Underage Drinking

To Be Topic of Forum

A 90-minute town-hall-style program about underage drinking will be held Sept. 27 at the Harris Theater at George Mason University. All public and private school systems in Northern Virginia have been invited.

The 7:30 p.m. program is sponsored by the county school system and GMU. It is designed for high school students and their parents, as well as school faculty members and administrators, and it will focus on prevention strategies. The discussion will cover the consequences of underage drinking, including legal ramifications and physical effects on the brain.

Based on a recent public television program, "America Drinks," the event will be moderated by Frank Sesno, GMU professor of public policy and communication and a CNN special correspondent.

Segments of "America Drinks" will be shown during the forum, and a panel that includes students -- some of whom are recovering alcoholics -- and a judge, a doctor and a researcher will participate in an open dialogue and question-and-answer session.

GMU is at 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Those attending are asked to park in Lot K, off Braddock Road. For information, call 703-876-5281 or send an e-mail to clarence.jones@fcps.edu.

Leaders Named for Group

Advocating School Bond

The Fairfax County School Board has appointed the district chairmen of a citizens committee that will push for voter approval of a $246.3 million school bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The chairman of the Fairfax County Citizens for the 2005 School Bond Committee is F. Kevin Reynolds, president of Cardinal Bank.

The chairmen, listed with the respective School Board members from their districts, are: Christine Debolt and Tessie Wilson, Braddock District; Wilma Bowers and Jane K. Strauss, Dranesville District; Ridge Loux and Stuart D. Gibson, Hunter Mill District; Brian Murray and Brad Center, Lee District; Norma Jean Young and Kaye Kory, Mason District; John Fedorshik and Daniel G. Storck, Mount Vernon District; Faye Henris and Phillip A. Niedzielski-Eichner, Providence District; Jennifer Heinz and Catherine A. Belter, Springfield District; Todd Rowley and Kathy L. Smith, Sully District; Mitch Luxenberg and Janet S. Oleszek, at-large member; Michael Kwon and Ilryong Moon, at-large member; and Christian Braunlich and Stephen M. Hunt, at-large member.

The school bonds would fund construction and renovation projects at several schools over a five-year period.

For information, call 703-246-3658.

Student-Run Credit Union

To Open at Stuart High

Stuart High School in Baileys Crossroads will open a student-run branch of Apple Federal Credit Union tomorrow. With the opening of the credit union during lunch hours, Stuart becomes the latest county high school to open an Apple FCU branch. Other schools planning branches this year include Centreville and West Potomac high schools, South County Secondary School and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Students can open a savings account and become a member of Apple FCU with a $5 deposit. Products and services are available to students and their parents at schools with student-run branches.

For 10 years, high schools in Northern Virginia have partnered with Apple FCU to help students gain real-world financial experience. The credit union is based in Fairfax and was established in 1956.

Other Fairfax County high schools currently participating in the program include Annandale, Chantilly, Edison, Fairfax, Falls Church, Herndon, Langley, Lee, Marshall, Mount Vernon, Oakton, Westfield and Robinson Secondary School.

Students in accounting classes will staff the Stuart branch as managers and tellers. Daily operations such as deposits, withdrawals and new member processing take place at the student branch.

For information, call 703-824-8931 or send an e-mail to Christine.kochan@fcps.edu.

Asian Career Fair

Planned at NVCC

The county school system will participate in an Asian career and entrepreneurship expo Sept. 24 at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale.

The school system will have a booth on the main floor of the gym during the job fair and will hold an information session from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the event is sponsored by Asian Marketing Services.

NVCC is at 8333 Little River Tpk. For information, call 703-658-8072 or send an e-mail to realista.rodriguez@fcps.edu.

Stuart High to Serve

As Model for Schools

Stuart High School in the Falls Church area will host educators from 10 school districts across the country as part of a model high school study tour Sept. 22 and 23, officials said.

Stuart was named one of 30 model schools by the International Center for Leadership in Education. The center is conducting the tours to examine the characteristics of successful high schools and to talk with district and school leaders.

The tours are designed for teams of school leaders who are restructuring high schools.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY