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CUA Kicks off Second Solar Design Competition

CUA Kicks off Second Solar Design Competition

 

From Catholic University: “How many people here want to win $3,000?” Brian Alexander, director of utilities and energy management, asked a group of students earlier this month before presenting them with a challenge to help contribute to the University’s sustainability efforts.

The students all raised their hands.

5 Tips for Packing Lunch-on-the-Run Healthier

5 Tips for Packing Lunch-on-the-Run Healthier

School lunches are in the headlines quite a bit, these days. Most people are calling for the school lunch program to clean up its act and start feeding the nation’s children healthier fare. Truth be told, many people who brown bag it could stand to make their lunch healthier, as well. Whether packing lunches for school or work, there are ways to make them healthier.

“Sure, it’s easy to grab some junk food, throw it in a bag and call it lunch,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Problem is, if you do that repeatedly, there will likely be some negative health consequences, over time. Making healthier lunches may require a tad more time and thought, but in the end it will keep you feeling better.”

Here are five tips for helping to make lunch-on-the-go healthier:

Celebrating Black History: Xi Zeta Omega showcases DC area student talent

Celebrating Black History:  Xi Zeta Omega showcases DC area student talent

Washington, DC-- February 19, 2012. It was a cold Sunday morning with snow on the horizon on the Howard University campus but inside there was a glow of positive youthful energy and talent thanks to the Xi Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 2012 Black History Youth Oratorical and Arts Contest.

The annual contest competition is designed to encourage DC area students to celebrate and embrace the contributions of African-Americans, past and present. Participants learned about the efforts of African-Americans and also had an opportunity to display their oratory and artistic talents in the categories of visual arts, music, the written word, and public speaking.

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

February is known as Heart Month in American, and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Each day, across the country, roughly 2,200 people that die from the disease. It’s also the leading cause of disability across the country, preventing people from working and living their lives as they would like to. With this in mind, it’s a good time to pay attention even to the little things that can either help or hurt the heart.

“Snacks may seem like trivial things, overall,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “But if you think about it in terms of a year, you will end up eating around 400 to 750 snacks per year, if you have one or two per day. That really adds up and can make a big difference in your heart health.”

DC Public Schools Launches Teacher Application Process for 2012-2013 School Year

DC Public Schools Launches Teacher Application Process for 2012-2013 School Year

 

From Melissa Salmanowitz: The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is assembling the smartest, most innovative and best paid teacher force in America, and applicants from across the country can now begin competing for spots in this highly selective teacher pool.

 

DC Public Charter School Board Receives 11 Charter School Applications

DC Public Charter School Board Receives 11 Charter School Applications

 

From Audrey Williams:

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) accepted 11 applications to open new public charter schools by the February 1st deadline.  The charter schools, if approved, would open in fall 2013.

 

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

The following information was sent to us by Brie Hall:

 

Dozens of events have been planned by schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 6, 2012. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of Catholic schools through Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large. The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 98 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 30,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.