<bt>A group of visiting South Korean teachers visited Dogwood Elementary School on Friday to see how technology can be integrated into the classroom and to observe students working on laptops. The visiting teachers saw students using technology throughout the school and watched the production of the school's morning television show. They also saw the school's wireless lab, an interactive white board in use and other high-tech learning tools. Dogwood is a particularly wired elementary school, with roughly one computer for every three students according to Fairfax County Public School records.
<sh>Block Party at
Reston Town Center
<bt>Reston residents are being invited to a block party at Reston Town Center this Friday night, from 9 to midnight. Sponsored by the Reston Association, the event will feature music, prizes and pizza available for purchase. The event is free and open to all. For more information, contact RA's Ashleigh Soloff at 703-435-6577 or go to www.reston.org.
<bt>Office Depot donated 600 backpacks Monday to Kids R First, a Reston-based non-profit organization that collects school supplies for students who cannot afford to buy their own. The backpacks, filled with basic school supplies, will be distributed to schools throughout Fairfax County. Founded in 1998, Kids R First has provided 36,500 needy children with school supplies. Last year, the organization gave school supplies to students enrolled at 58 schools in Reston, Herndon, Sterling, Ashburn, Centreville, Chantilly and Falls Church.
<sh>RCC Calls Out
<bt>The Reston Community Center will begun publicizing its upcoming preference poll, through which the community nominates residents to serve on RCC's Board of Governors. Candidates can register starting on Sept. 1, with the deadline later in the month. Members of the Board of Governors set policy for the community center and oversee its budget. The preference poll, which traditionally suffers from low participation, informs Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) which candidates the community supports. Hudgins can then either confirm or deny the candidate's appointment. For more information, go to www.restoncommunitycenter.org.
<lst>Cluster Condo Exchange Committee Meeting. Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Reston Association's main office at 1930 Isaac Newton Sq.
Reston Community Center Board of Governors' Finance Committee. Monday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at RCC-Hunters Woods.
Reston Community Center Board of Governors' Preference Poll Committee. Monday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m. at RCC-Hunters Woods.