Back-to-School: Teachers make recommendations for parents

Age of Learning, Inc. released today the results of a nationwide kindergarten preparedness survey to coincide with the opening of this year’s National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Back-to-School: Meadowbrook’s Success Program jumpstarts productive years from students

As the start of school approaches for the 2013-2014 academic year, getting a good start is essential for any student. Many schools have what is a called a “Success” program, which typically identifies potentially at-risk youth and provides them with an opportunity to get off to a good start, along with learning valuable lessons through helping their community.

Back-to-School: How college-bound students should approach the letter of recommendation process

While your teen’s academic record is the most important component of his or her college application, there are a few things that can certainly help set him or her apart, including compelling recommendation letters.

Back-to-School: Churches, community groups, businesses collect supplies for students

School supply lists are available at most of the area’s big box stores. If parents are unable to find their school’s list of supplies they can be found online at

Back-to-School: Take a stand against prescription drug abuse

The deaths of iconic celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Heath Ledger focused the media spotlight on the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Sadly, these deaths aren’t just Hollywood stories limited to the rich and famous.

Area residents named to Dean’s List at Virginia Tech

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

Thomas Dale Reunion Classes 53 – 57

Everyone is welcome to the class reunion of Thomas Dale High School if you attended from 1953-57. The reunion will take place on October 5, 2013 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Area residents graduate from Radford Univeristy

Five residents of Chester graduated from Radford University at the end of the spring semester.