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On March 4, Stephen Billington of the United Kingdom, Yasna Yilorm Barrientos of Chile and Clara PŽrez Vargas of Colombia received awards from the Visiting International Faculty Program, the nation's largest cultural exchange program for teachers and schools. VIF is sponsoring 223 international teachers in Virginia this year Ñ including 50 in Loudoun County Schools. Billington, a second-grade teacher at Ashburn Elementary School, was honored as Virginia's Cultural Educator of the Year for his dedication to excellence in education through international cultural exchange. Yilorm was honored for her dedication to excellence in education through international cultural exchange. PŽrez, a Spanish language teacher at Cedar Lane Elementary School, was honored for her dedication to excellence in education through international cultural exchange.

Stone Bridge High School's graduating seniors will be celebrating again this year with an all-night, substance-free party on graduation night. To raise money for this event, the SBHS Project Graduation committee is sponsoring The 2nd annual "SBHS Car or Cash Sweepstakes."

Tickets are available, with the last ticket expected to be sold by March 31. Only 600 tickets will be sold. Tickets cost $30 and the winner can choose between a brand new 2005 Nissan Sentra from Brown's Sterling Nissan or $10,000 cash. The winner does not need to be present to win.

All proceeds go toward the all-night, substance-free party for Stone Bridge High School's graduation seniors on graduation night, June 17.

To purchase tickets, call 703-729-5717 or download a ticket form from links on the Web site at www.Loudoun.K12.Va.Us/schools/sbhs. All mailed entries will receive a receipt and ticket stub by mail within two weeks of receipt.

Around 270 Loudoun County High School seniors will receive a "Reality Check" Thursday, March 31, as they take part in the "Reality Store."

The purpose of the Reality Store is to provide students with a taste of "reality" through an educational role-playing simulation relating to making financial choices.

The students will begin by participating in an Orientation Session where they will be randomly assigned a career and salary. They are told they are the head of the household, aged 25 and to be creative. They are also handed a family situation whereby they may have either zero, one or two children. Then off they go to experience the "real world" of making financial decisions and staying in their monthly budget.

After completing the Reality Store, students will participate in a Debriefing Session. This will give the students a chance to distill the lessons they have learned by experiencing the "real world."

Lowes Island Night at Baja Fresh Mexican Grill Tuesday, April 5, from 5-8 p.m., 15 percent of all purchases from Baja Fresh will benefit the Lowes Island Elementary PTO. Baja Fresh has Mexican-style food including burritos, tostadas, soft shell tacos, taquitos, quesadillas, and all you can drink self serve beverages. Dine in, or call 571-434-7230 for take-out. Baja Fresh is located in the Cascades Marketplace at 20968 Southbank St. For more information, call 703-444-7532.

Western Fun Fair, Sterling Elementary School, 200 W. Church Road, April 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain or shine). Includes food, fun games and variety of prizes. Entertainment by Bob the Vid Techâ from Maryland Public Television. Proceeds from this PTA fund-raiser will help build a track for the school. Includes more than 50 raffle drawings and the Wild West Silent Auction, including a fire truck ride, a helicopter ride, Ringling Brothers Circus tickets, Washington Nationals tickets and much more.

Harper Park Middle School presents ÒCheaper By The Dozen,Ó Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. The play, adapted from the best-selling novel by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, is a family comedy set in the 1920s. Tickets $1 general admission are sold at the door starting at 7 p.m. the night of the performances. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Harper Park Middle is located at 701 Potomac Station Drive in Leesburg, 703-779-8860.