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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.

Science Program for Kids Makes Science Look Like Magic

The Maryland Science Center is Hosting “Brain Benders” this Thursday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Kings Park Library in Burke, VA. This program is open to kids ages 6-12. It is an opportunity to come see everyday objects through scientific eyes and is a program aligned with school curriculums. The Kings Park Library is located at 9000 Burke Lake Road.

For more information about the program or to reserve a spot for your children you can call 703-978-5600 or visit: http://www.mdsci.org/programs/educators/TSP/BrainBenders.html

Coming Soon: Pilot Program for Online Textbooks

Some Fairfax County public schools will be participating in a new pilot program this fall giving students access to online textbooks. The pilot program will involve social studies courses at six different middle schools and six different high schools. Students in these classes will receive netbooks, which are smaller, lighter versions of laptops.

The schools that will be participating in the pilot program have not been selected yet, nor have the number of netbooks. The schools that are participating in the program will not incur any additional costs, and the school system has not yet estimated the total cost of the program.