Here we are again nearing the end of summer vacation, a time to dig out the backpack, buy new pencils and a fearsome graphing calculator, and make sure you’re caught up on your education news.

1. Three public Montgomery County elementary schools serving low-income students are getting free fruits and vegetables this coming school year.
2. Two rising sophomores at Col. Zadok Magruder High School have constructed an after-school program to encourage more girls to study engineering.
3. The Rockville Science Center has found a temporary office home at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.
4. Don’t miss the stories in this week’s school sports package “Non-Level Playing Field”: one story focuses on privately-funded projects, another compares Mongtomery County’s and Prince George’s County’s athletics funding, a third looks at schools’ ongoing challenge of finding practice space, a fourth story examines renting high school athletic facilities, another delves into maintaining schools’ fields, and another highlights investments in football equipment. (You may want to set aside an afternoon for these.)
5. The Washington Post reported that the county school system will see a significant increase in its student population this upcoming school year.
6. Sam Pinczuk, a Montgomery Blair High School student, spent two weeks in Ghana teaching photography to orphans with HIV.
7. Jean Bone retired in June after teaching math for 50 years in the county school system.
8. The Olney Investment Club, which included both adult and teen members, learned about investing by diving into the stock market.

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