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The first Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) Meeting of the year will take place Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the media center of Stone Bridge High School. Both parents of students and the general public are welcome to attend panel discussions exploring educational issues. The topic for the first panel will be "Get Involved." The panel will include Dave Tong, President of the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board, Jane Pallister, Hunt District PTA representative, Taryn Simms, parent liaison for Seneca Ridge Middle School and Potomac Falls High School and Wendall Fisher, executive director of the YMCA of Loudoun County.

The number of colleges and universities attending LCPS' College Fair taking place on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stone Bridge High School has grown to 134. The College Fair will be the only college fair in Loudoun County sanctioned by the Virginia Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers. Free to LCPS students and their parents.

The Teri and Sheri Malone Foundation named its 2002 scholarship winners. The $250 scholarships are awarded to Loudoun County eighth-graders who have demonstrated exceptional talents in the areas of art, music, math, science and dance.

Since 1991, the foundation has awarded more than 250 scholarships totaling over $62,000 to LCPS graduating eighth graders. The scholarships are named for Teri and Sheri Malone, twins who lost their lives in a 1989 auto accident after completing their eighth-grade year at Seneca Ridge Middle School.

The 2002 Teri and Sheri Malone scholarships recipients from area schools are: Anna A. Orlova (art), Lauren C. Fuller (math), Mackenzie Dickson (music) and Roger B. Cobb II (science) of Farmwell Station Middle School; Christina Suh-Yeun Too (art), Kyle C. Baugher (math), Lauren L. Montgomery (music), and Colin M. Somersall (science) of Harper Middle School; Kaitlin M. Heazel (art), John R. Kundzins (math), Matthew T. Jensen (music), Ruth N. Byrnes Metzel (science) and J.L. Simpson Middle School; Breanne E. Brady (art), Matthew J. Menickelly (math); Matthew J. Menickelly (music), and Rober A. Bassler (science) of Seneca Ridge Middle School; Nicole M. Wade (art), Michelle A. Craft (math), Cameron C. Anderson (music), and Chris W. Paraskevopoulos (science) of Sterling Middle School; Caitlin A. McPherson (dance) of Expressions in Motion; Lauren G. Snyder (dance) of Loudoun School of Ballet; and Mary C. Dean (dance) of Dance Academy of Loudoun.

Stone Bridge High School is seeking convertibles for its Friday, Sept. 27 homecoming. The convertibles will be used in the homecoming parade at 5 p.m. Anyone interested in donating a convertible should call 703-779-8900.

Stone Bridge High School has invited representatives from James Madison University and Christopher Newport University to speak at 'Senior Night' on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The program will provide seniors and their parents information on picking the right college for them; questions for the college visit; filling out the application; early action/early decision; essays, and what happens to your completed application. All interested students and their families are welcome to attend. For more information, call 703-779-8911.

The Classroom of Discovery offers weekly educational enrichment for children 2 1/2-5 years old who are either already attending preschool or looking for a weekly educational experience that will prepare them for higher learning. Use this program as an initial preschool experience or as a supplement to their current preschool program. The program is offered Tuesday and Friday mornings this fall at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Sterling. Call 703-406-6199 or 703-450-5456 for more information.

The Loudoun County School board has kicked off its LEF Knowledge Endowment Campaign, which raises funds to create exceptional learning opportunities for Loudoun's public school students. The program is designed to channel community resources to students and teachers and support projects that excite children's curiosity and enhance the quality of Loudoun County Public Schools. Contributions to a particular school or program can be made via the United Way or the Consolidated Federal Campaign using the designation "Agency No. 8491."

Loudoun County Public Schools is seeking four-year-olds who may qualify to participate in the Starting Towards Excellence in Preschool (STEP) and Head Start programs. Four-year-olds who could benefit from preschool experience can get an early start on success in school through these free, half-day programs. To be eligible for the preschool programs, children must be four years old on or before Sept. 30 and live in a low-income household. Children with disabilities are also welcome. There is no charge for either program. Head Start serves children throughout Loudoun County. STEP serves children who live in the Leesburg and Sterling areas. Both preschool programs provide developmentally appropriate preschool experiences and create a nurturing environment of active learning. Parents who would like additional information are encouraged to call 703-771-6444. Registration is limited to space available, so call as soon as possible before the Fall 2002 opening are filled.

A seminar on College Financial Aid will be take place at Old Dominion University at 7 p.m. on either Tuesday, Sept. 17 or Thursday, Sept. 19. The seminar will help parents faced with the prospect of getting their children through college while continuing to fund their own retirement. The seminar is free but reservations are a must. Call James W. Respess, the presenter, at 703-654-6073 to reserve your place for this important seminar.