GMU Hosts High School

Mediation Conference

The county school system and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University will co-sponsor a high school student mediation conference Tuesday at GMU.

Called "Pathways to Peace," the conference starts at 8:30 a.m. More than 200 high school mediators from 16 schools are expected to attend, officials said, renewing their commitment to creating and maintaining safe school environments. Using skills in conflict resolution, these students help their classmates learn to resolve conflicts nonviolently, according to a news release.

Workshops designed to expand students' knowledge and practice of mediation will be led by adults who either are mediation coordinators or represent community agencies. GMU's Fairfax campus is at Route 123 and Braddock Road.

For more information, call Marge Bleiweis at 703-876-5247 or e-mail her at mlbleiweis@fcps.edu.

Students Invited to Design

Insignia for Jamestown

The committee creating a U.S. stamp and cachet to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown is inviting students and visual arts teachers throughout Virginia to submit designs for use on official anniversary cachets, or official envelopes.

Three winners will be selected in each grade category among students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The three will be invited to attend an award ceremony and reception at the Jamestown Settlement in May 2007. Winners will receive up to $500.

The cachets incorporating the winning entries will be offered for sale in 2007. Proceeds of the sales will help support the education programs of Jamestown, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and other historic sites.

Entries should be sent to Jamestown 400th Commemorative Postal Cachet Contest, PO Box 5171, Williamsburg, Va. 23188. The deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 27. Finalists will be notified by March 31.

For more information, visit www.americas400thanniversary.com.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR