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Attn NoVA/DC/MD High School Students + Parents :: Prom Confidence Event + Giveaway on March 24th

Attn NoVA/DC/MD High School Students + Parents :: Prom Confidence Event + Giveaway on March 24th

On Saturday, March 24, local merchants and activists for young people will come together to make some prom dreams come true for teenagers in Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. The group previously hosted makeovers with local teens, including the one featured in the video above of Nailah Phillips, a sophomore at Heritage HIgh School in Leesburg. Perhaps the best part about these makeovers is that the team bases its prom and homecoming events not only on making over the outside, but on reminding teens first, to see and appreciate their strengths, and second, to know that each is truly special.

Tips for Improving Literacy in National March Into Literacy Month

Tips for Improving Literacy in National March Into Literacy Month

Since March is considered National March Into Literacy Month, it is a great time to consider the issue and what we can do to help make improvements. According to the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), roughly 93 million adults in the U.S. have basic and below-basic literacy skills. Further, around 40 million adults in the country only read or write at or below the 5th Grade level, while another 21 million Americans are not able to read at all.

“We, as a nation, largely know that this issue needs to be addressed, not only so that we can stay competitive in a global marketplace, but so that we can also function on a higher level in our day-to-day lives,” explains Sarah Gilbert, director of sales at Lulu.com, a self-publishing company. “And the good news is that there are a variety of ways to address it or provide someone with the help they need.”

5 Tips for Packing Lunch-on-the-Run Healthier

5 Tips for Packing Lunch-on-the-Run Healthier

School lunches are in the headlines quite a bit, these days. Most people are calling for the school lunch program to clean up its act and start feeding the nation’s children healthier fare. Truth be told, many people who brown bag it could stand to make their lunch healthier, as well. Whether packing lunches for school or work, there are ways to make them healthier.

“Sure, it’s easy to grab some junk food, throw it in a bag and call it lunch,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Problem is, if you do that repeatedly, there will likely be some negative health consequences, over time. Making healthier lunches may require a tad more time and thought, but in the end it will keep you feeling better.”

Here are five tips for helping to make lunch-on-the-go healthier:

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

February is known as Heart Month in American, and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Each day, across the country, roughly 2,200 people that die from the disease. It’s also the leading cause of disability across the country, preventing people from working and living their lives as they would like to. With this in mind, it’s a good time to pay attention even to the little things that can either help or hurt the heart.

“Snacks may seem like trivial things, overall,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “But if you think about it in terms of a year, you will end up eating around 400 to 750 snacks per year, if you have one or two per day. That really adds up and can make a big difference in your heart health.”

FCPS Students Write Winning Plays in Arena Stage 10-Minute Play Competition

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Three Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students are among eight winners of the 2011-12 Student Playwrights Project 10-Minute Play Competition, sponsored by Arena Stage.

Winning FCPS students include:

FCPS Announces 2012 Summer Programs

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will offer a number of summer programs to provide academic and enrichment opportunities for students in all grades. Visit http://www.fcps.edu/is/summer/index.shtml for general information or the websites listed below for individual programs.   Students should register for programs based on the grade they are in during the 2011-12 school year.

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

The following information was sent to us by Brie Hall:

 

Dozens of events have been planned by schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 6, 2012. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of Catholic schools through Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large. The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 98 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 30,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.