Grant for History Teachers

Loudoun County public schools, in partnership with George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, has received a $999,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to boost the teaching of history.

The three-year project will help instruct 150 Loudoun teachers on basic content and themes in Virginia and U.S. history. Workshops, summer programs and history lectures are included in the program, "Foundations of U.S. History: Virginia History as American History."

William F. Brazier, the school system's social science supervisor, said the project is needed to introduce teachers to Virginia history. "The first problem for us in Virginia is that there are so many people coming from somewhere else," he said.

The George Mason center has had partnerships with school districts in Fauquier and Fairfax counties and Alexandria and Manassas City.

Students Recognized

Five current or recently graduated students at Loudoun County High School have earned the College Board's National AP Scholar Award.

Brian Andrew, Anna Gayek, Benjamin Leonard, Annie Medaglia and Joshua Richards each earned an average grade of 4 or better on a five-point scale and scored 4 or better on eight or more Advanced Placement exams. The National AP Scholar Award is the top honor the College Board grants to those who take AP tests.

Fifty-five other students at Loudoun County High earned recognition from the College Board for their AP scores.

-- Compiled by SCOTT BUTTERWORTH