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WJCC Web Portal, Free Vaccine Clinics and More: News Briefs for Sept. 24

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Catch up on important news and notes in brief from in and around the Historic Triangle.

(Rotary Club of James City County)

Rotary and Salvation Army are Better Together

Above: “Rotary is a mainstay at the Salvation Army’s mobile food pantry. Together, we Fight Hunger! Rotary’s People of Action are also very giving of their time and financial support in other Salvation Army activities throughout the year such as back-to-school backpacks, red kettle bell-ringing, character-building Youth Program, food drives, and Angel Tree.”

(Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools)

WJCC Schools Launch New ‘Engage with Us’ Portal

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC Schools) has launched a new “Engage with Us” portal to enhance opportunities for the community interested in volunteer and input opportunities to engage with the division more easily.

“We believe student achievement is everyone’s business, and studies show students advance when communities and parents are engaged,” said Olwen Herron, Ed.D, superintendent of Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools.

The new portal is live now and will be updated with the latest opportunities throughout the year. Opportunities will vary over the course of the year, and school-specific opportunities will still be communicated through individual schools. Current opportunities include:

  • Family Life Education Community Involvement Team (CIT)
  • Families of students with IEPs: Workshop scheduling survey
  • Communications Tool Feedback Group
  • Volunteer with WJCC Schools

Click here to visit the Engage with Us portal.

Riverside Health System to Host Free Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

(Riverside Health System)

Riverside Health System announced it will host several free clinics throughout the region to further promote both flu and COVID-19 vaccination. The drive-thru and walk-up clinics will allow patients nine years old and older to receive the flu vaccine and those six months and older to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines will be offered for all primary doses as well as booster doses based on the current approved vaccination schedule.

Patients who are sick with any of the following symptoms should attend a clinic after their symptoms are resolved:

  • Fever (greater than 100.4)

  • New onset cough

  • Sore throat

  • Chills

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Congestion or runny nose not related to allergies

In addition, patients who are under evaluation for COVID-19, waiting on viral test results, diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue home isolation, or have had prolonged contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 should contact their provider before getting flu or COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a press release.

There will be no COVID-19 testing at these clinics, so prior confirmation is recommended before receiving either vaccination.

(Williamsburg Fire Department)

Volunteer EMT Recognized at W&M’s Opening Convocation

Right, “Williamsburg Fire Department Alumni Chair Ted Maslin congratulates volunteer EMT Ashley Huang ’24 for being recognized with the President’s Award for Community Service at William & Mary’s Opening Convocation 2022 on Aug. 31.”

Chesapeake Bank Contributes $10,000 Scholarship to J. Sargent Reynolds Community College Student

Beginning this fall, Chesapeake Bank, the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) Education Foundation, and six additional Virginia banks will sponsor the new Virginia Banking Fellows Program in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE). The mission of the new program is to provide opportunities for deserving community college students to pursue their academic goals, strengthen their leadership skills, and learn more about the banking industry, according to a press release.

Thirteen students from ten Virginia community colleges have been designated as Virginia Banking Fellows and will each receive a $7,000 scholarship to support tuition, books, fees, and other expenses related to their education. Chesapeake Bank and the Virginia banking industry contributed an additional $3,000 per Fellow to cover educational elements and the administrative fees of the Program, for a total of $10,000 per Fellow and $130,000 in all. The Virginia Banking Fellows will be a cohort within the larger VFCCE Fellows Program, which was established in 2011 to help promising second-year students at Virginia’s community colleges.

For the 2022-23 school year, Chesapeake Bank has committed $10,000 to sponsor a Fellow from J. Sargent Reynolds Community College. The Fellows program will launch in mid-September at an orientation in Richmond and will run through May 2023.

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