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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.”

Enter to Win a Free Healthy Vending Machine for Your Favorite Location

Enter to Win a Free Healthy Vending Machine for Your Favorite Location

Fresh Healthy Vending and Healthy Child Healthy World have teamed up to give away a free healthy vending machine placement. The winning entry will choose their favorite location to have the machine placed, completely stocked with healthy foods and beverages. The move is the latest in a series of ongoing efforts to help fight childhood obesity, an issue that the Centers for Disease Control says now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in America.

“The rate of childhood obesity is considered to be triple what it was a generation ago,” explains Dan Negroni, the chief executive officer and president of Fresh Healthy Vending Café (www.freshvending.com). “Our mission is to be part of the solution in fighting childhood obesity, and this is just one more way that we are helping to do that. Now at least one lucky consumer will have their say on where a healthy vending machine should be placed.”

Dancing With The Stars, William Levy Promotes Latino Youth Grants

Cuban-actor William Levy, known for his role in Mexican soap operas and this year's Dancing with the Stars third runner up, is encouraging Latino youth across America to take advantage of educational grants and awards offered by the Washington-based Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF).

As this year's Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards spokesperson, Levy urges Latino high school students who serve as leaders and role models in the classroom to apply before the prestigious Youth Awards no later than July 6, 2012.

Students will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, which focus in various categories including: Math & Engineering, Education, Business, Healthcare & Science, Community Service, among others.   Three students will be selected from each of these categories in the following 10 markets: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose/San Francisco-Bay Area, Phoenix, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and New Yo

Hundreds of Students Gather at Environmental Youth Summit

Hundreds of Students Gather at Environmental Youth Summit

Alexandria and Arlington middle school students will take part in a hands-on environmental learning program at George Mason University’s Arlington campus on Tuesday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The Northern Virginia Environmental Youth Summit is run by Earth Force staff and partner organizations.

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