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Why Students Need Diverse Faces in Education

Teaching wasn’t always Deserita Napier’s first choice. In fact, when she started her freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University, her goal was to become a pediatrician. However, after taking a few education courses, Napier knew she wanted to be a…

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Inside the Teenage Mind…

Alexis Bodrick is accustomed to having classmates and friends come to her with their problems. “It was usually a rant about something that had already happened, not [something] immediate,” the 2021 Manchester High School graduate says. “People just needed to…

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Helping Preschoolers Engage!

As she was leaving her house, Shakima Broaddus noticed the residual raindrops on her car from the day before. Her three-year-old son Barry saw the same droplets and questioned why the car was wet.  She asked him if he remembered…

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Jessica Noll is the Real Deal!

If it’s Thursday, you can bet that Jessica Noll is sporting a leopard print on an article of clothing, as an accessory, or somewhere on the set. Viewers of Virginia This Morning on WTVR-TV know about Jessica’s passion for the…

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FUNderground for Families!

When most people think of caves, images are conjured of dark, dank places where bats, bugs, and other unpleasant creatures reside – places not many families would want to freely roam. Turns out, cave and cavern exploration, when done safely…

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What Antiracism Looks Like

Last summer, my son Evan and I started our own mother-son book club. I was in search of something contemporary for us to read, and a friend recommended Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Richmond author, Meg Medina. Evan and I…

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Science with a Virtual Twist!

Ankita Adhvaryu, a senior at Mills Godwin High School in Henrico, has cultivated a passion for science by spending time experiencing the beauty of nature. This instilled in her a respect for the natural world and helped her develop a…

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Wheels Turning in Richmond!

If you ask Rafeeq Akbar of the Urban Cycling Group (UCG) why he got into cycling, he’ll tell you the pandemic was a big factor. He is a board member of the Richmond-based cycling club, which was founded in May…

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How Working Moms are Making It Work!

“The second quarantine was harder than the first.” As resident care director at Spring Arbor of Salisbury, an assisted living facility in Midlothian, Maria Colon, LPN, knows about medical protocols and how to prevent illness from spreading. On March 6,…

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