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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.

Centreville: 18,000 Pounds Of Food Collected

The Minnieland Academy — with two schools in Centreville — has concluded its six-month “Kids Feeding Kids” food drive. The company delivered more than 18,000 pounds of food and replenished the shelves at area shelters and food banks.

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Potomac: Through the Lens of Youth

Photoworks showcases young photographers.

Through Aug. 30, Glen Echo Park’s Photoworks is showcasing the 2015 Juried Youth Photography Exhibition.

Potomac: Backpack Drive To Benefit Needy Children

Couple hosts ice cream social to get all children ready to start school.

When Margo Fonoroff worked as a teacher, media specialist and principal in Montgomery County Public Schools, she recalls the first days of school as being filled with excited children clad in new clothes and shoes and carrying new backpacks. They had pencils and notebooks and calculators and were ready to begin a new school year. For some students however, the start of the school year brought shame.

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Great Falls: Artstars Presents ‘Pets On Parade’

Great Falls Artstars Studios holds piano recitals.

The students of Artstars Studios LLC of Great Falls recently held piano recitals. The theme of the recitals was "Pets On Parade."

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation — Built Rockets, Apps

TJHSST offers STEM courses to middle schoolers.

Inside W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Jacob Parker is watching a cartoon on the computer, while his teacher Dan Trau walks around the room, answering questions from students.

Alexandria: School Supplies Drive Underway

Alexandria City Public Schools’ Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center and Community Partners for Children (CPC), an Alexandria nonprofit organization, kicked off their annual Back-to-School Drive for school supplies for students.

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STEM-Based Private School to Open in Reston

Ideaventions Academy plans to open Reston school.

Two Thomas Jefferson High School alums, Oakton residents Juliana and Ryan Heitz, opened a teaching science center in 2010 for young learners after an unsuccessful search to find a science enrichment class for their son.

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Human Trafficking: ‘No One is Immune’

Teenager leaders warned, asked to educate themselves and peers against sex trafficking.

Detective Bill Woolf described how human traffickers use all tools possible, including social media, to lure victims anywhere and everywhere, including Tysons Corner, Great Falls and McLean.