Virginia Education Association Honors Del. Rust
The Virginia Education Association recognized Del. Tom Rust (R-86) as a “Legislative Champion” at their state conference last week. He was recognized for supporting public education during the 2013 General Assembly. As a champion of public schools, Rust introduced a center aisle resolution proclaiming the VEA’s 150th anniversary.
“For the past 150 years, the Virginia Education Association has worked tirelessly to give each student a high quality public education, while encouraging the student to realize their full potential so that they can be successful after they graduate,” said Rust. “This is possible because of the outstanding teachers and staff who are dedicated to the students.”
During the 2013 General Assembly session, Del. Rust copatroned bills on allowing school boards to set their school calendar (HB1467 passed in the House, but failed in the Senate), requiring school boards to prohibit bullying in their policies and procedures (HB1871 will become law on July 1), providing early intervention in reading and math for underachieving students (HB2068 will become law on July 1st), requiring teacher personnel records be confidential (HB1889 will become law on July 1st), and three bills to improve school safety (HB2343, HB2344, and HB2345 which will become law on July 1st).
Herndon Moms Club Meeting Focuses on Photography
The MOMS Club® of Herndon will host its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 18, from 10–11:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church (651 Dranesville Road, Herndon). All Herndon (zip codes 20170 and 20171) stay-at-home mothers are encouraged to join and meet other at-home mothers.
Photographer Becky A. Gardner will offer different ideas on creating a photo gallery for your home, finding creative pieces for your gallery, recent trends in photo processing for keepsake gifts and more. Children are welcome to attend all MOMS Club events.
Gardner is a natural light photographer in Northern Virginia, specializing in family, newborn and engagement photography. She specializes in on-location newborn, family and engagement sessions with a combination of both a traditional and lifestyle approach.
For more information or to RSVP contact Tomoko Azuma, membership VP, at Herndon_moms_info@yahoo.com.
Del. Rust in Kidney Walk
On Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m., Del. Tom Rust (R-86) with volunteers from the Team Rust walk team will join hundreds of residents of the Reston and greater Herndon area for the 2013 Northern Virginia Kidney Walk at Reston Town Center. The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk will help fund the foundation’s initiatives in awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease and the need for organ donation.
“This is an issue that hits close to home,” said Del. Rust. “I have two people very close to me with diabetes, and kidney health is something that we are all very much aware of. … I hope that residents in the Reston and Herndon areas will consider participating in the walk with us. Of every dollar, 81 cents raised goes to vital services that support education, treatment and patient support programs.”
Del. Rust is serving as honorary chair of the Northern Virginia Kidney Walk and is working with representatives from the National Kidney Foundation to increase participation in this year’s walk. Those interested in volunteering with the Team Rust walk group can call Rust’s legislative office at 703-437-9400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Pride of Herndon’ in Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade
Herndon High School’s marching band, “The Pride of Herndon,” has been selected by members of Congress and the United States Marine Band to represent Virginia in the 2013 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade.
Very few At-Large State Bands were selected for the 2013 memorial parade. The Pride of Herndon will not only represent the Commonwealth of Virginia during official ceremonies, but also veterans and survivors from all across the country. The Pride of Herndon will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, in December to participate in the 2013 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. This year’s celebration is also significant as several Pearl Harbor survivors will be honored as grand marshalls.