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Thursday, April 7, 2005; Page VA05

Five Honored for Advocacy

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia and the Allies in Prevention Coalition honored five Northern Virginia residents at the third annual Allies in Prevention Awards luncheon last week.

"Child abuse and neglect are very real issues for some of our children in Northern Virginia," SCAN Executive Director Diane Charles said in a press release. "This year's winners are excellent examples of people going above and beyond in their efforts to prevent abuse and neglect and protect the children of Northern Virginia."


ROBERT G. SMITH

This year's winners are: Grace Lawson, a volunteer in Alexandria with Volunteer Emergency Families for Children; Shirley Jones, a parent educator and therapist with the Arlington Department of Human Services; Debra Hackney-Birney, a human services coordinator with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services; John W. White, assistant county attorney in Loudoun County; and Cynthia Suarez, senior worker on the prevention team for Prince William County.

The Allies in Prevention luncheon helps kick off National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April and starts the annual Blue Ribbon Campaign, an effort to spread the word about child abuse and neglect in the community, using blue ribbons as a symbol of prevention. This year's theme, "Do 1 Thing!" focuses on the power of each person to take simple actions that can help prevent abuse and neglect. Coalition members include leaders from Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Loudoun and Prince William.

Award Nominees Sought

The Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2005 Service to the Community award.

The annual program recognizes an outstanding resident, group, club, organization or corporation for providing valuable service to the community related to recreation, park or cultural needs. Nominations for the award must be submitted by June 1 and can be hand-delivered or mailed to: Chair, Park and Recreation Commission; Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities; 1108 Jefferson St.; Alexandria, Va. 22314; or faxed to 703-838-6344.

Nominees must be volunteers who have contributed time, talent or resources in an exemplary fashion.

For more information or to obtain a nomination form, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703-838-4842.

Tsunami Relief Drive Starts

Alexandria is hosting a campaign to raise money for the South Asian countries affected by the December tsunami.

The Alexandria City Council authorized the two-month fundraising effort, ending April 30, with donations to be dedicated to supporting the work of Shelter for Life (SFL), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The city's goal is to raise $20,000.

Funds contributed to SFL from this initiative may be used for temporary shelters (each estimated to cost $400), permanent housing (each estimated to cost $1,500), or delivery of water and emergency kits to affected families.

Shelter for Life (www.shelter.org) specializes in emergency and permanent housing for refugees and disaster victims. The agency works with the United Nations and the U.S. State Department and is registered as a private voluntary organization with USAID.

Tax-deductible donations may be made online by eChecks at www.alexandriava.gov or by mailing a check payable to "City of Alexandria-Tsunami Relief Project," to the Department of Finance, 301 King St., Room 1600, Alexandria, Va. 22314.

Smith Is Region's Winner

Arlington School Superintendent Robert G. Smith was named the 2005 Superintendent of the Year for Region IV.


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