01-11-2013A $3,000 grant has been awarded to Virginia Wesleyan College on behalf of The Beach Fund, a philanthropy group organized in conjunction with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The funds have been allocated towards the Marlins Read and Marlins Count mentoring programs for children attending two elementary schools in the Lake Edward neighborhood of Virginia Beach. Marlins Read, named a 2011-12 Model Partnership by Virginia Beach City Public Schools, is a student-run program that pairs VWC students with first graders from Virginia Beach elementary schools to help improve their reading skills. Student coordinator Allison Reeves ’13 received a 2012 ADVANCE Outstanding Service Award from the North Carolina Campus Compact, recognizing her dedication, service and support of the program. Marlins Count, a pilot program based on the Marlins Read model, focuses on math education. The Beach Fund is a group of young Hampton Roads professionals who’ve joined together to help charitable causes, improve life in the region and pool their resources to award grants. In 2012, they recommended $13,000 in grants to three nonprofit organizations that work to improve educational outcomes for children in the economically disadvantaged neighborhood of Lake Edward. For more information, contact Director of Community Service Diane Hotaling at 757.455.3216 or email email@example.com.