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New Resource Available to Help Fairfax Families with School-Aged Children
New Resource Available to Help Fairfax Families with School-Aged Children

Red Apple Advocate (RAA), Fairfax County’s newest blog, launched just two weeks ago. Judi Hershman, the founder of the blog, has been in the Northern Virginia area for about 35 years. Hershman decided that there was a need for a blog that would promote a positive way to get things done in the Fairfax Country School District. Hershman is this week's Super NoVA for creating an online resource that is "dedicated to the ideal of sharing authentic and helpful information about issues and opportunities surrounding the everyday lives of school-aged children and their families."

Hershman has two daughters, both of whom went through the Fairfax County school system. They are 12 years apart, so this past fall was the first time Hershman missed a “Back-to-School” night in 25 years. While it has been many years since her daughters have been students at Kent Gardens Elementary School, Hershman never stopped volunteering at Kent Gardens because she believed in it and loved it so much.

“I believe in the school, and I believe in the principal, Robyn Hooker,” said Hershman.

While Hershman feels that the Fairfax County School District is not doing everything right, she thinks it is important to lift up what is good, praise what they are doing well, and discuss ways they can improve. For example, they can dicuss ways to change the fact that soda costs only .50 cents and water costs $1.00 in the school cafeteria.

The blog is not only comprised of Hershman's opinions; it also contains valuable insight from psychologists, doctors, and PhD writers. Some of RAA's contributors include Dr. Joel Steelman, a pediatric endocrinologist at Cook Children's Hospital, and Dr. Sara Rimm-Kaufman, an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. Furthermore, the Red Apple Advocate is organized in a way that is easy to understand and helpful, as Hershman believes “we all need help.”

“I would like more contributors, but the material has to meet the criteria. It has to be positive, real, and helpful. And it has to be able to help people right now,” added Hershman.

You can “like” Red Apple Advocate on Facebook. Look out for more Super NoVAs every Wednesday going forward. Email escott@wusa9.com if you want to nominate yourself, or someone you know that deserves to be recognized as a Super NoVA!

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