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McLean: Summer on a High Note

Spring Hill Elementary School Orchestra Director’s Strings Camp remains McLean’s summer tradition.

Every summer, Spring Hill Elementary School orchestra director Ruth Donahue runs an orchestra summer camp for children to improve their music skills.

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Marta Sniezek: All-American

It’s not easy being the second youngest member of a family of 11.

For Marta Sniezek, ranked one of the top basketball players in the country, her parents and her siblings are her motivators in a family where success is a blueprint.

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Centreville: A Beginning, Not an End

School Board approves “Ignite” Strategic Plan, new chairman and vice chairman.

Citizen Michael Ducharme has lived with dyslexia since he was a student. His two daughters both have dyslexia. The father, representing the parents’ movement Decoding Dyslexia, spoke at the July 9 school board meeting in support of the proposed Fairfax County Public Schools Strategic Plan that specifically addresses challenges in the schools facing students with dyslexia. “We’re now faced with the fact tomorrow is today, the fierce urgency of now,” Ducharme said. “It’s time for vigorous and positive action in this plan.”

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Unscheduling Summer Play

Experts praise the benefits of free play for children.

What was once a time for catching fireflies, swimming and exploring has evolved into a period of elite day camps, academic enrichment classes and top-dollar sports clinics.

Burke Library Reading and Art Program Kicks Off

The Burke Centre Library Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Teen Art Competition this summer as part of the library’s annual summer reading program. This year’s theme is Read to the Rhythm.

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Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Returns

Although young readers may have put down the books since leaving classrooms last month, the Fairfax County Public Library has kicked off its Summer Reading Program to nurture a love of pleasure reading during the vacation months.

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Mount Vernon: Church Awards College Scholarships

The Aldersgate Permanent Endowment Committee has awarded 10 scholarships for the 2015-16 school year, eight for college students and two $1,500 gifts for qualified Wesley Theological Seminary students.

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Mount Vernon: Care and Share Initiative Grows

This year Fort Hunt Elementary School started a Backpack Friday program as part of its new Care and Share initiative.

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Mount Vernon: Chamber Awards Scholarships to Local Students

The Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce honored the recipients of its 2015 Education Partnership Scholarships on June 2 at a reception hosted by The Hilton in Springfield.

Fairfax County: Making Summer Reading Fun

Children who meet a reading challenge receive a prize.

Summer days are great for lounging by the pool, laying in the sun and relaxing with a good book. The Fairfax County Public Library is helping to make reading even more fun for families through the Summer Reading Program.

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Chantilly: ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ Plus Magic

Westfield Summer Stage presents “Mary Poppins.”

Featuring a cast and crew of nearly 50, Westfield Summer Stage is bringing the Disney musical, “Mary Poppins,” to life. This production also marks 15 years of summer musicals for this local, theater group.

Potomac: Board Revises Child Abuse Policy

The Board of Education approved changes to Policy JHC, Child Abuse and Neglect on June 29 which guides Montgomery County Public Schools procedures related to recognizing, reporting, and preventing suspected child abuse and neglect of students.

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Potomac: Yao Receives Outstanding Volunteer Award

Potomac Community Resources, Inc. (PCR), a Montgomery County organization providing programs for teens and adults with developmental differences, recently named Edward Yao 2015 Outstanding Youth Volunteer. The 17-year-old Winston Churchill High School senior received this award in March at PCR’s Annual Patricia Sullivan Benefit Dinner.

‘I Have Words’

Two nights ago a car accident took the lives of two young men in the Wootton High School community. Yesterday I was with a group of their friends, who asked me for words of comfort. I had none to give. All I could do was sit with them in their pain, and share it. Today I have words.

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TJ Grad Hits Bulls Eye Against Lyme Disease

As a Thomas Jefferson High School student in 2010, Temple Douglas recognized the possibility for a better Lyme Disease test. Several members of her family had Lyme disease and “I recognized the need,” she said.