Outstanding Teacher Awards, Hybrid Buses and Trolleys and Helping Alexandrians: This Week's Latest ACTion

Tags: Education, Environment, ACPS, ahra, hybrid busses, hybrid trolleys, outstanding teacher awards, shanelle gayden
  • Alexandria Parents: The Del Ray Patch reports that you can now nominate your child's teacher for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards, in the ACPS category.  Teachers with five years of experience and three years with ACPS are eligible.  Nominations must be received by Friday, January 13th! 
  • Last Thursday City Officials showcased two of its fleet of hybrid buses and trolleys, which will serve citizens beginning in April of next year.  It is said that the new vehicles are designed to consume less fuel and are easier to maintain than the traditional buses and trolleys currently in use.  A prominent feature of the newer vehicles is a wider body constructed, in part, to accommodate wheelchair users.  For more details, read Drew Hansen's fantastic article!  
  • Read this inspiring profile of Shanelle Gayden-a former schoolteacher turned Planning Assistant for the Strategic Plan of Alexandria, an integral part of the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority.  In her work, Gayden aids residents displaced by construction in public housing areas.  Besides her day job, she is also the founder of three businesses which support inner city children and their families.  Gayden believes and stresses to others that "there are a lot of opportunities if you really want to do better for yourself."

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