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Happy Birthday Mullen Elementary School

Mullen Elementary School will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Fri., Oct. 22, 1 p.m. The school is located at 8000 Rodes Drive, Manassas 20109.

"Health" Magazine Calls Springwoods Elementary One of America's Healthiest Schools

This was sent to us by Prince William County Public Schools:

“Health” magazine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have honored Springwoods Elementary School and four other elementary schools as “America’s Healthiest Schools 2010” as part of the HealthierUS Schools Challenge. The schools are recognized for taking steps to end the trend toward childhood obesity by incorporating ideas that promote good health and nutrition at the school. “Students at Springwoods [Elementary School] are taught to live by the ‘95210’ principle—that’s nine hours of sleep, five servings of fruits and vegetables, no more than two hours of screen time, at least one hour of exercise, and zero sugary drinks per day,” states the magazine’s online article, “An A+ for Health.” 

Submit School Name Suggestions by December 1

From Prince William County Public Schools:

The Prince William County School Board seeks name suggestions for the elementary school currently under construction at 8301 Linton Hall Road in Bristow. Suggestions should be sent to the School Division’s Community Relations Office, P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108, or emailed to paynebj@pwcs.edu by December 1, 2010.

Student Enrollment in Prince William Schools Up 3.2 Percent in 2010

The following was sent to us by Prince William County Public Schools:The official September 30 student membership count for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) is 79,115 students. From 2009 to 2010, total enrollment grew by 2,460 students, or 3.2 percent. This is compared to growth from 2008 to 2009 of 2,999 students, or 4.1 percent.   Across Virginia, student membership counted in schools on September 30 is the official number reported to the State Department of Education.

Dominion VA Power to Present 7 K-12 Educational Grants

Tomorrow evening, Thursday, October 7, Dominion Virginia Power will present checks to 7 area schools to help strengthen the mathematics and science skills of students in grades K-12. The event is being hosted at Hollin Meadows Math and Science Focus school and the students from the school will be providing tours of the irrigation system they built as a result of last year’s grant from Dominion. Using wind and solar power they built, the students hooked rain barrels together to create an irrigation system to complete their learning garden.

The event will run from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Hollin Meadows Math and Science Center Learning Garden located at 2310 Nordok Place in Alexandria, VA.

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Local Car Wash Partners Up With Area High Schools

The following was sent to us by Speedy Green Car Wash:

Speedy Green Car Wash is committed to helping local schools by creating fundraising programs with Manassas Park, Osbourn Park and Osbourn High Schools in Manassas, Va.  Now through June 2011, patrons can select the school fundraiser of their choice at Speedy Green Car Wash's Auto Teller while selecting their car wash option. Twenty percent of their purchase goes back to the school of their choice. For more information, call 703-257-0737 or view the fundraising page at www.speedygreencarwash.com.

Candlelight Vigil for Local Teens Killed in Car Accident

There will be a candlelight vigil tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Battlefield High School in Prince William County in honor of Derek Meffert and Stephen Dixon. Meffert, 15, and Dixon, 18, were killed over the weekend in a car accident coming back from a Rascall Flatts concert when their car spun out of control and was struck by another vehicle.

Dixon graduated from Battlefield this past spring and Meffert was about to enter into his sophomore year. Meffert was an avid reader, musician, athlete, and had a great sense of humor, said his mother, Yolanda Meffert.

Prince William County police spokesman said that both speed and alcohol were believed to be factors in the accident that occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday on Logmill Road. The vigil tonight at Battlefield High School is located at 15000 Graduation Drive in Haymarket, VA.