Installation of Hopewell community gateway art begins

Preparations are being made to receive artist Ralph Helmick’s iconic sculpture at the Route 10 bridge. The artwork, a monumental letter “H” made of open steel framework reminiscent of industrial scaffolding, is the centerpiece to a major community gateway project developed in partnership between the City of Hopewell and The Cameron Foundation. It will mark the entrance eastward into the City of Hopewell along Route 10.

Although the Foundation is undertaking four gateway projects across the Tri-Cities, the Hopewell site is the only one with public art as its anchor. The sculpture will be installed during the week of June 4-8. Other work to the larger gateway project will continue on through the summer and is expected to be completed by this fall. The gateway site was chosen to augment other planned economic development in the area.

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Virginia Premier and The Cameron Foundation in partnership to expand health care access for Petersburg students

Virginia Premier and The Cameron Foundation have jointly announced their financial support for the creation of a school-based health center in Petersburg. The center, which is tentatively scheduled to open by August 2019, will act as a clinic within the Petersburg school system, providing medical services to students.

The City and Schools Partnership in Petersburg is creating the health center in collaboration with the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. Virginia Premier will fund two years of project management functions that are necessary for the program to move forward. The Cameron Foundation is making a proactive grant to support the technical assistance needed to plan, implement and manage the center in Petersburg public schools.

“In its proactive investments, priority is given to visible, high-impact projects that transform the community and address the social determinants of health. Using this strategy, we hope to improve the foundation’s impact through increased collaboration with community partners. The school-based health center initiative aligns well with our work as a health legacy foundation,” said Cameron President J. Todd Graham.

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Cameron Foundation, VCU School of Education partner to launch teacher residency program in Petersburg schools

Following The Cameron Foundation’s approval of $350,382 towards an innovative teacher residency program in Petersburg schools, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is under way with its selection process to form a cohort of residents for the new initiative. The plan is being implemented by Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR), a program of the VCU School of Education.

Cameron President J. Todd Graham explained that the Foundation began investigating different proactive strategies to support Petersburg City Public Schools (PCPS) in 2015, after the Foundation hired its first fellow. The researcher identified a number of approaches that could benefit the struggling school division.

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