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Vegetables in Vending Machines? You Bet!

Vegetables in Vending Machines? You Bet!

While it may seem odd at first to find vegetables in vending machines, the country is about to see this not only become a trend, but find out it’s here to stay! This food revolution comes as a result of the vending machine make-over by a San Diego-based company that has franchises stretching from one end of the country to the other.

"People have had enough of all the unhealthy food options. They really want something more nutritious, today,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Until now, getting something healthier might not have included convenience, which is something else that people want. So we have paired the two in a perfect combination.”

Mason and NOVA Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership

Mason and NOVA Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership

From NVCC:

On April 5 at 8:30 a.m., George Mason University President Alan G. Merten and Northern Virginia Community College President Robert G. Templin Jr. will sign a revised Guaranteed Admission Agreement and recognize the 20th anniversary of the formal partnership between the two institutions.

Over the past 20 years, an estimated 36,000 to 38,000 students have attended NOVA before enrolling at Mason, with approximately 20,000 of these students formally transferring through the articulation agreement program.

Belmont Elementary School Recognized by the Virginia Board of Education

From Prince William County Public Schools:

The Virginia Board of Education (VBOE) is honoring Belmont Elementary School as a “Title I Distinguished School” for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. Belmont Elementary is among the 103 schools receiving an award based on student achievement on state assessments during 2009–10 and the previous school year.

Belmont Elementary School has received this status by maintaining full state accreditation under the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning program for two consecutive years, meeting federal benchmarks in reading and mathematics, and having test scores in both subjects average in the 60th percentile or higher.

“Academic success and increased achievement are the results of hard work by students and educators in the schools and divisions that are being honored,” said Virginia Board of Education President Eleanor B. Saslaw, in a release issued by the VBOE.

Police Conduct Drug Searches in Two Schools

From Prince William County Police Department:

The Prince William County Police Department conducted searches of two schools yesterday to ensure student safety. These random searches are part of an ongoing effort by the Department, and the Prince William County Schools Office of Risk Management, to ensure that schools remain safe, drug-free environments for students and employees.


Prince William County Schools Commended by Virginia Department of Education

From Prince William County Public Schools:

The Virginia Department of Education has recognized Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) for exceeding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 objectives for limited English proficient students.

In a letter, Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright congratulated the School Division for going beyond the Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) based on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments and English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments administered during the 2009–10 school year. The No Child Left Behind Act requires school divisions to meet the AMAOs, which include making progress in learning English, becoming fully proficient in English, and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets in reading/language arts and mathematics. PWCS provides educational services to students who represent 120 languages and cultures.

Stratford University to Hold Grand Opening Event for Richmond Campus

From Cher Murphy PR:

Stratford University will hold a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of their new Richmond campus, located at 11104 W. Broad Street in Glen Allen, Va. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. It will be attended by notable government officials. An open house will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Building at NOVA-Woodbridge

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Building at NOVA-Woodbridge

From Northern VA Community College:

On Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m., officials will break ground for a building that will add almost 84,000 square feet of academic space to the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Speakers include Sen. Charles J. Colgan, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart, Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn DuBois, and NOVA President Robert G. Templin Jr. The Woodbridge Campus is located at 15200 Neabsco Mills Road. The program will begin in the campus theater.