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 …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
School partners with Vienna American Legion to donate money to the area's homeless veterans.
What began as a drive for Marshall Road Elementary School students to bring in "just $1" ended this week in a more than $500 donation to local military veterans. The school recently partnered with Vienna's American Legion to raise a total of $532 to help homeless veterans in the DC metropolitan area, Eachus wrote to Patch. The donation hit home in a number of ways — including for Assistant Principal Gary Hinson, a veteran himself, Eachus said. The project was part of the school's "Big 10" campaign to complete 10 service projects this year. Last year, the school completed 50 as part of its 50th anniversary. For the full announcement, click here. Want your announcement on Patch? Get started here.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Community effort part of school's "50 for 50" service campaign
In November, students lined up around Marshall Road Elementary School's muddy ballfields and began to run laps, dodging puddles and potholes on what they hoped would someday be a real community track. On Friday, thousands of miles (and dollars) later, the same students crunched through cool gray gravel as they took on their first Spring Sprint -- the inaugural run on a now completed track that earlier this year seemed far out of reach. The project is part of the school's year-long "50 For 50" initiative, an effort to complete 50 projects that give back to the community as a celebration of its the 50th year in Vienna. As of early April, students, teachers, parents and volunteers had crossed more than 30 projects off the list; nearly all 50 …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Students, teachers create permanent art for school's 50th anniversary
More than 70 sixth graders will graduate from Marshall Road Elementary School this summer — but this year, they've ingrained a part of themselves in the school that will last long after they walk out its doors for the last time. As part of the community's year-long "50 for 50" initative that honors the school's anniversary, the sixth graders, along with every teachers and student in kindergarten through fifth grade, spent weeks hand crafting clay tiles and buttons for a sweeping mosaic honoring the milestone. On Monday, they saw the work come to life in an official unveiling in the school's lobby. Parents Rita Monner and Dena Carter first approached the school's PTA about the idea this summer, said President Beth Eachus, as the group was …