Thursday, May 2, 2013
In fifth year, week-long pledge between seven of Vienna's elementary schools prepares for biggest turnout yet.
Karen Marlo has always had an interest in keeping kids active. But the odds seemed stacked against making fitness a part of her children's most fundamental routine: going to and from school. Marlo, a working mom, has two kids in two different schools. Her son takes the bus to Westbriar Elementary in part because it's the safest route: There aren't sidewalks between the family's home in Northeast Vienna and the school just off of Old Courthouse Road, a busy commuter cut-through. But last year, Marlo recommitted to the effort, finding a safe route to bike to school with her son and scheduling the trip with enough time to return home and head to work. Soon, it was their new routine. "Having to find the time isn't easy," she said. "It's part …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Have a used bike? Bring it to Bikes @ Vienna on Saturday for a child in need.
It's around this time of year families often start to notice the clutter in their garages: the extra toys, the boxes from houses past, and especially for families with multiple children, the old stack of outgrown or unused bicycles that haven't been ridden in months (or years). The Committee for Helping Others (CHO), along with local elementary schools, are asking residents to give those extra bikes this holiday season to kids in need through a donation drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bikes @ Vienna. Bikes @ Vienna owner Tim Fricker, who has volunteered his services again this year to repair bikes collected by the groups, says he helps out to help give local children the same experience many residents had in their own younger …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Work of local elementary school students showcased in reception Saturday night
Students from four Vienna elementary schools are among those who will be in the spotlight tonight at a Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE) reception showcasing works created by area students. The works are from 13 of the 43 schools that participate in the volunteer-led GRACE Art, the signature art education and enrichment program of the Greater Reston Arts Center. Flint Hill Elementary, Vienna Elementary and Westbriar Elementary are all included in the show. The Vienna-based Green Hedges School, which draws students from across Virginia, is also featured. The artwork is inspired by 12 different portfolios, including those of Alexander Calder, Edgar Degas, Flowers in Art, Horses in Art, Robert Lobe, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Native American Art…
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Students celebrate reading 240,620 minutes with Dr. Seuss parade
Would you, could you, in Vienna, find green eggs and ham and Sam-I-am? On Friday, the icons— and Cindy Lou Who, too— filled the halls of Flint Hill Elementary School in a parade celebrating the end of its Second Annual Read-A-Thon, during which students read a total of 240,620 minutes — the equivalent of five and a half months. The celebration was planned for national Read Across America Day, a long-running effort by the National Education Association to encourage reading and literacy among people of all ages. An estimated 45 million students, parents and educators participate in the initiative each year, according to the NEA. It's sometimes known as "Dr. Seuss Day" — Friday marks the author's 108th birthday. "If you can't read, it's going…
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Twenty-year-old driver charged after allegedly hitting crossing guard Monday
A 20-year-old Vienna woman was charged this week for failure to obey fulltime attention after a Monday morning accident that sent a Flint Hill Elementary School crossing guard to the hospital. The crossing guard was allowing a child to cross the road around 8:30 a.m. Monday when a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse made a right turn from Vale Drive onto Flint Hill Road, Fairfax County Police Department Spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said. The vehicle did not stop in time The guard was wearing her traffic vest and hat, Caldwell said, and was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. No children were injured. Police did not release the driver's name.