Spring2Action Nets $100K+, Bike to Work Day Draws 11,000, 24,000 Books Donated to ACPS and More: This Week's Latest ACTion

Tags: Education, Neighborhoods, ACPS, bike to work day video, book donation, Duffy Books in Homes USA, National Missing Kids Day, spring2action
  • Alexandria's citizens should be proud! During the Spring2Action online fundraiser from May 5th to 7th, the $100,000 goal was surpassed with donations of more than $104,000! All of the money raised will support Alexandria's many nonprofit organizations and the people who rely on them.
  • Check out this neat video, courtesy of Greater Greater Washington blogger Matt Johnson and cameraman Jay Mallin, of this past Friday's Bike to Work Day! The video features comments from a number of participants.  The event itself was organized to promote both physical fitness and environmental awareness. Hope you will join in the ride next year!
  • Also last Friday...during a ceremony at Jefferson-Houston, Duffy Books in Homes USA donated 24,000 books to Alexandria City Public Schools, with help from an 18-wheel tractor trailer.  The books will be distributed among all ACPS schools whose staff will place them with students, in classrooms, or in libraries.  Mayor Euelle attended the ceremony and in remarks, stressed the importance of reading and language. 
  • It is estimated that every day, 2,000 children go missing in the U.S.-that's 800,000 a year.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children wants to remind us that National Missing Kids Day is Wednesday, May 25th.  Analyzing cases of attempted abductions, the NCMEC found that 82% of the time, kids avoided being harmed by kicking, yelling or screaming. On Wednesday, the nonprofit organization urges parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their kids about staying safe and what to do in case of danger.

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