sec- retary of Education Atif Qarni. “Through funding work-based learning, after-school programs, and other hands-on learning opportunities with an emphasis on equity, these grants will cata- lyze a love of computer science within students across the com- monwealth.” The grants were awarded as follows: Radford Public Schools: $149,983 to integrate computer science in K-8 instruction and to create simulated work envi- ronments in partnership with Radford University and area businesses. Virginia Beach Public Schools: $148,678 to create college-level computer science courses, extracurricular comput- er science clubs, career labs and regional partnerships to provide work-based learning opportuni- ties for students. Charlottesville Public Schools: $124,000 to create a partnership with the Univer- sity of Virginia, Tech-Girls and Computers4Kids to develop resources, train teachers and en- gage K-8 students in computer science. Cumberland County Pub- lic Schools: $99,800 to provide professional development in computer science for K-8 teach- ers in Region 8 and to create a career connections course in- corporating robotics and un- manned aerial vehicles. Floyd County Public Schools: $77,166 to provide interdisci- plinary professional develop- ment in computer science and to integrate the Computer Sci- ence Standards of Learning into instruction with an emphasis on underrepresented student groups. George Mason University: $125,000 to create a partnership between educational agencies and school divisions to improve the pedagogical practices and content knowledge of teachers and undergraduates in com- puter science and computational thinking. Old Dominion University: $125,000 to develop a regional partnership between Old Do- minion University, school di- visions and educational orga- nizations to broaden teacher and student access to and par- ticipation in computer science learning by training teachers, developing classroom resources, increasing knowledge of com- puter science career pathways and developing computer sci- ence micro-credentials. Prince William County Pub- lic Schools: $125,000 to form partnerships with local institu- tions of higher education and local and state agencies, provid- ing professional development opportunities for teachers and increasing awareness of the im- portance of computer science skills in a variety of careers. Stafford County Public Schools: $118,481 to form a regional consortium to de- velop, disseminate and evaluate computer science resources for grades 3-8 and create a partner- ship with other school divisions, institutions of higher education, military agencies, and educa- tional organizations that will develop curricular resources, performance assessments, and lead professional development in effective computer science pedagogy. University of Virginia’s Col- lege at Wise: $125,000 to sup- port a collaborative effort be- tween Region 7 school divisions and education agencies offering professional development in Belle Heth teacher named Shelor teacher of the month SUBMITTED PHOTO Belle Heth Elementary School sixth grade teacher Heather Rowland is congratulated on her recognition on being selected as Shelor Teacher of the month at a recent Radford City School Board meeting. Rowland, third from left, is pictured with (from left) Belle Heth Assistant Principal Ken Keister, Superintendent Robert Graham and Principal Tara Graham. Radford, burgs receive portion of $94.5 million in federal affordable housing funds for Virginia Funding will help support housing for individuals with low- and moderate-incomes, as well as people experiencing homelessness and those living with HIV/AIDS WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine recently an- nounced $94,523,140 in federal funding to support access to safe and affordable housing throughout Virginia, including Montgomery County and the City of Radford. This funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban De- velopment (HUD) was awarded through four grant programs: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) pro- gram, the HOME Investment Partner- ships (HOME) program, the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program. “We are very glad to see nearly $95 million dollars go towards supporting ac- cess to affordable housing for folks with the highest need in localities throughout Virginia,” said the senators in a joint state- ment. “We will continue fighting for grant opportunities that help promote accessible housing in the commonwealth, includ- ing the Community Development Block Grant Program, which the president has proposed eliminating in next year’s bud- get.” The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, See Lunch Pail , page 6 See State Grants , page 3 See Housing Funds , page 3