Award-winning mentoring program will celebrate intensive service efforts at Tuesday’s “WE Day”

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The Henrico HEROES mentoring program – named Virginia’s best in 2014 – has long made a difference in the lives of students in Henrico County Public Schools. This year the program expanded its vision beyond the campuses of its 32 participating schools, involving its students and volunteers in a host of community service projects and setting its sights on global impact.
 
The group will celebrate its year of intensive community service Tuesday with a “WE Day” gathering at Henrico High School from 10 a.m. to noon. The event commemorates Henrico HEROES’ participation in the WE Schools program, a nationwide service-learning initiative. Mentors and students at all 32 Henrico HEROES schools adopted community service projects this year as part of the WE Schools program, and will come together to share them. There will be speakers, a dance team, a drumline, games and prizes. Participants will also learn about plans to expand the service projects to address needs around the world. 
 
“We wanted to align our efforts with HCPS’ Henrico Learner Profile, creating good citizenship and awareness of needs across the world,” said Leslie Velez, Henrico HEROES director. “We may be helping campaigns to build schools in Kenya and train members of villages in farming techniques, or helping provide clean water in India. We want to introduce [students and mentors] to these ideas, so that they can take what they learn and apply it not only to local service projects, but also abroad.”
 
The Henrico Learner Profile, adopted in 2018, provides a guiding framework for education in Henrico County Public Schools. Find out more about the document by going to henricolearner.henricoschools.us.
 
This year, community service projects at Henrico schools included a baby shower at Glen Allen High School to collect baby items for babies in need. At L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, mentors and students assembled welcome bags for families in local homeless shelters, and read to students in the exceptional education program.
 
Mentors in the Henrico HEROES program meet with their students once a week for 30-45 minutes and participate in several program events. Find out more about the program at henricoheroes.henricoschools.us.
 
Find out more about the WE Schools initiative at we.org/we-schools/.
 
Henrico HEROES “WE Day”
Who: Members of the media are invited to attend.
When: April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Where: Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va. 23227
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