Stacey Lewis, an art teacher at Glebe Elementary School in Arlington, is the recipient of this year's Mary Shand Rule Award.

The award, named after the late Arlington public schools art teacher, is sponsored by the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia. It honors excellence in art education.

Lewis was recognized for organizing the creation of "The Big Picture," a mural composed of 2,700 hand-glazed tiles. The mural will be displayed in the newly renovated Glebe Elementary School building in January.

As part of National Disability Awareness Month, Arlington's Disability Advisory Commission has recognized four organizations for their commitment to making their facilities accessible.

Faith Lutheran Church, Marymount University, Mister Days Restaurant and the Whole Foods Market in Clarendon are the recipients of the All-Access Business Accessibility Awards.

The award honors organizations that have made strides in providing accessible facilities for the disabled.

Faith Lutheran Church has renovated its 50-year-old building with accessible bathrooms and wheelchair ramps. Marymount University has made various improvements throughout its campus. Mister Days has hired many individuals with mental illness. Whole Foods has lowered produce-bag dispensers.

Longwood University in Farmville, Va., recently named its library after Arlington resident Janet Greenwood. Greenwood served as the school's president from 1981 to 1987. She was the first female president of the university, which was founded in 1839.

T.C. Williams High School senior Andrea Pineda has been named a scholar by the College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program. Pineda is one of 3,400 students selected as scholars or honorable mention finalists from a field of 140,000 qualifying applicants. To be considered, students must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and reach their region's minimum PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test score.

Rahel Biru, also a senior at T.C. Williams, is a semifinalist in the 2005 National Achievement Scholarship Program. The competition is open to African American high school students who excel on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Biru is one of 1,600 semifinalists in a field of 120,000 students who entered the competition.

Biru has the opportunity to continue in the competition for Achievement Scholarship awards. To become a finalist, Biru must have an outstanding high school academic record, be endorsed and recommended by her school principal, submit SAT scores that confirm earlier qualifying test performance and complete an essay and application.

Every finalist is considered for one of 700 National Achievement scholarships worth $2,500. Business organizations will offer approximately 100 corporate-sponsored scholarships for finalists who meet specific criteria.

America Online awarded Alexandria's Francis C. Hammond Middle School a $10,000 AOL Aspirations Fund grant. The grant was one of 11 that AOL gave to middle and high schools throughout the Washington area.

Hammond will use the money toward funding its Boys in Literacy Initiative, a program that encourages boys to read.

Lawrence Jointer and Karen Parker Thompson received community service awards from the NAACP. Jointer and Parker Thompson, employees of Alexandria public schools, were recognized for their commitment to children and families in Alexandria.

Jointer, director of pupil services, was honored for his contributions to the Saturday School, Interim Education and Young Stars Success programs.

Parker Thompson, family involvement and community resources coordinator, was recognized for organizing volunteer and outreach activities in the community.

-- Compiled by MIYA WISEMAN

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