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Schools, Oct. 1-7

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With a vision of a garden to nourish the birds, insects and the minds of elementary children at Newton Lee Elementary School in Ashburn, a few volunteers set out to clear part of a courtyard last spring. Through donations of plants, funds and some classes planting everything from small wildflowers to seeds that turned into towering sunflowers, the efforts have been fully rewarded. The National Wildlife Federation has now officially recognized Newton Lee's "inspiration" garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Plans are underway to engage the student body in a number of projects during the coming months, including mapping the garden, planning for more plots and replanting the seeds from the sunflower crop to experience a full plant lifecycle.

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Pink-aid, a breast cancer awareness fund-raiser held Friday, Sept. 26, was sponsored by Broad Run DECA who asked Briar Woods to join in by having attendees to the night's football game wear pink and buy event-related items. Broad Run raised $7,500 and Briar Woods $4,300. All monies are being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Students worked hard showed great spirit and a good time was had by all. Some sponsors and donations included Darrell Green, Chris Cooley, Pump It Up, DSW, The Zarou Family, Tropical Smoothie King, Giant, Lansdowne Golf Club, Red Robin, Serenity Day Spa, Tiffany Nails and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail <a href="mailto:loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com">loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com</a>. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454.

The Dominion Educational Partnership Program is awarding $28,000 in educational grants to six schools in Northern Virginia to help strengthen math and science skills of students in grades kindergarten-12. Dominion Trail Elementary received $2,000, to develop a raised colonial garden that will allow students to study environmental science as well as social studies and art.

The Briar Woods High School Music Boosters Association will be holding its fall citrus fruit sale, from Oct. 1-27. For every purchase of a box of fruit from a Briar Woods music student, Florida Indian River Groves will contribute more than 40 percent of the total purchases to the Briar Woods Music Boosters, a parent/teacher organization that provides volunteer and financial support for the Briar Woods High School music programs. Online orders are always welcome http://www.fruitorder.com/orderFundraising.asp?OrgId=322826.

Briar Woods High School is located at 22525 Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. Visit www.falconfever.org to learn more about The Falcon Regiment and the BWHS music programs. Send questions to BWHSMBA@gmail.com.