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Todd "Parney" Parnell to receive 2nd annual Book Bank
Champion award from the Children's Museum of Richmond

Flying Squirrels Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
honored for his support of CMoR's Book Bank

Richmond, VA (May, 2014) - The Children's Museum of Richmond announced today that Todd "Parney" Parnell, Vice President and COO of the Richmond Flying Squirrels will be the recipient of the second annual Book Bank Champion Award in recognition of his support of CMoR's Book Bank. Parnell will receive the award at a luncheon sponsored by CMoR on Tuesday, May 27 at 12:30 pm. The luncheon will be held at CMoR Central, located at 2626 West Broad Street.

Commenting on the award, Parnell said, "Throughout the past five years, we have worked tirelessly to positively affect this great community. All along the way, kids, their growth and their success, has been a central focus, and certainly reading and books plays a big role in all of that. The Book Bank Champion award, from people we are inspired by and look up too in every regard at the Children's Museum brings us a great deal of pride, but also desire to continue each day to connect and impact with everyone in Richmond in any way that we can."

The Children's Museum of Richmond took over management of the Central Virginia Book Bank in 2012. The book bank started as a collaborative effort back in August of 2000 when the Greater Richmond Chamber and United Way pooled their resources to collect and distribute books. Since that time, the Book Bank has distributed over 50,000 books to children in need.

Karen Coltrane, President and Chief Executive Officer of CMoR said, "Since January 2012 when CMoR first gained oversight of the Book Bank, "Parney" has been a true advocate for the importance of early childhood literacy." Coltrane said along with Flying Squirrel mascot Nutzy, Parney has spent hours reading to children at various events including the grand opening of the museum's Book Nook exhibit that encourages children visiting the museum on field trips to take home a book of their own. Under Parney's direction the Flying Squirrels have teamed up with Richmond area schools to promote literacy among elementary school students through reading. Students can earn a free ticket to a Flying Squirrels game during the summer by reading eight books over two months. In addition, the Richmond Flying Squirrels have donated over 1,000 books to support the CMoR's book bank after hosting a Book Drive at a season home game.

The May 27th event will also recognize, and present Virginia Rappa and Jennifer Stearns, with the Regional Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher of the Year Awards. Virginia 429 x 600

Kindergarten teacher, Virginia Rappa, teaches at Courthouse Winners Road Elementary School  in Spotsylvania and Jennifer 429 x 600

Pre-School teacher Jennifer Stearns teaches at Falmouth Elementary in Stafford Virginia.

Nominations were sought from the community for teachers who honor early childhood learning through innovative incorporation of play and creativity, passion for the importance of preschool/Kindergarten education and demonstrated dedication to young children. The museum's Education Committee, comprised of education Experts from throughout the region selected the award winners from those nominated.

About The Children's Museum of Richmond

The Children's Museum of Richmond now has four locations, CMoR Central at 2626 W. Broad Street in Richmond; CMoR Short Pump, located in West Broad Village at 2200 Old Brick Road in Glen Allen; CMoR Chesterfield at 6629 Lake Harbour Drive in Midlothian; CMoR Fredericksburg at 1275 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg.

The Children's Museum of Richmond has been serving the community since 1981 with the mission to create innovative learning experiences for all children and those who support them that inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.

For more information, please visit or call (804) 474-7000.


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If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.