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BASIS Independent McLean 3rd Grader Places Second in WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest

BASIS Independent McLean 3rd Grader Places Second in  WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest

BASIS Independent McLean, third-grader, James Fishman won 2nd place in the 2017 WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest out of almost 400 entries for his illustrated story, Cats and Kitties, which is posted on www.weta.org. For more information about the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

The WETA-TV Writer’s Contest was open to children in kindergarten through third grade who live in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Northern Virginia, with entries submitted by May 1, 2017.

A first, second and third place winner were announced at each grade level. First place winners will have their stories made into a hardcover book. Additionally, the area school that submitted the most entries received a free classroom library of books and a visit from a PBS Kids costume character.

EOD Warrior Foundation to Hold Warrior 5K and Half Marathon

EOD Warrior Foundation to Hold Warrior 5K and Half Marathon

EOD Warrior Foundation will be holding a run near the nation’s capital to help raise funds to further their mission of helping EOD warriors

Those who would like a way to help the many explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) military members and their families can lace up their running shoes this month. The EOD Warrior Foundation will be the beneficiary of a 5K and Half Marathon on June 25, 2017 in Georgetown, Washington, DC. The race organizers, Bishops Events, have generously offered to make the EOD Warrior Foundation the beneficiary of these great events.  Funds raised from the races will support the mission of helping EOD warriors and their families in need.

“Participating in a fundraising walk or run is a great way to make a positive impact supporting a cause you are passionate about,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “This is going to be a great event, and it’s for a great cause.”

How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

Want to help raise money for charity and get a good workout in at the same time? Those who join in on the Longest Day Fundraiser will be doing just that, by lifting weights for a great cause. The 2nd annual event will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., located at 3160 Spring St., E-F, Fairfax, Virginia.  The open gym event will last through all of the daylight hours on that day, where participants can take part in the free training being offered.

“Last year, we raised around $5,500 for charity and we had a great time doing it,” explains Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “We hope to raise even more this year and give people a great workout while we are at it.”

Monza Voted Best Bar and Best Outdoor Dining by Virginia Living Magazine

Monza Voted Best Bar and Best Outdoor Dining by Virginia Living Magazine

Monza of Historic Manassas, Va. was named Best Bar and Best Outdoor Dining by Virginia Living Magazine’s 2017 Best of Virginia issue. Go to www.eatmonza.com for more information.

Virginia Living Magazine has an annual Best of Virginia issue.

“We’re thrilled to be selected by Virginia Living Magazine for Best Bar, our customers are exceptional and we love what we do,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.

BASIS Ind. McLean Co-founder to Speak; BASIS.ed Ranks in Top 10 Schools in US News&World Reports

BASIS Ind. McLean Co-founder to Speak; BASIS.ed Ranks in Top 10 Schools in US News&World Reports

BASIS.ed’s co-founder Dr. Michael Block will speak at a free, public information session on Wed., May 24 at BASIS Independent McLean at 6:15 p.m., located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Va. to discuss U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings that has listed five of the 10 schools as BASIS.ed – at first, second, third, fifth and seventh place. The public is invited to hear Dr. Block talk about the notable school curriculum that led to BASIS.ed’s reputable U.S. rankings. Cocktail reception begins at 6:15 p.m. with the session to follow at 6:45 p.m. To register, go to http://basisindependent.com/may24 or call 703.854.1253.

Donate Swimsuits For CASA Kids at Monza and Get $10 Monza Gift Card

Donate Swimsuits For CASA Kids at Monza and Get $10 Monza Gift Card

From now through May 31, the public can drop off new swimsuits for CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Children) of Manassas, Va., at Monza and Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. in return for a $10 Monza gift card. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.   

 “Swimming pools will be opening soon, and so many kids go without proper swimsuits,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va. “CASA is a tremendous support for kids in need of support, guidance and love, and we love the opportunity to be able to give back,” said Pires.

LearningRx’s Hosts 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber Stars Event

LearningRx’s Hosts 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber Stars Event

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Stars event with 42 students attending from 21 Fairfax County area schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

More than 130 attendees joined the event, including Jay Pearson, executive principal, Region 2, Fairfax County Public Schools and Maureen Loftus, youth and education chair for the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Tysons Regional Chamber partners with area schools to celebrate and honor selected students who deserve recognition for positive potential or significant improvements. The Chamber Stars event celebrates the accomplishment of students who have persevered despite significant obstacles or personal struggles.