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Neighborhood notes: Front Royal

Freshman Daniel Nascimento washes the windshield of a vehicle during a car wash planned by Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal Saturday. — Reader submitted photo


Seventh grader Dylan Glascock washes a vehicle during a car wash planned by Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal Saturday. — Reader submitted photo

Randoph-Macon Academy senior Lauren Allen washes a vehicle during a car wash at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Company Saturday. — Reader submitted photo

School news
Four Randolph-Macon Academy upper school students, two Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School Community Service Interact Club members and an E. Wilson Memorial student joined Randolph-Macon Academy teacher Stephanie Portillo and Director of Student Life Michael Williams for a laughter-filled community service project on Saturday.

The group washed several vehicles at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Company in thanks for the driver training the department conducted for R-MA faculty and staff earlier this fall.

Randolph-Macon Academy, founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades six through 12.

Library news

The Children's Department of Samuels Public Library has recently expanded its collection of Accelerated Reader books, thanks to a generous donation from the Linden Rotary Club.

According to Renaissance Learning, developers of the Accelerated Reader enterprise encourages substantial differentiated reading practice to create strong readers. Based on each student's independent reading level, AR helps teachers set personalized goals for each student, and select books that are difficult enough to keep students challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration.

AR also helps teachers monitor students' vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills taught through basal readers and other reading textbooks.

Rotary International, the world's first service club organization, is made up of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

For more information, visit www.samuelslibrary.net or call 635-3153.

College news
Longwood University's future student center has been named for an alumna whose $4 million commitment to the project is the largest capital gift in the university's history.

The naming of the Norman H. and Elsie Stossel Upchurch University Center, approved Sept. 15 by the university's Board of Visitors, recognizes a 1943 graduate and her late husband.

Mrs. Upchurch, a retired teacher and guidance counselor who lives in Front Royal, made the commitment after her husband died last year.

Upchurch initially made a $1 million commitment to the student center in August 2011, six months after the death of her husband. In May 2012, she increased the commitment to $4 million.

A new student center is the top priority among building projects in Longwood's current capital campaign, which will conclude June 30, 2013, one year prior to the university's 175th anniversary year. Construction is expected to begin in late 2014 or early 2015. It will be built on the site of the Cunningham Residence Halls, which will be razed.

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