Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Elementary school undergoes landscaping makeover

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Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring has a new look thanks to the ‘‘Founders Day” event held June 20 by Brickman, a Gaithersburg-based landscaping company.

Each year as part of a community outreach project, Brickman chooses a site that is in need of landscape improvements. Members of the company’s Gaithersburg corporate office worked with a landscape crew to prepare flower beds and mulching materials around the school.

‘‘We’re not landscapers, we’re accountants, so not only is it a chance to give back to the community, but it’s also a chance to build our team,” Brickman communications manager Margie Holly said.

The most significant addition was a new garden in front of the school that will be dedicated to former principal Jody Leleck in the fall.

‘‘They really did it right... it will be a real focal point when you come in the building,” said assistant principal Luis San Sebastian. ‘‘We’re thrilled. One of the things that we’ve been trying to do all year is create a positive image of the school.”

Silver Spring student gets community service award

Jordan P. Hall, a Silver Spring resident and a student at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C., has received The Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Achievement Award for superior citizenship and achievement, according to a news release from the Hamilton Friends Association.

As one of 50 national recipients judged by their community service achievements, Hall will receive a cash award, a copy of the biography, Alexander Hamilton, autographed by its author Ron Chernow, and a celebratory proclamation signed by Doug Hamilton, the fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton.

Hall is a reading tutor to fourth- and seventh-graders at For Love of Children in the District and helped organize a school trip to South Africa where students helped distribute aid to children orphaned by HIV⁄AIDS, according to the release.

Blake student receivescollege scholarship

Gregory Jaeger, a Silver Spring resident and 2008 graduate of James Hubert Blake High School, was awarded an Academic Honor Scholarship to Frostburg State University in Frostburg. Jaeger will attend Frostburg in the fall.

Blair studentreceives scholarship

Vanessa Hoy from Takoma Park was one of 30 students nationwide to be awarded an AFS 2008 Arabic Summer Language Institute Scholarship, according to a news release from AFS Intercultural Programs.

The program awards full scholarships for a six-week Arabic language study program this summer in Cairo, Egypt. Hoy will also get an opportunity to visit historical sites and learn about Egyptian culture by living with a host family.

Springbrook student wins global community award

Springbrook High School student Eirene Wany was one of 12 high school sophomores and juniors from the U.S. and Canada to win the EF Educational Tour Global Citizen Award, according to a news release from EF Educational Tours.

The award encourages students to think about their roles in local and global communities. Besides being nominated for the award by the school, Wany wrote an essay about her experience as an exchange student in Argentina and her host mother, Ana.

Wany and the other award winners will take part in an 11-day, expenses paid EF educational Tour to Europe which includes stops in Switzerland, France and Italy.

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