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BASIS Independent McLean Earns First Place at MATHCOUNTS State Competition; Heads to Florida’s Natio

BASIS Independent McLean Earns First Place at MATHCOUNTS State Competition; Heads to Florida’s Natio

The BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS team placed first in the MATHCOUNTS state championships in Richmond, Va.; its first time participating in the annual statewide MATHCOUNTS competition. BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS members include: Austin Feng (8th grade), Joshua Fu (8th grade), Pravalika Putalapattu, (7th grade) and Ethan Zhou (6th grade), and are led by Coaches Tyler Sullivan and Rikki McCullough, s BASIS Independent McLean math teacher. MATHCOUNTS state champions head to the 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, Florida in May. For more information on BASIS Independent McLean, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com.

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BASIS Independent McLean Hosts Local Jack and Jill of America No. Va. Chapter at Writing Symposium

BASIS Independent McLean Hosts Local Jack and Jill of America No. Va. Chapter at Writing Symposium

Jack and Jill of America, Inc.’s Northern Virginia Chapter conducted a Reading & Writing Symposium recently at BASIS Independent McLean in McLean, Va. facilitated by an Emmy-award winning journalist, distinguished authors, celebrated teachers and a gifted illustrator, to encourage pre-school through high school students to develop an appreciation for the art of writing and illustration through engaging, interactive activities. For more information on BASIS Independent McLean, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com.

How EOD Warrior Foundation Helps Military Children

How EOD Warrior Foundation Helps Military Children

April is the Month of the Military Child. From our neighbors to celebrities who grew up in military families, such as Jessica Alba, Priscilla Presley, and Bruce Willis, many have their own stories of struggles and heroism they can share. In fact, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University, there are 1.76 million children and youth in military families in the country. Almost 80% of them are age 11 or younger. What’s more, they report that military children have higher rates of mental health problems, including psychological stress, depression, and academic problems.

“Military families, especially children in military families, need extra love and care from their community and from civilian families across the nation,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “Their experiences often leave them needing some additional assistance, and we are a group that is honored to be able to provide for them.

Metropolitan School Of The Arts’ Tap Ensemble Presents Preview Show, Mar. 12

Metropolitan School Of The Arts’ Tap Ensemble Presents Preview Show, Mar. 12

Metropolitan School of the Arts Youth Tap Ensemble is performing a preview to its 10-year anniversary show, scheduled in May, called 2x2, at MSA’s Black Box Theatre at 5775 Barclay Drive in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $5 per child, $10 per adult. Tap students perform duets that are choreographed and performed by more than 20 tap artists. For more tickets, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

 “We invite the public to celebrate 10 years with our Youth Tab Ensemble and enjoy an engaging and energizing, community tap show,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va.

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Dr. Yum Dishes Up Healthy Family Tips for National Nutrition Month

Dr. Yum Dishes Up Healthy Family Tips for National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, which is a time to shed some light on our food choices and how we can develop some sound eating and physical activity habits. The health professionals seem to agree that American families desperately need both of them. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 21% of adolescents are considered obese, and over 17% of kids ages 6-11 are. This is a number that has continued to rise, despite the health problems that obesity can lead to.

Cook in Tuscany of Haymarket, Va. Donates Two Tuscan Trips; Supports Comfort Cases’ Foster Kids

Cook in Tuscany of Haymarket, Va. Donates Two Tuscan Trips; Supports Comfort Cases’ Foster Kids

Cook in Tuscany, of Haymarket, Va. donated two Tuscan culinary tours for the Comfort Cases, based in Silver Spring, Md. The live and silent auctions offered several trips and luxury packages. For more information about the tour, go to www.cookintuscany.com

The winners of the Cook in Tuscany culinary tours will be able treat themselves in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and fun. The tour provides daily cooking lessons from local “Nonnas”, first class accommodations in the medieval hill-top village of Montefollonico, visits to regional wineries and cheese makers, tours of local and historic sites and many recreational activities.

“It’s our honor to be able to support Comfort Cases, we hope that our auction items can help provide hundreds of backpacks for foster care kids,” said Linda Meyers, co-owner of Cook in Tuscany.

Dr. Yum’s Book Helps Combat Childhood Obesity

Dr. Yum’s Book Helps Combat Childhood Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of every 5 school age children is obese, which is a number that has more than tripled since the 1970s. In fact, the CDC refers to childhood obesity today as a serious problem. It’s one that many parents are not sure how to take on and beat. The good news is that although babies may not be born with a handbook on how to care for them, one doctor who is on a mission to combat childhood obesity has written a book on how to feed children so they are healthy and happy.