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Educators share their perspectives on how to talk to children about racism

As our community and country struggle with the horrific death of Mr. George Floyd, many parents of children, teens and young adults are seeking concrete ways to talk, and act to heal the tremendous hurt and injustice done throughout American history. Four community educators, who teach college, elementary students and mentor young men are lending their voices and perspectives on how to be part of the solution. They include Dr. Michael Otaigbe, Roxanne Edwards, Liz Bush and Gil Knowles.

They jumped from business to teaching

These former business people agree they now are passionate about teaching. These Prince William County VA teachers got a boost from Educate VA, a career switcher program of Virginia's community colleges.

Competitions for young writers

Young writers may enter two competitions sponsored by the Virginia Writers Club. One offers a scholarship. The other offers cash prizes. High school seniors and home-schooled seniors compete for the scholarship, with entries due May 1. MIddle and high school students compete in the Golden Nib contest, with entries due Sept. 3.

PW schools art show to feature 10,000 student works

Art by students in grades K-12 will be on display at Hylton High School in Woodbridge VA on March 24. This will be the 42nd year for the art show.

Job fairs for teens looking for summer jobs

Teens ages 16-18 who are looking for summer jobs with Prince William County VA Schools and other similar employers should attend a job fair from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at Stonewall Jackson high School in Manassas or Tuesday, March 27 at Freedom High School in Woodbridge.

Tax $$ and PWC schools: What are the options?

How to ensure that Prince William County VA Schools maintain their "World Class" status will be the essence of a March 15 panel discussion hosted by Prince William Committee of 100 at Four Points by Sheraton in Manassas. A distinguished panel of elected officials will be moderated by former VA delegate David Brickley, patron of the legislation that made the PWC school board an elective body.

Think you’d like farming? Learn basic knowledge and skills in hands-on lab

Applications and essays are due this week for the Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program in Virginia This seven-month hands-on, online and in person course backed by the expertise of Virginia Tech and the VA Cooperative Extension Service is designed for people who think they want to farm. Get a down-to-earth picture of what farming involves so you can make an informed decision.

Military Dad in Afghanistan will run on St. Patrick’s Day for Special Olympics here

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Steven Bailey warms up for a run in Afghanistan, to support Special Olympics in our area on Saint Patrick’s Day. (Courtesy photo)
On Saturday, March 17, a Gainesville Middle School 5K Race and 1 mile Fun Run will raise funds to help start a Special Olympics group in western Prince William County VA. Steven Bailey, a mentor to the director for administration at the National Military Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. will be with his family in spirit during the school 's 5K Race and 1 mile Fun Run. “It’s a great opportunity to show support to both the Special Olympics and GVMS,” he said. “Given the time difference, pending weather and any security issues, I hope to run [in Afghanistan] the same day [as the event in Gainesville].”

False alarm at Neabsco school

Officials of Prince William County VA Public Schools say a faulty smoke detector alarm caused the evacuation of Neabsco Elementary School in Woodbridge VA earlier this afternoon. All are safe and have returned to school, according to Irene Cromer, spokesman for the school division.

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