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Back-to-School Shopping in Fairfax

FACETS and partners provide brand new school supplies.

“I wanna get school supplies so I can get smart,” said Sabrina Mohammed, 5, of Fairfax, as she excitedly entered the recreation center at Ragan Oaks Court apartments in Fairfax, which has been filled with school supplies provided by Facets.

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Mount Vernon: Questions Pursued after Encounter with Police

Iraq war veteran calls Internal Affairs commander’s statements “victim blaming.”

Alex Horton waited patiently for his chance to speak. Meanwhile the Use of Force subcommittee of the Fairfax County ad hoc commission to review police policies and procedures waded through the results of a survey to determine the content and language of policy change recommendations it will eventually bring to the full commission.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Future Legends

Families of students in the ACPS 3-5 Grade Summer Enrichment Program joined their children recently at an end-of-class celebration.

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Checking the Back-to-School Healthcare Blocks

Local governments, clinics offer free immunizations for all and physical exams for the uninsured.

As the lazy days of summer wind down, beach trips, lemonade stands and lax bedtimes give way to alarm clocks, textbooks and backpacks. Public health officials say that a back-to-school list should include more than pencils and paper. For many, the first order of business is a well-child physical, a dental exam and required immunizations.

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Dranesville Focus: Green Schools and Kids at Hope

School to hold open house on Sept. 3.

September 8 is fast approaching for Fairfax County Public Schools, and Dranesville Elementary School is ready for the new school year.

Cybersecurity Week at Marshall High

Marshall’s Cybersecurity Camp opens for the fourth summer.

An advanced group of 20 high school students learned about sequel injections and cryptography as their white computer screens illuminated the classroom. T

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Colvin Run Elementary to Focus on Caring Culture

PTO sets goals for a new year: fundraising for new laptops.

As summer comes to a close, elementary schools in the Great Falls area are hard at work preparing to welcome students to a new school year.

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Arlington: Joint Effort Distributes 900 Backpacks

The Reading Connection (TRC) and local employees of The Boeing Company recently stuff more than 900 backpacks full of supplies and books for local at-risk children.

The Reading Connection (TRC) and local employees of The Boeing Company recently stuffed more than 900 backpacks full of supplies and books for local at-risk children.

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Alexandria: Backpacks, School Supplies and More

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ ministry hosts annual event.

The Alfred Street Baptist Church frequently steps in to meet community needs that can go unnoticed, and the thousands of youth returning to school without the supplies they need is no exception. In two weeks’ time, volunteers at the church filled more than a thousand backpacks for elementary, middle and high school students attending Alexandria City Public Schools.

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Fairfax County Schools Seek Public Input

Focusing on $100 million shortfall.

With Fairfax County Public Schools facing a projected Fiscal Year 2017 budget shortfall of $100 million, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Garza established a task force to look at programs or services that may be eliminated to reduce some of that deficit.

Chantilly: Exploring with ‘Dozi the Alligator’

CHS grad pens his first children’s book.

Everyone craves a little adventure sometimes. Chantilly High School alumnae Daniel Boris’ first children’s book. “Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family.” explores this topic through rhyme and illustrations.

Centre View: 18,000 Pounds Of Food Collected

The Minnieland Academy — with two schools in Centreville — has concluded its six-month “Kids Feeding Kids” food drive.

Chantilly: Dickenson Earns Rank of Eagle Scout

Troop 30 of Centreville honored John Dickenson who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony on Aug. 2.

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Alexandria: SOL Scores Improving

Gains at Jefferson-Houston; mixed results at TC.

The forecast calls for sunshine, but make no mistake it’s raining test scores these days, and improved numbers for schools are sprouting over town. The Virginia Department of Education has just released preliminary SOL test results for the 2014-2015 school year, and Alexandria City Public Schools show pass rates up across English, math, history and science.

Alexandria: All Lives Matter

(Of course)

All lives matter is the righteous reactionary retort to the now often shouted mantra of Black Lives Matter. This tit-for-tat, back-and-forth battle is the reason we cannot have meaningful discussions about race in America.