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A Parent and Caregiver Forum on Teen Abuse of Prescription Medications

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Do you know what’s in your medicine cabinet? Many teens do. Every day, on average, 2,500 teens abuse prescription drugs to get high for the first time. To educate parents and caregivers on the dangers of prescription drug abuse, Joseph Rannazzisi, a pharmacist, lawyer, Special Agent, and Deputy Assistant Administrator with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will present the current trends of prescription drug abuse affecting our nation’s youth.

The Forum will take place on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., at George Mason University’s Harris Theatre on the Fairfax campus. This Forum is a free event and no registration is needed.

Top 20 Comedian at George Mason University

On Thursday, September 14, comedian Steve Hofstetter will be appearing at George Mason University's Fairfax campus. Former columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL, Hofstetter has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergunson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comedy All-Stars, White Boyz in the Hood, Quite Frankly, and many more shows. His second album was #20 on the comedy charts and he performs 300 live shows a year. Now is your chance to catch Hofstetter live in Fairfax, VA!

Fairfax High School Seeks Volunteers

The PTSA is seeking volunteers for the "Rebels Reunite." Volunteers are need for Tuesday, August 31 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A perk for volunteers is that they can come in at 3:00 p.m. to turn in their own forms and get their schedules early with no lines!

Volunteers will help collect forms and give out schedules in the Fairfax High School Auditorium and Cafeteria. PTSA is hoping to get about 30-40 volunteers.

More volunteers are need for September 1-3 when students who could not make it to "Rebels Reunite" are coming to the Main Lobby to get their materials from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you are able to help out you can contact Clare Talbert, PTSA Volunteer Coordinator at: Talbert4fun@msn.com.

 

Welcome Back to School Annandale High School!

It’s almost time for Annandale High School to start back up again. Annandale High School would like to remind the parents and students that The Opening of School Student/Parent Packet can be picked up in the AHS Cafeteria on the following dates and times:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 26 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

All financial obligations must be resolved prior to packet pickup, which includes getting your class schedule and locker information. All required forms must be completed prior to pick up as well.

WFCM Holds Back-to-School Backpack Collection

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is holding their annual backpack collection as we approach the new school year. They collect backpacks for the elementary, middle and high schools in areas such as Centreville, Fairfax Station, Clifton, and Chantilly to name a few.

WFCM is asking area residents to contribute whenever possible because so far they have requests for over 1,300 backpacks which are given to students with free or reduced-price lunches. Due to the rough economy, the numbers of backpack requests have gone up by 15% since last year. Some schools don’t even request a number, they just have asked for as many as possible.

If you would like to donate a backpack you can drop it off at WFCM located at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, VA. WFCM asks that the backpack donations are dropped off on or before August 25 because the deliveries to the schools will occur by August 27.

You're Invited to Join the Kings Park Concert Band

Come out and join the Kings Park Concert Band every Tuesday evening from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The rehearsals take place in the White Oaks Elementary School cafeteria at 6130 Shiplett Boulevard in Burke, VA.

You are not required to audition. If you are an adult who played in your high school or college band or in any orchestra and are interested in joining the concert band you are more than welcome to attend! For more information you can call Gary Rathke at 703-220-8356 or visit http://www.iloveburke.com/html/main/announce_display/eventID/31582/index.html

You can also email the band at kpband@kingsparkband.org for more inquiries.

100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.