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MentorWorks orientation. Learn how to become a mentor to a Lake Braddock student, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. The program matches adolescents who can benefit from positive interaction with non-parental adults who model community standards and are good listeners. Learn about the training and support provided to mentors. Volunteering can take as little as 30 minutes a week. Orientation is no obligation. The meeting will take place at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, in the faculty dining room. R.S.V.P. to Bev Magida at bev.magida@verizon.net or 703-821-3055 by Oct. 17.

Key Center School and Lee High School have collaborated in a community outreach program called “Lee Key to Connection.” Forty-five SGA students from Lee High School are involved in the program. Twice a month, 12 students at a time will come to Key Center to help in the seven secondary classrooms for an hour. This will provide the students with the opportunity to learn about children with disabilities and programs for students with special needs. Through direct interactions with their peers at Key Center School, the Lee High School SGA students gain knowledge and insight to increase their acceptance of persons with disabilities. Moreover, students from Key Center gain a positive experience by interacting with their peers from the community.

Newington Forest Elementary School alumni are asked to contact the school to help with the "Where are they now?" section of the alumni book to be distributed at the school's 20th anniversary celebration on Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m., at the school. Alumni are asked to share their best memories, both of Newington Forest and since graduating, and give some information about their current lives. Alumni may mail the information to the school or complete an alumni information form online at www.fcps.edu/NewingtonForestES. Contact Patricia Portare by writing to her at Newington Forest Elementary School, 8001 Newington Forest Ave., Springfield, VA 22153; calling 703-923-2617; or e-mailing Patricia.Portare@fcps.edu.

Calling all boys in first through fifth grades. September kicks off the annual Join Scouting campaign in Burke, Annandale, Fairfax, Clifton and Fairfax Station areas. Over the next month Cub Scout Packs will be distributing information about how elementary school-age boys and their families can join in the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. Information will be available at back to school nights, local churches and through neighborhood associations. Each Cub Scout Pack will host Join Scouting Night, a special recruiting event in late September. For more information, contact patriotjsn@netscape or contact the area Scouting membership staff at 703-426-1303.

Robert E. Lee High School will be celebrating 45 years of serving the community this fall. To commemorate the event, the Lee Alumni and Friends Association (LAFA) is hosting an anniversary celebration Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Greenspring Village Conference Center in Springfield. All Lee High School alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and requires the pre-purchase of a $75 ticket.

The evening will include light hors d’oeuvres, dancing and fund-raising to help the Lee Alumni and Friends Association’s mission of supporting the Lee High School community with scholarships to students, grants to school clubs and programs, books for the library and other worthy programs.

The registration form and more information can be found online at www.lee-high-alumni.org or by calling the LAFA Celebration Hotline at 703-648-6417.

In addition to the 45th anniversary celebration, a home football game has been designated “Alumni Appreciation Night” at Lee High School on Friday, Nov. 7. A free guided tour of the newly renovated Lee High School will be given on Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning inside the school’s front entrance promptly at 1 p.m.

Need the help of a reliable teenager? West Springfield High School maintains a job and volunteer opportunity board. Students come to the Career Center at school to obtain information about part-time jobs and volunteer needs. From babysitting to yard work to word processing, there is a student to help. Contact the Career Center at 703-913-3828 with a description of the job, hours and contact information.