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Alexandria Mentor of the Month

Making an Impact on Childhood Literacy

Of all the ways to spend a Sunday afternoon, teaching someone else’s children to read will not, on the surface, top most people’s list of priorities.

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Alexandria: Minnie Howard Campus Reopens Emma’s Garden.

"The students are totally invested in this project, … they want to see it succeed and continue to grow … .”

T.C. Williams’ Minnie Howard Campus’ renovated courtyard, Emma’s Garden, officially reopened on June 9. The courtyard was renamed in 2010 and dedicated to late teacher Emma Cabrera, who died in an accident that school year. Biology teacher Benjamin Matthews along with local master gardener Susan Helper helped outline the project and received a $500 grant from the PTSA to aid in completing the renovation.

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Alexandria: Scholar-Athletes Honored

ASC awards $16,000 to high school seniors.

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club presented $16,000 in scholarships to eight high school seniors at the 61st annual Athletes of the Year banquet May 25 at the Westin Hotel.

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Alexandria: Reach and Rise for Excellence

At Hammond Middle School.

The sky is truly the limit for the student participants of the Reach and Rise for Excellence (RARE) Program at Francis Hammond Middle School

Alexandria: Girl Scout Earns Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadette, Alessandra (“Ally") DelDonna, recently earned her Silver Award.

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Alexandria: C-SPAN Honors TC Student Documentary

Seniors explore for-profit prisons in America.

“Rubaiyat, Drew, and Jonathan? Worked with them for three years, and in those past three years I have seen them grow.”

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Alexandria: Fostering the Future Gala

New Orleans-themed evening raises $21,000.

The Fund for Alexandria’s Child held its annual Fostering the Future gala, raising more than $21,000 during an “Evening in the French Quarter” April 8 at the Hotel Monaco.

Alexandria Mentor of the Month

Appreciating Milestones

Wright to Read provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children in need, and collaborates with families, schools and community partners to create a comprehensive support network that guides each child to success.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Snapshot: Water Tables

Burgundy Farm Country Day School recently added a set of water tables to the Outdoor Classroom and Discovery Playground on campus.

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Alexandria: Sail Away the Summer

Amy Zang says this year all of the Flying Scots were painted in the fall and are looking beautiful.

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Alexandria: ‘Show Me the Money’

SFA sets $1 million goal for TC students.

Move over Jerry Maguire. The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria is turning 30 and is looking to celebrate big, with a goal of raising $1 million for T.C. Williams students at its annual Spring Gala and Silent Auction April 23.

Alexandria Snapshot: Memorial Table

Members of the Alexandria Police Foundation presented Chief Earl Cook with a table made from a sample piece of the glass from the Alexandria Police Fallen Officers Memorial.

Alexandria Column: Budget Seeks To Improve Preschool

Commentary–School Board

Preschool is the critical piece to serving Alexandria City’s student population. For our English Language Learners, it can provide a setting that they start to learn to speak, read and write in English. For our Special Education community, it can provide an opportunity for identification and early services. For our Free and Reduced Lunch populations, it can provide the resources for growth and health of our most in need population. For our typical learners, it provides a diverse environment that familiarizes them with the school setting.

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Alexandria People At Work: Back to Kindergarten

Ponytails and polka dots bounce through the door at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School a few minutes before 8 a.m. The noise gradually levels off, and the daily kindergarten routine begins.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Read Across America

To celebrate Read Across America, Cora Kelly School invited Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Deputy Valarie Wright and other guest readers from the community to read books to their students. The Read Across America campaign is held annually during the anniversary of the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as children’s author Dr. Seuss. Lawhorne and Wright visited Cora Kelly on March 2 and read to students in a classroom and in the library. Lawhorne wore a “Cat in the Hat” hat as he read “Miss Nelson is Missing” and Wright, wearing a big green and white hat, read “The Lady with the Alligator Purse” to the students.