Community Schools — 25 March 2010

Superintendent, daughter receive award 

Alexandria Superintendent Morton Sherman and his daughter, Rachel Strasburg, received the 2010 John Joseph Moakley Community Service Award on March 18 from the nonprofit organization Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.

The two were given the award for their father-daughter presentations about personal experiences with the trauma and stigma of mental illness, an Alexandria City Public Schools spokesperson said.

As a teenager, Strasburg suffered from clinical depression and an eating disorder, which resulted in a suicide attempt. Following her successful therapy and recovery, she and her father traveled the country sharing their story to help others better understand the challenges faced by children and families dealing with severe emotional disturbances.

Strasburg, a graduate of Muhlenberg College, is now an early childhood educator pursuing a Master’s Degree in early education. Sherman has been the superintendent of Alexandria schools since August 2008.

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Tucker students get invite to White House Easter festivities

The U.S. Department of Education has invited Samuel Tucker elementary school students and their families to attend the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll on April 5. The school because of its high achievement, diversity and many health and wellness initiatives received 250 free tickets for the annual event.

“We feel fortunate to have been chosen to represent Alexandria at this much-anticipated White House event,” said Loretta Scott, the school’s principal. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of our students.”

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the Easter Egg Roll, a spring tradition dating to 1878. The day will feature live music, sports, cooking stations, storytelling and Easter egg rolling. The White House South Lawn will be open to ticketed children aged 12 years and younger and their families.

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Coleman to leave Mount Vernon school

Following the announcement that current principal Scott Coleman is leaving Mount Vernon elementary school at the end of the year, the search is on for a new principal at the Del Ray campus.

Coleman is departing at the end of the school year to become the Lower School principal at the Graded International School in So Paulo, Brazil. Coleman came to Alexandria City Public Schools in July 2007. He said the new position allows him to realize his dream to live and travel abroad and work within an international context.

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T.C. student nabs C-Span award

Hana Wuerker, a T.C. Williams High School advanced TV production student, won second place in C-Span’s StudentCam 2010 competition, the school announced last week. Wuerker’s project, Girls Wear Pink, Boys Wear Blue, deals with typical male and female stereotypes and beat out more than 200 entries from high school students across the country.

The award-winning piece is scheduled to air on April 22 on C-Span channels via Comcast.

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