Hoffman-Boston Fully Accredited

Arlington's Hoffman-Boston Elementary School has been added to the list of county schools fully accredited according to the 2007 state standards. The school's change in accreditation status is based on a state Department of Education review of student scores on the 2001-02 state Standards of Learning tests.

Preliminary tabulations by Arlington school officials in August indicated that nine more Arlington schools, including Hoffman-Boston and the Stratford Program, attained passing rates on the 2002 SOL tests required for full accreditation.

However, the state used a different tabulation process, which yielded different results -- Hoffman-Boston and Stratford, a special education program, had not met state accreditation criteria.

School system officials appealed the state's conclusions and asked that the scores and state tabulation process be reviewed. Arlington School Superintendent Robert G. Smith was notified recently that state review of the school's scores confirmed Hoffman-Boston's status as fully accredited.

The status of the Stratford Program remains under review.

Airport Workers Resource Center

A new 9/11 Airport Worker Resource Center has opened in Crystal City to help find jobs for unemployed and underemployed airport workers whose jobs were affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The center is supported by a grant from the September 11th Fund.

The center provides centralized assistance by service organizations and government agencies in the region. The center will help individuals find employment opportunities, education and training programs, financial assistance and other services. It is open at 1235 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Suite 1104, in Crystal City Gateway 1 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. An information office is in Room 286 of Terminal A, Reagan National Airport, and more information is available atwww.worconline.org/airportresourcecenter.asp.

An application and interview must be completed to determine eligibility. Applications are available at the center's office. Union members can obtain applications from peer counselors at their union.

The center is a joint project of the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, the Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Council, AFL-CIO; and Workforce Organizations for Regional Collaboration.

Hosts Needed for AIDS Fundraiser

Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry seeks dinner hosts for its spring Imagine 2003 gala.

On April 26, the group will hold its eighth annual Imagine gala, its signature fundraiser. Since 1996, Imagine has raised more than $500,000 to help people with AIDS in Northern Virginia. The theme for Imagine 2003 is "What About the Children?"

Imagine consists of dinner parties held in homes, churches or restaurants, followed by a silent auction, desserts, drinks and dancing at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria.

The ministry will provide invitations and party planning hints and guidelines. Hosts invite friends, families and neighbors.

The group will hold an orientation in March to provide hosts with information, give them an opportunity to meet other hosts and have questions answered.

After the gala, dinner hosts will be noted in appreciation advertising in the group's newsletter and other venues. Expenses incurred as a party host are tax-deductible.

To be a dinner party host or for more information, contact Kristy Snowden at 703-746-0440, Ext. 13, or KSnowden@novam.org.

Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry was founded in 1987 and works to prevent spread of HIV through targeted prevention education. The organization also offers services to people living with HIV/AIDS, including transportation, children's programs and emergency financial assistance. For more information, visit www.novam.org.

2003 Scholarships Available

The Arlington Community Foundation's 2003 Scholarship Program will award 75 scholarships totaling $135,000 to Arlington students. Amounts range from $500 to $5,000, and some are potentially renewable for a student's college years.

Applications are available at www.arlcf.org, from Arlington high school guidance offices or by calling the foundation office. One application makes a student eligible for all applicable scholarships.

The recommended deadline for submitting financial information for financial-need scholarships is on or as close to Feb. 1 as possible. The scholarship application deadline is March 3.

The scholarships are made possible by funds established by individuals, businesses, community organizations and the Arlington Community Foundation.

Five new scholarship funds have been established for 2003. The Altrusa International Scholarship is awarded to a student with financial need pursuing training or undergraduate credits in fields related to community or public service. The Arlington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is for high school seniors living in Arlington who have financial need, at least a 2.8 grade point average and student and community leadership.

In addition, the Arlington Women's Civic Alliance Scholarship is for a woman in financial need who lives in Arlington and is returning to school for an undergraduate degree or a vocational-technical certificate at least five years after graduating from high school or receiving a GED.

The Lillian Day School Spirit Scholarship is awarded to a Yorktown High School senior who has at least a 3.5 GPA and has fostered school spirit by participating Yorktown activities.

The Ernest A. and Virginia C. Karl Scholarship is for Washington-Lee High School seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA and financial need. One of the three scholarships is for a student who is or whose parent is a refugee or immigrant to the United States.

These funds will award scholarships again this year:

Arlington Achievers, Arlington American Legion Post No. 139, Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, R. Scott Bates Memorial, Ben Burdetsky Youth-in-Action, Elizabeth P. and Edmund D. Campbell/Verizon, Civic Federation 911, Community, Jerome Evenson, Guernsey Family, Kenneth M. Haggerty, D.D.S. Scholarship for the Study of Health Sciences, Hecht's, Virginia Hendrickson, Rose Bente Lee and Donn and Michael Marston.

Also, Charles M. and Elizabeth S. Munnecke, New Americans, Gail Nuckols Memorial, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Parekh, Randolph G. Peyton University of Virginia, Ralph Stone/Taylor Pride, Wakefield Goals and Yorktown High School.

For questions or an application, call the foundation at 703-243-4785 or visit the foundation Web site.