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Alexandria: Plaque Recalls Education Before Desegregation

Alumni of Parker-Gray High School gather.

Alumni and city officials gathered on April 16 for the unveiling of a plaque outside the Alexandria City Public Schools’ Central Office commemorating Parker-Gray High School.

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Lyles Crouch Students Remember Abraham Lincoln

On the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the students in the Lyles-Crouch After School Theater program presented an original play “Abraham Lincoln: And Now He Belongs to the Ages.”

Honoring King through Service

Staff and students from two Alexandria City public schools gave up their time on Jan. 19 to give back to their communities in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Cat in the Hat Encourages Reading in Alexandria

A life-size Cat in the Hat visited elementary schools across Alexandria City public Schools last month for read Across America Day.

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Alexandria Students Help Replenish Food Pantry

The students of Grace Episcopal School in Alexandria helped feed those in need and the hungry in Alexandria by creating a gigantic, canned and boxed-food “Bountiful Basket” bunny on March 31.

Mentor of the Month: Jacqueline Walker

Jacqueline “Jacque” Walker and Danny participate in the Wright to Read mentoring program. Here are their views on mentoring:

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Girls' Lax Defeats Hutchinson School

Senior midfielder Ellie Majure and the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes girls' lacrosse team defeated Hutchinson School

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Alexandria Student Receives Top Scholarship

Scholarship Fund of Alexandria's Executive Director Beth Lovain presented SFA's largest 2015 award during a surprise classroom visit at T.C. Williams High School Monday, April 6.

Column: Filling the Gap

Why should young people volunteer? Isn't that something only seniors do? Not at all. Young people who volunteer gain valuable insight into the inner workings of their communities and are able to obtain a wider perspective by supporting the diverse missions of nonprofit organizations. Volunteering is more than just a few hours of free labor; it's an opportunity for networking, skill building and individual growth.

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Alexandria: Negotiation for Budget Funds

Schools and city clash over continued budget gap.

The deadline for proposing a tax rate increase for fiscal year 2016 passed on March 17 without any update from the city, meaning the funding in the current budget is all of the funding that will be available. For Alexandria police officers and city employees, that means a pay increase and additional career opportunities inside their departments. For Alexandria public schools, who were hoping a last minute decision to raise the tax rate might be enough to cover the $3 million gap between the school’s budget and the city manager’s proposed budget, the news means budget discussions between now and May are going to be tense.

Pennies for Patients: Alexandria's MacArthur students raise $8,443.17.

MacArthur students raise $8,443.17.

With the support of family, friends, and teachers, the students of Douglas MacArthur Elementary were able to raise $8,443.17 during their three-week Pennies for Patients campaign. MacArthur students collected pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to benefit the work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Alexandria: Fun with 18th Century Science

The Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge met on Sunday, March 22, at the Apothecary Shop in Alexandria. The society is led by science educator and living history instructor Dean Howarth and is comprised of students attending McLean High School. Each student studies the life and work of an 18th century thinker and reenacts that individual.

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Alexandria: IB to the Rescue?

Jefferson-Houston to expand International Baccalaureate program.

Alexandria’s unaccredited Jefferson-Houston elementary and middle school is expanding its International Baccalaureate (IB) program to the full school in hopes of reforming the school’s image. Jefferson-Houston will be the first and only school in the Alexandria school system to have a full International Baccalaureate program.

West Potomac Cadet CSM Kelia Aardema Wins "Commander's Award"

West Potomac Cadet CSM Kelia Aardema

Where are Fort Hunt Spanish Immersion graduates now?

Many graduates of the Fort Hunt Spanish immersion program have continued learning the language through middle and high school. Some have gone on to study abroad in Spanish language countries, while others found the language to be helpful in their careers.

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