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Schools, Feb. 18-24

U.S. Post Office inspector Jonathan Bame will give an Internet safety presentation Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. at Lake Anne Elementary, 11510 N. Shore Drive, Reston. Bame will offer a brief summary of the group’s investigation of child exploitation cases as well as an overview of the type of social networking sites available on the Internet and ways to protect children from predators. Contact principal Linda Hajj at 703-326-3500 or linda.hajj@fcps.edu.

000 Drive, Reston, is holding a Kindergarten Open House Friday, Feb. 20, 2-3 p.m. Meet the teachers, see the classroom, receive a brief overview of the curriculum, learn about the Character education program and more. Call 703.758.8811

Learn about post-secondary education options at a workshop entitled "What Am I Going To Do After High School?" Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston. Free. E-mail Natashi.Anthony@fcps.edu or call 571-423-4150 to register.

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) announced the opening of their 2009 scholarship program. The scholarships are open to aspiring artists who are seniors at any Fairfax County high school. Applicants must be an art/photography student at his/her high school and must have applied to, or been accepted at, an art school or program at a college or university, for the summer or fall 2009 term. Completed applications must be received by the LRA at P.O. Box 2513, Reston, VA 20195-2513 by Feb. 28. Visit www.leagueofrestonartists.org for details.

Learn about secondary school options at a free seminar Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston.

Students from Carson, Herndon and Hughes Middle Schools and Herndon and South Lakes High Schools won regional awards in the Scholastic Art Awards competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Their work will be on display at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale Friday, Feb. 13-Thursday, Feb. 26. An awards ceremony for Gold and Silver Key winners is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

The Sunrise Valley Elementary Green Team has received a Johnnie Forte, Jr., Memorial Grant to support the school’s butterfly garden. The Green Team, a sixth grade leadership team, will use the funds to purchase a composter to recycle leaves and grass clippings gathered at the school. Once it is ready, the compost produced by the recycling will enrich the soil of the butterfly garden. The garden is available to all Sunrise Valley classes as they study science and stewardship of the environment. Contact principal Elizabeth English at 703-715-3800 or elizabeth.english@fcps.edu.

Students at Terraset Elementary are collaborating to create tutorials for other students to use. Working in pairs, the students select a topic, create a storyboard and a script, and use the SMART BoardTM recorder to capture their actions and their voices. Teachers post the tutorials on their FCPS 24-7 Learning sites to use for unit or Standards of Learning (SOL) test review. Students also work with teachers from other grade levels so that the older students make videos for the younger ones. Videos can be seen at www.fcps.edu/TerrasetES. Contact principal Ellen Cury at 703-390-5600 or ellen.cury@fcps.edu or news liaison Heather Dix at heather.dix@fcps.edu.