George Mason honored for healthy habits 

The hard work of 170 George Mason elementary school students was rewarded at last on Thursday when the school was honored for its showing in the 2009 Marine Corps Marathons Healthy Kids Fun Run. Of more than 350 schools participating in the one-mile run, George Mason was among the top three. Three Marines led students through physical training drills and Principal Dawn Feltman accepted a $1,000 check for the school from FAMILY magazine.


Young swimmer strives for better water in India

Realizing her relative good fortune and abundance of clean water, Katie Pickup, 13, of the Potomac Marlins Swim Team based out of Chinquapin Recreation Center, put together a swim-a-thon Saturday to help build a well in an Indian village.

We get to swim in clean water while other people cant even drink clean water and Id like to do something about that, Pickup said.

The proceeds from the event will fund construction of a well in Bitiyari, an 800-person village located in Indias Gujarat region, in cooperation with the nonprofit group Citizen Effect.


T.C. Williams Science Bowl Club competes at regional event

The T.C. Williams High School Science Bowl Club competed last weekend at the Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and held in Newport News.

Facing experienced competition, the team of Ali Sue Patterson, Alpha Kaloko, Marifer Cruz, Shahin Yavari and Chris Aplin finished strong in the overall round-robin portion and placed second in bridge-building engineering.


Charles Barrett PTA shows snow much gratitude to custodians

The Charles Barrett elementary school PTA recently acknowledged the hard work and diligence of the custodial staff during Snowmageddon. PTA President Kay Arndorfer presented Victor Douglas, Lavonne Ford, Thanh Kim and Larry Johnson with Olympic-style medals, gift cards and boxes of homemade cookies.

The custodial staff ensured that all sidewalks and exits were safe and their attentiveness identified problems with leaks and other side effects before further damage could occur, a school spokesperson said.

Too often, because our custodial staffs work goes on in the background, its all too easy for parents and students not to see or properly appreciate their efforts, said PTA Secretary Laurie Winakur. 

But over the last weeks and months, weve seen the unmistakable evidence of their extra work and know all too well from our efforts at home just how hard that work has been, she said.


St. Stephens&St. Agnes School presents Pippin 

The Stage One Players of St. Stephens / St. Agnes Upper School continue their production of Pippin, by Roger O. Hirson, this weekend at the schools performing arts center. 

Pippin is the story of Prince Pippins quest to find personal significance. A narrator who is blessed with the gift of magic tells of Pippins journey as he traverses through the trials of war, love and politics. 

The show continues Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Parental guidance is suggested for younger audience members and tickets are $5 at the door.