Enrichment Programs

Summer STEM Camp

Thanks to the generosity of the SunTrust Foundation, we’re able to support Goochland’s Summer STEM Camp for elementary and middle school students. Building robots, investigating machines, and constructing electrical fuses are just a few of the hands-on activities that expose campers to a variety of engineering fields.

Greenhouse Project

Thanks to generosity of Colonial Farm Credit, Pryoville Farms, and S.B.COX, INC., a 32’x60′ greenhouse was constructed to support STEM, Biology, and AG classes for GHS and GMS. “I also see the culinary classes harvesting herbs, spices, vegetables, lettuce and more for preparation in their program,” shared Bruce Watson, Director of Career and Technical Education for Goochland County Public Schools.


We are grateful to Capital One for their financial and volunteer support that introduced GMS students to coding. Because of these efforts, the foundation is now helping the new Richmond regional coding high school, CodeRVA High, receive implementation grants from Capital One, CarMax and other corporate partners. Read more about this initiative.

Wi-Fi Access Support

Thanks to a generous $25,000 grant from the CarMax Foundation, we are bridging the technology gap faced by students who lack home Internet access. Support has enabled the launch of a pilot program to provide qualified students with a portable Wi-Fi hotspot through Kajeet. Students are able to connect to the web away from school to complete homework and projects so that they don’t fall behind their peers. The program also gives teachers an opportunity to enhance their lessons and not hold back on assignments because some students may not have Internet access at home.

Improving Habits

An in-class guidance workshop was held to prep eighth grade students for their high school transition. Students received a copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and were asked to read the book and write a reflective journal entry on each of the seven habits. During Freshmen Orientation, the incoming ninth graders worked with a team of GHS Student Ambassadors on an activity designed to engage students in a discussion on the seven habits. “I was really able to connect with the book. It opened my mind to what I needed to do to be successful in high school and also in the future. I still keep the book in my backpack, so I can read it when I have free time or need some encouragement on a bad day,” shared a student who participated in the program.