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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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Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Buffett and David Rubenstein, The Economic Club of Washington, DC's President, are among business leaders at 25th anniversary celebration on June 5th where 10 community organizations, including the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, received a total of $500,000 in grants

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF), which offers disadvantaged youth and young adults a paid, work-based apprentice program in boat building that prepares participants for careers in the building trades, received a $50,000 grant from The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. at its 25th anniversary on June 5th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

Drew Freeman Selected As Finalist in Science Youth Media Festival

Drew Freeman Selected As Finalist in Science Youth Media Festival

 

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A film by students in the Climate, Ocean and Weather (COW) Institute at Drew-Freeman Middle School was selected as a finalist in the KQED Science Youth Media Festival in San Francisco. 

Drew-Freeman’s submission, “Ocean Acidification,” will be shown at the festival on June 10. The film highlights research by Dr. Jane Lubcheno, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, about the effects of increased carbon dioxide levels on marine life. Students at the Suitland school performed two experiments in the film that allowed them to see the effects of increasing carbonic acid levels on the skeletons of marine life.

Local Teens Awarded Scholarships For Academic & Athletic Achievements

Local Teens Awarded Scholarships For Academic & Athletic Achievements

 

Three D.C. area teens were chosen to receive academic scholarships from the Allstate Foundation and the Virginia High School League (VHSL).

Ali Jones, Jason Will, and Alexis Chaet competed against a pool of over 150 students representing 64 high schools throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and were awarded based upon their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, and involvement in other school functions or community service.

“The Allstate Foundation is proud to recognize these outstanding students for their stellar performance in the classroom and with their extracurricular activities,” said Shelva Clemons, Communications Manager for The Allstate Foundation.  “Clearly these young leaders are the future and it is an honor to support them in their future endeavors for higher education.     

The students will be honored at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville on Tuesday, May 15th at 11:15 AM.

GW Hosts Screening of "Living for 32" Documentary in Remembrance of The Virginia Tech Tragedy

GW Hosts Screening of "Living for 32" Documentary in Remembrance of The Virginia Tech Tragedy

April 16th marks the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre which took place in Blacksburg, Va in 2007. 

32 lives were lost that day in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history as well as the lone gunman who later killed himself.

We all remember where we were when news of a gunman on Tech's campus was announced. I was walking to one of my many journalism classes at my university, which was 2.5 hours from Tech.  I recall looking down at my phone to a mass number of missed calls and text messages from college friends asking if I had heard the news. At that time, some of my best friends from high school went to Tech and I was very worried about them. Thank goodness they were okay, but that day changed campus life forever at Virginia Tech and across the country.

5 Snacks That Will Help Your Health and Take On Obesity

5 Snacks That Will Help Your Health and Take On Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is a major issue facing the people of America today. In fact, they report that around a third of all adults and 17 percent of all children are considered to be obese. One thing that most people have in common is that we snack throughout the day and, without our realizing it, those snack choices can do a lot to help or hinder our weight loss and wellness efforts. In fact, it’s important to keep in mind that not all snacks are created equal, and it’s crucial that people opt for healthy ones.

“Research shows that snacking makes up around 27 percent of a child’s daily calories,” explains Dan Negroni, the chief executive officer and president of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “This means that it is crucial that we teach children to opt for healthy snacks. And that starts by us adults modeling healthy snacking behavior.”