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Teacher Appreciation event scheduled on Friday Downtown

4/29/2016, 12:43 p.m.
Richmond School Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed, 6th District, is organizing the 4th Annual Teacher Appreciation Dance from 7 to 11 ...

Richmond School Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed, 6th District, is organizing the 4th Annual Teacher Appreciation Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Hilton Richmond Downtown, 501 E. Broad St.

There will be food, dancing and prizes, Ms. Harris-Muhammed stated in a news release.

The event is free and open to Richmond Public Schools staff member, who may bring a guest.

“The purpose is to celebrate the work they do and the contributions they continue to make with the increased challenges with instruction, lesson development and pay scale. This is my personal and professional way to say, ‘I appreciate you, I care about all of you and thank you,’ ’’ Ms. Harris-Muhammed said.

The event was first held in 2013. Ms. Harris-Muhammed said she pays for it from her constituent services funds. She said money also has been donated by School Board Chairman Jeffrey M. Bourne and School Board members Kim Gray, Kristen Larson, Donald Coleman and Derik Jones, along with former School Board member Glen Sturtevant, who now serves in the state Senate.