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September 25, 2017

Local production ‘A Will to Survive’ heads to the Kennedy Center

by Veronike Collazo, Loudoun Times-Mirror


In a county constantly working to tackle the problem of youth suicide and depression, Tom Sweitzer, executive director and co-founder of A Place to Be, hoped “A Will to Survive,” would have a far-reaching message. 

That has turned out to be true, and the musical will have an opportunity to reach an even greater audience later this fall at the Kennedy Center.

“A Will to Survive” toured multiple schools this past year and has been seen by 23,000 students so far. Sweitzer said Loudoun County Public Schools has been an important partner in spreading the message of acceptance and hope, along with the Claude Moore Foundation, Inova Loudoun Hospital and the Loudoun Education Foundation.
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September 29, 2017

Guilford Elementary School Garden Dedication

LEF Teacher Grant funds Outdoor Classroom and Raised Garden Beds


It’s not every ribbon cutting that starts with safety scissors, but a representative of each class at Guilford Elementary used a pair of green-handled safety scissors to officially open the school’s new outdoor classroom.

The outdoor classroom was celebrated in a special ceremony at Guilford on Friday, September 29th.  The foundation of the outdoor classroom is a raised garden bed for each grade level, thanks to a grant from the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF).  LEF President Wesley Clark was on hand for the ceremony, along with Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Chief of Staff Dr. Michael Richards and School Nutrition Services Director Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays.
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October 2, 2017

LEF Golf Classes Raises $110,000

Unanet Team Wins First Place, Second Place Goes to Belfort Furniture Team

The Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) Golf Classic raised a record $110,000 on Monday, October 2nd.

For the second straight year, the event was held at Creighton Farms. In a little more than a decade, the LEF Golf Classic has become the most successful charity golf event in Loudoun County.
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August 21, 2017

LCPS Codes to the Future

Infusing computer science into the daily curriculum at three Elementary Schools

Loudoun joins an elite group of school systems aiming to make coding students' second language. Teachers at Moorefield Station, Meadowland and Round Hill elementary schools are first in Virginia to be engaged in the "Code to the Future" Computer Science Immersion Program, made possible by a $5,000 donation to LEF from Unanet and $20,000 from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia/Chin Family Charitable Fund.

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June 15, 2017

An End-of-Year Miracle in the Lunch Line

By Danielle Nadler, Loudoun Now

The team that oversees the cafeterias in Loudoun’s public schools got some good news on the last day of school Friday. They could inform the students who owed money for unpaid breakfasts and lunches that their debt had been forgiven.

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June 7, 2017

‘Moving in the right direction:’ Old Ashburn Colored School receives historical marker

By Karen Graham, Special to the Times-Mirror

Loudoun County received its newest historical marker Tuesday as the result of a student-led effort to commemorate the Old Ashburn Colored Schoolhouse on Ashburn Road.

Farmwell Station school students in Anthony Dodson's seventh grade social studies class applied for the marker earlier this year with the support of a grant from the Loudoun Education Foundation and the Claude Moore Charitable Trust. The competitive and lengthy application process provided an educational experience for the class and taught them how to do in-depth research and use multiple sources.

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June 6, 2017

Freedom Team Wins Odyssey of the Mind Worlds

The Freedom High School Odyssey of the Mind team defeated 57 other teams to win the top prize in the Odyssey of the Mind World Championships.

The Loudoun students competed against teams from 38 states and several countries in Europe, Asia and Central and South America.

The teams thanked the support of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, which donated $10,000 to the Loudoun Education Foundation to help cover the cost for the students to travel to the Odyssey of the Mind world competition.

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March 29, 2017

International Summit Unites Youth for Global Change

By Danielle Nadler, Loudoun Now

When a few Dominion High School students were told by their teachers that they could change the world if they just put their mind to it, they believed them. So seven years ago, after they returned home from a trip to India, they set out to do just that.

The result was the creation of the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit. In its first year, in 2012, the event welcomed students from five countries, and it’s only grown from there. The sixth annual summit kicked off Monday with an opening ceremony that welcomed 97 students from 22 countries.

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March 23, 2017

LEF Receives Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Grant

 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded a total of $64,000 in Good Neighbor Grants to the Loudoun Education Foundation and Rock Ridge High School.

The Loudoun Education Foundation received $35,000 to support the launch of EDGE Plus, an 18-week afterschool program for 90 students in fourth and fifth grades who exhibit potential for high achievement. The program will be made available in three elementary schools serving low-income families and will focus on computer coding and digital literacy in the context of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). 

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March 10, 2017

‘Magic’ of School-Business Partnerships Celebrated

By Danielle Nadler, Loudoun Now

When National Conference Center was approached more than a year ago about taking on young adults with disabilities as interns, General Manager Geoff Lawson described it as “one of those easy, 10-second decisions.”

Now, nine recent Loudoun County graduates have become an integral part of the conference center’s team, working alongside its chefs, technical engineers, maintenance crew and others to learn hands-on job skills.

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March 6, 2017

Loudoun Foundation Aims to Cover Student Lunch Debt

Loudoun Now

The Loudoun Education Foundation has launched a fundraising effort to pay off debt accrued by students who eat school breakfast and lunch.

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March 6, 2017

Glimpse of Academies of Loudoun

Douglas Graham, Loudoun Now

Designers from Stantec Architecture had collaboration in mind when they designed the 315,000-square-foot building. It will include flexible and highly specialized labs, an interior amphitheater, and a dividable theater that can hold gatherings for everything from lectures to robotic competitions.

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January 17, 2017

Claude Moore, INOVA Loudoun Sponsor Same Sky Project for LCPS

40-plus teenagers living with diverse challenges perform original work thematically rooted in empathy, kindness, joy, and hope to raise awareness about differences

 

The topics of depression, suicide prevention and self-acceptance will take center stage in a new initiative by the Same Sky Project and LCPS. Thanks to a donation to LEF of more than $64,000 from Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and Inova Loudoun Hospital​, two touring theatrical productions--with an ensemble cast of 40-plus teens living with diverse challenges--will visit the county's middle and high schools over the next two years to address some tough issues for adolescents and teens.

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November 4, 2016

Farmwell Makes Its Mark(er) on History

"One to the World" Project funded with an LEF Teacher Grant Focuses on Sites in Loudoun County that were part of the Civil Rights Movement

 

Come next spring an underappreciated historic location in Loudoun County could have a state historical marker thanks to the efforts of seventh grade social science students at Farmwell Station Middle School.

Last year, social science teacher Jay Dodson received a $1,500 grant from the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) to conduct a One to the World project through which students would research a person, event or location associated with the civil rights movement in Loudoun County; write the wording for a Virginia Historical Highway Marker describing this person, event or place; apply to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to approve the marker; and, finally, have a marker erected.

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September 22, 2016

Education Foundation Golf Tournament Breaks Fundraising Record

Loudoun Now

 

The Loudoun Education Foundation raised a record $105,000 at its annual Golf Classic, which was held Monday at Creighton Farms Golf Club.

This is the first time Creighton Farms hosted the event.
Of the money raised, $40,000 will go directly to teacher classroom grants.

The Sorensen Gross Company team of Richard Sly Sr., Richard Sly Jr., Todd Demetriou and Bob Norton won the best-ball tournament with a score of 58. The 6,177-yard, Jack Nicklaus-designed course is a par 72.

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April 12, 2016

And the Winner is... Loudoun Valley High School STEM Club

LVHS Students Chosen as 1 of 3 Grand Prize Winners in Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow" Contest

 

Out of 4,100 applications to the Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow"competition, LVHS students were chosen as one of five national winners and have earned $120,000 in Samsung technology and $9,700 in Adobe software for their efforts.

The students are using Arduino microprocessors funded through an LEF Teacher Grant to design a wireless, solar-powered and weatherproof safety alert system for the W&OD Trail.

The club will be taking two representatives from the club to Washington D.C from April 26-28 to attend a kick off dinner, meet with Virginia Senators and Representatives and attend an award luncheon.

Please join us in congratulating teacher sponsors José Rodriguez and Erin Wissler and the following STEM Club members:

Gwen Eging
Morgan Freiberg
Summer Harvey
Riley Herr
Carter Hunt
Jackson Kennedy
Sean Lohr
Blake Messegee
Malcolm Miller
Ethan Rodriguez
Riley Schnee
Graeson Smith

March 28, 2016

Loudoun Robotics Team Gets Financial Boost from Claude Moore Foundation

By Danielle Nadler, Loudoun Now

 

Thanks to a hefty donation from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, two Loudoun County robotics teams have enough money to compete in the VEX World Championships in Louisville, KN, next month.

The Loudoun-based foundation will donate $12,000—$6,000 for each team—to cover the costs of students’ and robots’ transportation, as well as hotel stays and the $800 entry contest fee.

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March 8, 2016

Loudoun Valley students make national STEM competition finals

By Hannah Dellinger, Loudoun Times-Mirror

 

Loudoun Valley High School’s first STEM club recently created an inexpensive, solar-powered emergency alert system that is now one of 15 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

Given the large number of assaults and pedestrian and bicyclist accidents on the region's W&OD trail, the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) students wanted to create an inexpensive emergency alert system that could work without cellular service or a hardwired power supply. Their project, which uses radio frequencies, has already won the school $40,000 in Samsung technology, and if the students are selected in the contest’s top five, they could win $125,000 worth of computers, tablets and more.

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March 1, 2016

Loudoun Valley High School Students use STEM to Make a Difference in their Community, Named National Finalists in $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Use both hashtags #SamsungSolve and #SamsungSolveLVHS to vote on Twitter and Instagram for the LVHS STEM Club's project to build a solar-powered emergency alert system on the W&OD Trail

 

When teachers José Rodriguez and Erin Wissler asked the Loudoun Valley High Schoool STEM Club how to tap into their science, technology, engineering and math skills to make a difference in the community, the students came up with a great idea. They would use Arduino microprocessors funded with a Fall 2014 LEF Teacher Classroom Grant to build a self-contained, solar-powered emergency alert system along the local W&OD Trail. Little did they know, this idea would yield $40,000 in technology to date and earn them a place among the 15 national finalists in the Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

They advance to compete in front of a live audience and a panel of judges in New York City for one of the top five spots, including three National Winner Awards, an Ambassador Award and a Community Award. The public is also invited to vote on Twitter and Instagram with BOTH the hashtags #SamsungSolve and #SamsungSolveLVHS (once per day, per handle) now through March 31st.

Please join us in congratulating the Loudoun Valley STEM Club members:

Gwen Eging
Morgan Freiberg
Summer Harvey
Riley Herr
Jackson Kennedy
Sean Lohr
Blake Messegee
Malcolm Miller
Ethan Rodriguez
Riley Schnee
Graeson Smith

From the over 4,100 entries in the first round, the LVHS STEM Club was selected as the Virginia winner for their idea to create an Emergency Alert System for the W&OD Trail. The system consists of a network of nodes that can be placed along the trail. Each node is similar to the emergency call boxes found on college campuses, except that they are completely self-contained being both wireless and solar powered. This inexpensive design would allow them to be used not only along the W&OD Trail but on any remote trail where power is not available. The students are using the LEF-funded Arduinos to create and program the communication system required to send the emergency alert signal from node to node along the trail and finally relayed to the police.

Follow LEF on Twitter and like us on Facebook for updates.

January 19, 2016

LEF Grant for Arduino Microprocessors Yields $20K in STEM Technology

Loudoun Valley HS STEM Club's award-winning idea to build an Emergency Alert System for the W&OD Trail puts them in national spotlight
 

When LCPS math teacher José Rodriguez won a $500 Loudoun Education Foudation Teacher Grant in the Fall of 2014, he had no idea how far his "Code Into Action!" project using Arduino microprocessors would go. What started as a supplement to the Computer Math curriculum has launched the Loudoun Valley HS STEM Club into the national spotlight as they compete against 50 other state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

From the over 4,100 entries in the first round, the LVHS STEM Club was selected as the Virginia winner for their idea to create an Emergency Alert System for the W&OD Trail. The system consists of a network of nodes that can be placed along the trail. Each node is similar to the emergency call boxes found on college campuses, except that they are completely self-contained being both wireless and solar powered. This inexpensive design would allow them to be used not only along the W&OD Trail but on any remote trail where power is not available. The students are using the LEF-funded Arduinos to create and program the communication system required to send the emergency alert signal from node to node along the trail and finally relayed to the police.

So far, the club has won $20,000 in Samsung Technology for STEM education at LVHS! The Trustees of the Loudoun Education Foundation are excited to hear that the grant continues to bear fruit, educationally and financially. We wish the LVHS Stem Club, José Rodriguez and LVHS physics teacher Erin Wissler the best of luck as they create a video showcasing their solution to the challenge. If selected, the club will compete against 15 other national finalists online for public voting. Follow LEF on Twitter and like us on Facebook for updates!

January 7, 2016

Claude Moore Foundation pledges more than $1 million in grants to Loudoun groups

by Trevor Baratko, Loudoun Times-Mirror
 


Officials with the prestigious Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, founded by the late Loudoun resident, Dr. Claude Moore, have announced more than $1 million in charitable grants to Loudoun-based organizations for 2016, including $282,000 to the Loudoun Education Foundation.

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December 8, 2015

LEF's "Best of 2015" List


It was a great year for the Loudoun Education Foundation and its supporters. Together we raised over $80,000 at the Annual Golf Classic, Awarded over $40,000 in classroom grants and recognized hundreds of students and teachers for their hard work. Here's a look at our top 10 proudest moments this year!

LEF's Top 10 Moments of 2015
October 30, 2015

Loudoun Impact Fund Grants Announced

Leesburg Today
 


LEF received a $7,500 Loudoun Impact Grant from the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties to help grow its Backpack Coalition program, which provides weekend food for students in need. The program will gain a part-time program assistant to help with food deliveries from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, coordinate volunteers, and deliver food to LCPS schools.

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September 14, 2015

Claude Moore Foundation Strokes Big Check For Fine Arts Education

By Danielle Nadler, Leesburg Today


The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation gave $50,000 to the Loudoun Education Foundation to support fine arts programs throughout Loudoun County Public Schools.

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August 28, 2015

Loudoun students work to extinguish Lyme disease worldwide

By Kate Murphy, Loudoun Times-Mirror


The Loudoun Education Foundation is proud to support the Rock Ridge High School International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition Team. The 23-student team will enter their work to create a living vaccine agains Lyme Disease in the MIT-sponsored competition Sept. 24-28 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

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December 22, 2014

Robo Loco Going to St. Louis



CEO’s to average Joes got together to send the Robo Loco robotics team to the FIRST World Championships from April 22nd through 25th in St. Louis.

This announcement was made Friday during a press conference at Telos in Ashburn. John Wood, Telos’ CEO, was instrumental in rallying the business community behind Robo Loco after the team’s robot and laptops were stolen April 4th following the FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountains Regional in Knoxville, Tenn. (Robo Loco finished second there to advance to Worlds.)

While the team began readying its backup robot to compete in St. Louis, the business community, including the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, began raising the $15,000 necessary to get Robo Loco to Worlds.

Funding was channeled through the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) beginning Tuesday night. On Friday, LEF’s executive director, Dawn Meyer, related just how overwhelming the response had been.

“By Wednesday morning, the Foundation raised $900 and word started to spread about the team. We were receiving donations that ranged from $5 to $1,000. Donations came from individuals, families and businesses.

“By Thursday morning, we had raised $6,642 and by noon we had raised a little over $8,000. The support from the Loudoun community was amazing.

“And then, I received a phone call from BAE Systems. They heard what happened to the students and wanted to help. I shared that we had roughly $8,000 raised so far. And they said they would see what they could do.

And BAE Systems really did help.

“The next phone call from them was telling me that BAE Systems was going to help the Robo Loco team and help the Foundation get to $15,000 by giving us $7,000.

“In less than 48 hours, thanks to the generosity of this wonderful community, we had raised the money.”

BAE Systems Vice President for Communications Lisa Hillary-Tee said her co-workers were deeply moved by Robo Loco’s plight. BAE Systems sponsors FIRST teams in other jurisdictions and decided Robo Loco was worthy of its support. (Hillary-Tee also is a Loudoun County Public Schools parent.)

Orbital ATK put up the $5,000 entry fee for the World competition. Orbital ATK Senior Director of Engineering Operations Sally Richardson said she was especially pleased to see the number of young women who are a part Robo Loco. She also noted that the kind of adversity Robo Loco is facing is what engineers face in the real world and – despite their setback – this was an invaluable learning experience. (With the help of other FIRST teams, Robo Loco expects to have their backup robot ready to compete during the weekend.)

Robo Loco is comprised of students from the Loudoun Academy of Science and Monroe Technology Center. In only its second year of existence, Robo Loco will be one of the smallest teams competing in St. Louis (their competition has teams of 100 students and more).

The members of Robo Loco are:

Mary Zell Galen (president)
Daniel Pham
Dustin Moretz
Jacob Hughes (engineering lead/drive team)
Jason Jenkins
Jeevna Prakash
Jennifer Fuhrer
John Kuempel
Joseph Chang
Joshua Burnell
Ronak Shah
Shreyas Gatuku
Spencer Hong
Raj Shrimali
Dr. Mike Tomlinson (coach)
Rick Sarr (coach)

Major sponsors who stepped up to help the team make the trip to St. Louis include:

• BAE Systems
• Orbital ATK
• Telos
• Loudoun Chamber of Commerce
• Tennessee FIRST (host for the Smoky Mountains Regional), which donated more than $1,000.
• B3 Holdings, LLC
• SySTEMic Solutions, which donated laptops to Robo Loco
• Bank of Clarke County
• The Galen Group
• Janelia Farm Research Campus (HHMI)
• Washington Redskins, which donated gifts to the team
• LCPS Science Supervisor Odette Scovel
• LEF President Wade Tetsuka
• The Boeing Company
• Securicon
• The PTR Group
• Rackspace
• Blue Lion Multimedia
• The Antique Market

December 22, 2014

Foundation Grants Spur Classroom Activity

By Maura Mazurowski for Leesburg Today


Twice a year, public school teachers across the county are asked by the Loudoun Education Foundation to describe their dream classroom lesson, the one they would love to teach if they only had the cash to make it happen.

Since its inception in 1991, the foundation has funneled more than $1.5 million into Loudoun public school classrooms to give teachers the funding to make some of their most out-of-the-box lessons possible. Just last week, the foundation awarded 34 grants—most of them about $500—to teachers in 24 schools. The recipients were chosen from a record 130 applications.

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September 29, 2014

Golf Classic Raises $70K for Loudoun Schools

Leesburg Today


Thanks to the support of the Northern Virginia business community, the LEF Annual Golf Classic raised $70,000 to support our efforts to improve the quality of Loudoun County Public Schools. Over 70 players competed at 1757 Golf Club on September 22nd. LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams gave the keynote address at dinner, saying LEF's grant program and recognition events for students and teachers celebrate and enhance what is best about LCPS schools.

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June 24, 2014

Superintendent Hatrick Honored As ‘Uncommon Common Man’


By Danielle Nadler, Leesburg Today

Even at 9:30 p.m. on a Friday, Edgar B. Hatrick III couldn’t help but teach.

Standing in a sprawling ballroom with some of the commonwealth’s most influential individuals at his retirement dinner, the 23-year superintendent and former high school English teacher launched into a metaphor. read more

April 8, 2013

$57,000 FROM LEF GOES TO 10 LCPS MIDDLE SCHOOLS


Through the combined efforts of the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) and Loudoun County resident Hugh McKee, 10 Loudoun County middle schools will receive from $1,000 to $10,000 in grant money to support interdisciplinary projects. These grants were made possible through a donation to the Loudoun Education Foundation from McKee.

In making the donation, McKee said he appreciates the work that teachers do every day in the classroom. “I am pleased to be able to help the students and teachers at the Loudoun County middle schools. I admire the dedication and hard work of the teachers. I hope this donation helps them in their endeavor to teach creatively and across different subject areas.”

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December 3, 2012

30th Annual Banquet Celebrates Loudoun's Top Students

Leesburg Today


The hard work and achievements of 236 of Loudoun County’s brightest high school seniors were celebrated at the 30th annual Excellence in Education Banquet Sunday. Dressed in their best attire, the students flooded the banquet hall at National Conference Center, accompanied by their parents and their teachers who they feel helped to inspire their success.

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September 20, 2012

Loudoun Education Foundation Golf Classic Raises More than $80,000

Loudoun Daily Monitor


The Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) raised more than $80,000 at its signature event, the LEF Golf Classic on Monday, September 17th, at 1757 Golf Club. 21 foursomes took part in the annual event, accompanied by four members of the Washington Redskins Alumni: Mike Bragg, Pat Fischer, Clarence Vaughn and Ron Saul.

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July 27, 2012

Claude Moore scholarship winners

Loudoun Times

The Loudoun Education Foundation has announced five winners of the 2012 Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Teacher Endorsement scholarships. The scholarships go to current Loudoun County Public School teachers who have worked within LCPS for two years and are seeking endorsements in critical teaching areas.

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May 18, 2012

LEF HONORS TOP TEACHERS

Loudoun County Public Schools

The Loudoun Education Foundation has announced five winners of the 2012 Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Teacher Endorsement scholarships. The scholarships go to current Loudoun County Public School teachers who have worked within LCPS for two years and are seeking endorsements in critical teaching areas.

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February 4, 2012

Grants For LCPS Schools Boost Multicultural Education

Leesburg Today

Through a Multicultural Education Grant from Loudoun Interfaith Bridges, the Loudoun Education Foundation awarded more than $8,000 this week to eleven public schools in Loudoun County supporting projects that provide multicultural education.

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