Parking, Parks, Learning Gardens and More: This Week's Latest ACTion

Tags: Education, ACPS, alexandria city, Care for Kids, Children & Families, children's national medical center, Councilman Krupicka, Eureka Pac, Events, farmers market, Four Mile Run, schools

  • Councilman Rob Krupicka will host the first annual Eureka Pac reception on November 4th.  Eureka Pac was founded by Krupicka to help improve the education of Alexandria's children.  Though he will not seek re-election when his term ends in 2012, Krupicka will remain committed to his mission of ensuring that area students are given the education they deserve.
  • Children's National Medical Center will once again sponsor the Care for Kids program.  From October 22nd to October 31st, over 500 DC-area retailers will give shoppers 20% off all regularly priced goods.  To receive the discount, shoppers must purchase a "Care for Kids" card through selected merchants or via the web.  Making a purchase with the card, you can donate $50 or more and will earn the 20% discount.  Over the years, the "Care for Kids" program has donated an excess of one million dollars to Children's National thanks to your donations. Local retailers taking part include St. Elmos Coffee Pub in Del Ray and Red Barn Mercantile in Old Town.
  • To meet its goal of becoming environmentally friendly, Alexandria City Public Schools has been hard at work on many projects over the last year.  These include designing a "green" roof for Cora Kelly Elementary School, replacing polystyrene food trays with compostable paper trays, and "Learning Gardens" at 13 schools so that students can learn about the importance of habitats and how to care for them.  These activities, as well as many others, are part of Alexandria's Eco-City Charter and Action Plan, which aims to educate citizens on environmental awareness.
  • Thursday night a joint meeting was held in the Lyceum between the West Old Town Citizens Association and the Old Town Civic Association to discuss bus rapid transit on Patrick and Henry Streets.   In the past, many residents have been against BRT service because the original proposal showed that parking would be taken away if bus routes were created.  Vice Mayor Kerry Donley was in attendance, as he supports taxing businesses on each potential route to lessen the cost of service. Read more at The Parker-Gray Growler .
  • The Arlandrian has been covering the new plan to expand Four Mile Run.  With little money for the project, a few architects donated their time and expertise. Volunteers have contributed mightily to restoring the site, purchased by the City with open space funds years ago.  Project meetings are held weekly at the Four Mile Run Farmers Market.

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