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Greenspring Introduces the Community’s First Endowed Scholarship

Greenspring Introduces the Community’s First Endowed Scholarship

 

The Steve and Renie Guback Scholarship will be presented for the first time in 2013 to a student focusing on study in the area of communications

(Springfield, Va.) – A generous donation by Greenspring resident Steve Guback has allowed for the establishment of the community’s first endowed scholarship.  Guback, who is a former award-winning sportswriter with The Washington Evening Star, has lived at Greenspring since 2009.  The $100,000 endowed scholarship will result in a $5,000 scholarship annually and will be presented for the first time at the annual Scholars Awards Ceremony at Greenspring on May 29. 

Greenspring Residents Donate 600 Books To Local Elementary School

Greenspring Residents Donate 600 Books To Local Elementary School

(Springfield, Va.) – About 400 residents at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. identify themselves as Catholics.  Over the past year, the Catholic residents have been raising money to provide books to students at a nearby elementary school.  The residents have worked in partnership with Scholastic to ensure that the students at Crestwood Elementary School will be able to have appropriate grade-level books that they can call their own.  On March 1, Read Across America Day, the residents donated 600 books and also read various Dr. Suess books to the kindergarten and first grade classes at Crestwood.

Chamber Hosts Third Annual Book Drive

Chamber Hosts Third Annual Book Drive

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Children’s Book Drive Feb. 11 through April 12. Area business will serve as collection points for children’s books appropriate for young readers through grade six. Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by dropping books off at designated collection points.

“Every child should have books they call their own,” reminds Karen Brown, co-coordinator of the Chamber’s Book Drive. “I know our business community is ready to help.”

This annual book drive has provided many books for children in the Fairfax County Public School system who otherwise may not have had their own to enjoy. “Reading research has proven that children who have access to books and read on a consistent basis fare better in school and are better readers overall,” said Tina Simons, reading specialist at Saratoga elementary. “That’s really hard to do when books are scarce.”

Manassas City Public Works Joins Schools to Support Growing Up Green Program

Manassas City Public Works Joins Schools to Support Growing Up Green Program

 

For the past five years, the City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities and the Manassas City Public Schools have been ‘going green’ by championing the Go Green Initiative, a comprehensive environmental program that teaches earth-friendly behaviors and helps evaluate environmental impact. From school energy audits to learning gardens, Manassas City Schools are helping students grow up green and educating them on the benefits of recycling and reusing. Going Green Initiatives are endorsed by the National School Board Association, the National Recycling Coalition, and Parent-Teacher Associations throughout the United States. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

First Week of DC Public Schools Proved Positive and Productive

First Week of DC Public Schools Proved Positive and Productive

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District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) welcomed back thousands of students across the city for the 2012-2013 school year that started on August 27th.  While official enrollment numbers won’t be available until later this fall, DCPS is on track for a positive and productive year that will include modernized facilities across the district, new math standards and curriculum, innovation and technology and improved instruction. These improvements and efforts all come under the strategic direction of A Capital Commitment, DCPS’ five-year, bold plan to improve the school district.

Cats and Kids Scratch Out Bullying – What to Teach Kids About Bullying

Cats and Kids Scratch Out Bullying – What to Teach Kids About Bullying

Over the next few weeks, roughly 79 million students will head back to schools around the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When the school year resumes, so too will the perpetual cycle of students missing days of school because they fear bullying. Each day, it is estimated that 160,000 students stay home from school to avoid being bullied.

“The first step in preventing bullying is to realize that we all share common traits and we all need to feel safe, accepted, and liked for who we are,” explains Peter J. Goodman, author of the book “We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats.” “One of the main themes in my book is tolerance, because it is crucial, especially when we live in such a diverse world.”