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Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

For 40 years, students in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) residential construction program have been building houses as part of the partnership between FCPS and the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE). This weekend, the 18th house in the series will be part of the Northern Virginia Parade of Homes. Parade homes are open from 1-5 p.m. on April 30 and again on May 1. 

Stratford University, Woodbridge Campus (Potomac Mills) Hosts 2011 Health Awareness Fair

Stratford University, Woodbridge Campus (Potomac Mills) Hosts 2011 Health Awareness Fair

Stratford University, Woodbridge Campus (Potomac Mills)
Hosts 2011 Health Awareness Fair

WHO:       
Stratford University

WHAT:   
2011 Health Awareness Fair

There will be a Health Awareness event held, hosted by Doctors Express and Stratford University. The event is aimed at helping to educate the public about health care services, careers, and education opportunities in the health care field, as well as presenting ways the community can get involved and live a healthier life. The free event is open to the public and will feature health-related exhibits, information, and prize giveaways. There will also be free health screenings and demonstrations.

Stratford University, Falls Church Campus Hosts Spring Career Fair 2011

Stratford University, Falls Church Campus Hosts Spring Career Fair 2011

Stratford University, Falls Church Campus
Hosts Spring Career Fair 2011

WHO:          
Stratford University community; prospective and current students; graduates
                       
WHAT:         
Spring Career Fair 2011

Join Stratford University’s Falls Church campus for its annual Spring 2011 career fair. Attendees will be able to meet with local employers to learn about job opportunities, as well as learn about various programs the university offers including Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management.

Admission is free of charge and open to the public.

Some of the companies in attendance:

Culinary Arts Dean to Mentor Local High School Students for National ProStart Invitational

Culinary Arts Dean to Mentor Local High School Students for National ProStart Invitational

Five local high school students from the CS Monroe Technology Center, who will be competing in this year’s National ProStart Invitational, are being mentored by Jordan Lichman, the dean of Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Stratford University. The dean, who has helped the students polish their eco-friendly menu, polish their verbal presentation, and adjust the layout their kitchen design, will meet with the students again on the morning of April 25 & 27.

“They are an incredibly dedicated, talented, and astute group of students who are taking their passion for great local, organic, and seasonal foods and designing a very realistic quick casual restaurant concept around it,” explains Dean Lichman. “It’s been a pleasure working with them because they not only have great ideas, they’ve dedicated the time and developed the computer and design skills to win.”

School Division to Honor Retirees on April 26

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Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

 Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, calories in versus calories burned is everything! Losing simply comes down to using more calories than you take in. But did you realize that taking in just 50 calories less per day can lead to an effortless five-pound weight loss per year? It’s true! A pound is equal to 3,500 calories, so if you use 50 calories less per day than you take in, you will drop a pound approximately every two months. And cutting calories on the go just got a lot easier!

“A lot of people are looking for ways to cut calories and get healthy, and now we have an option that will support them in doing so,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Our machines offer the healthy snack and drink options that people want but have had a difficult time finding on the go, up until now.”

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

??B 4 u rd any further grab ur kid’s cell & hide it. (LOL). You may not have to resort to such dire tactics but an October 6, 2010 article in The Week titled,” How Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter” indicated that handwriting can improve your child’s IQ.

The article notes a study by University of Wisconsin psychologist Virginia Berninger, who found that writing activated sequential finger movements, which engaged short-term memory, thought and language sectors of the brain.

On a superficial level, those with excellent penmanship were also deemed smarter than those with illegible handwriting, according to Steve Graham, a professor of education at Vanderbilt University. He also noted that neatly written essays on standardized tests like the SAT merited higher scores as well.

On the flipside, technology has made it all too easy to become lax in constructing a sentence and even spelling a simple word. Many cellphones and computers now do the work for us.