Investing in early care and education is an investment in our community’s future. ACT, the Alexandria Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, and the Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation are partnering to educate and engage the community about the importance of early childhood services for children 0-5. This group is pleased to convene a panel of experts from Virginia and around the country for IMPACT: Early Care & Education - a stimulating and thought-provoking discussion around innovative, systems-based approaches to improving the access to and the quality of early care and education services in our City. Joan Lombardi, Senior Advisor of the Buffet Early Childhood Fund will moderate the discussion featuring distinguished speakers from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, National League of Cities Institute for Youth Education and Families, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.
If you are interested in participating in this conversation, please join us on Tuesday, June 25th from 10am to 2pm at First Baptist Church in Alexandria. Registration is free (Iunch is provided), please register online atwww.impact2013ece.eventbrite.com.
Mark your calendars now and rediscover the fun side of living and working in one of America’s oldest and most picturesque historic destinations! For our Sixth Annual Legacy of Giving Gala, we will return to the United States Patent and Trademark Office with a “hometown tourist” theme. The dress? Travel attire, of course.
While a number of individuals have been instrumental to me in my life and in my career pursuits, initial credit for mentorship has to go to James Wilson. Dr. Wilson presently serves as principal of the T. C. Williams Satellite Program but my first year of teaching in 1969 found me paired with Jim as a team teacher at Parker Gray Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia. Still believing I learned more my first few months on the job than I ever learned about teaching at college, I can’t stress strongly enough the role Jim played in mentoring me through that difficult first year. He had a wealth of experience compared to me (one year of teaching in southwest Virginia) but brought a wealth of knowledge and knowhow about working with kids. Had it not been for James Wilson, there is a strong possibility I may not have stayed in education and been able to touch the lives of the many kids I was fortunate enough to work with during my forty years in the Alexandria City Public Schools. Thank you James Wilson for ALL you did for me and continue to do for others.
This Mother's Day fibre space is offering a unique activity. Bring a mother, daughter, son, aunt or friend to fibre space™ on May 13th anytime between noon and 4 pm to learn to knit and help support ACT for Alexandria. For a contribution of $20, our staff will get you started on a new scarf project.
Someone told me 20 years ago that if you want something done, ask a busy person. No one, I’ve decided, is busier than a nonprofit executive director, and this posting is a shout-out to them by way of my whining about how much work they have asked me to do.
An ACT for Alexandria initiative and sponsored by the Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation, the City of Alexandria, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, ACTion Alexandria marks an exciting stage in a project more than a year in the making. ACTion Alexandria brings together neighbors and local nonprofit organizations to exchange ideas, coordinate efforts, and solve problems in our community.