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The West Springfield High School Crew Team will provide leaf-raking services to members of the Springfield community every Saturday during November. Leaf-raking date Nov. 30, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Teams of five — one adult supervisor and four rowers — will rake and bag leaves for $45 per hour. The crew will provide the rakes and manpower, and the homeowner should provide clear leaf bags. All proceeds will go toward buying new equipment for the crew team. If interested, call John Burpo at 703-644-7753 to schedule jobs.

Teenagers from a dozen local high will wrap thousands of packages this holiday season at Fair Oaks Shopping Center to raise funds for the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), a marketing organization for students. Located on the lower level near Lord & Taylor, students at the Holiday Gift Wrap Center charge a nominal fee for wrapping packages through Dec. 24. All proceeds benefit the Fairfax County Public Schools' DECA program. Funds earned this year will help to send students to a national marketing competition in Orlando, Fla.

Holiday Gift Store will be open Nov. 29-Dec. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6,13,16-20, 6693-B Springfield Mall, Springfield. Marketing students in Fairfax County Public Schools’ Classroom-on-the-Mall program will sponsor “Santa’s Little Helpers,” a store for shoppers age 3-12. Call 703-971-3289.

The West Potomac Crew Team Wreath Sale will take place Nov. 30 - Dec. 18. Wreaths — many varieties decorated and undecorated — will be available for purchase at Carl Sandburg Middle School, Monday-Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and at Belle View Elementary School, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 703-799-1218.

Citrus sale sponsored by West Springfield High School Spartan Booster Club, Dec. 7 and 8, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Irving Middle School, Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Half and full cartons of oranges, tangelos, and grapefruit, $13-$24. 703-569-8627.

Robinson Secondary students Brandon Baither, Carolyn Glidden and Kelly Ray were named semifinalists in the 2003 National Merit Scholarship Program. The following Robinson students were commended by the National Merit Program: Christine Acker, Michelle Acker, Carolyn Carnahan, Ryan Delaney, Matthew Duffy, Catherine Hardy, Sung Hyun Hong, Kathryn Hottel, Abigail Issac, Ryan Kalinowski, Allen Kathir, Alden Kendall, David Lindholm, Rebecca Lingerfelt, Kathryn McNulty, Ian Mulcahy, Emily Sandhaus, Steven Seybert, Benjamin Upton, Eric Voll, Daniel Ward and Ashley Westerman. Stefanee Handon was National Achievement Referred.

Bobbie Sierzant, a fifth grade teacher at Ravensworth Elementary, was named Elementary Science Teacher of the year by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers. Sierzant has been at Ravensworth for 16 years, where she serves as lead science teacher.

Long & Foster Real Estate is offering a $125,000 Scholarship Program for well-rounded graduating high school seniors entering an accredited four-year college or university on March 3, 2003. All applications must be received by the deadline date of March 3, in order for the selection committee, comprised of local members of academia, to select the final scholarship winners by Spring 2003.

The Long & Foster Scholarship Program will award $1,000 to each of 125 worthy recipients throughout the region for the 2003-2004 academic year. The monetary scholarship award will be made payable directly to the college or university in the student's name. Once the winners have been selected the scholarships will be awarded beginning May 1, 2003. Applications for the Long & Foster Scholarship Program can be obtained from any of Long & Foster's 200 residential sales offices located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, from high school guidance counselors, via Long & Foster's Web Site at www.longandfoster.com/scholarship or by calling 1-703-359-1750 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

A hard copy of the application and the required attachments must be mailed to Long & Foster Corporate Headquarters by March 3, 2003 at the following address: Long & Foster Scholarship Program, c/o Corporate Marketing Department, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 11351 Random Hills Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-6082, Attn:  Colleen Park.