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    An Interview with Verde Elementary Prinicipal Eric Acosta-Verprauskus

    YES Executive Director Eric Aaholm recently interviewed Verde Principal Eric Acosta-Verprauskus about his service path, work in North Richmond, and YES's impact within the school.In its role as the lead agency for the North Richmond Network, YES was committed to making sure the Verde community got the principal they deserved, and was instrumental in working with school district leadership to participate in the interviews that ultimately led to Principal A-V’s hire.What inspired yo...  Read More...

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    When Richmond Men Read, Kids Listen

    By Nancy DeVille, posted on The Richmond Pulse

    When Ron Shaw stood up to read the children’s book, “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears,” his audience — second-graders at North Richmond’s Verde Elementary School — stared, giggled and raised their hands to ask questions. Shaw thumbed through the pages of the West African tale, reading the colorful story about a mosquito who tells a lie to an iguana and annoys him. By the end of the story, the youngsters tugged at Shaw’s leg, their way of thanking him for coming to their class. Shaw joined ab...  Read More...

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    ‘Real men’ reading to Verde Elementary students as part of literacy program

    by Mike Aldax posted on The Richmond Standard

    Want to know what it takes to be a real man?Head over to Verde Elementary in North Richmond, where men in the community have been volunteering their time to read aloud to students.For the past two months as part of the Real Men Read program, which is now in its second year at Verde, former student Lloyd Madden and fellow volunteer Ron Shaw have paid visits to the school in order to read to second-graders.The idea is to inspire learning through positive male role models at the school, which with ...  Read More...

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    North Richmond’s Verde Elementary celebrates literacy, honors revival

    by Mike Aldax posted on The Richmond Standard

    Students at Verde Elementary School honored Dr. Suess’ 111th birthday this week with costumes, an awards ceremony and a feast of green eggs and ham – all while celebrating a budding love of reading. The celebration was part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America event organized in schools nationwide, where students had a chance to dress up as Dr. Suess characters and recognize the importance of literacy, a key indicator for ...  Read More...

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