Fighting Bullying, Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Green Workshops, and More: This Week’s Latest ACTion

  • Virginia State Dels. Adam Ebbin and David Englin have introduced anti-bullying bills that would make bullying in school a crime, and give schools more tools to protect victims of bullying. According to Ebbin, “No student in Virginia should be afraid to attend school.” However, opponents argue that bullying is a matter that should be handled by parents or school administrators. What do you think? You can watch WTVR’s video coverage of the anti-bullying legislation here.
  • On Saturday February 5th, the first of six workshops focusing on how Alexandria’s citizens can make the City even more eco-friendly, will be held at City Hall. If interested in attending, please RSVP by e-mail to Erica.Bannerman@alexandriava.gov. For info on the workshop series, visit http://alexandriava.gov/Eco-City.
  • On a similar note, check out Councilman Krupicka’s latest blog entry detailing The City’s top ten “environmental accomplishments” in 2010!
  • This Saturday, the City of Alexandria hosts the 38th Annual Citywide Tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The tribute will begin at 7:30 PM at Shiloh Baptist Church. The Mayor is expected to attend, along with guest speaker Rev. Donald R. Kelly. For details, visit the Church’s website. For a full list of City events, visit the Recreation Parks & Cultural Activities calendar of events,
  • Are you a Civil War buff? Alexandria will host a number of events this year to commemorate the the 150th anniversary.  First on the calendar is a Civil War Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern on January 29th from 8 to 11 PM.  All guests will be expected to wear period attire.  To learn more, read Rachel’s Washington, DC Blog.

Volunteers Needed for Ruby Tucker Center Read-Aloud Program

Do you enjoy reading? Ever wanted to help out in the community but think you don’t have the time? Here’s an opportunity that may be perfect for you! In February, The Reading Connection (TRC), a non-profit literacy advocate, is partnering with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) in order to bring the new Read-Aloud Program to the Ruby Tucker Center.

What is Read-Aloud?

The program, designed to motivate Alexandria’s underprivileged children to read, will give you the chance to really make a difference.  For just 1 hour every month, you can help spur a joy and excitement that will last a lifetime, simply by reading aloud! And at the end of each session, the kids who’ve listened to you can go home with a book of their own- to learn, let their imaginations wander and start them on the path toward their dreams.

Where Do I Sign Up?

If you or people you know would like to get involved and can make a commitment to the program, simply visit TRC’s website to apply online or contact Stephanie Berman at (703) 528-8317 ext.10.  You can also send her an e-mail at sberman@thereadingconnection.org.

Can I Donate?

Yes! The Reading Center also appreciates monetary donations for books and other supplies.  Your donation will also help to keep the center running.  There is no recommended amount.  Give whatever you can afford.  Donations can be from you personally or can be made in tribute to a loved one.  Just go to TRC’s website and click “Donate Now.”

Where is the Ruby Tucker Center?

The Ruby Tucker Center is located near the intersection of North Fairfax and Princess Streets in Old Town Alexandria.

Please show your support for this great cause and support Alexandria’s children! Your life will be changed because you will be changing a life.