School helping fourth-grader write 10,000 letters to Santa

Loudoun Country Day School is helping fourth-grade student Gabriella Miller support the Make-A-Wish Foundation by writing 10,000 letters to Santa Claus before Christmas Day.

If Macy’s receives 1 million letters to Santa Claus before Dec. 25, the retailer will donate $1 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the school said in a statement.

Gabriella, who recently had an inoperable brain tumor diagnosed, submitted her own wish — a trip to Paris — to the foundation. But she also wants to help support the group.

The school will host letter-writing events from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Loudoun Country Day School, 20600 Red Cedar Dr. , Leesburg; and from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15 at the Loudoun School for the Gifted, 44675 Cape Ct., Unit 105, Ashburn.

Letters can also be dropped off in the mailbox in the lobby of Loudoun Country Day School through Dec. 18, or mailed to Dear Santa “Make-A-Wish with Gabriella,” 20899 McIntosh Pl., Leesburg, Va. 20175.

Gabriella said she plans to deliver the letters to Macy’s on Dec. 23.

Science fair seeks volunteers to review student proposals

The Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair needs volunteers to serve on the Science Review Committee and Institutional Review Board.

Committee and board members review students’ science project proposals for compliance with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair rules.

Reviewers are primarily looking for issues of safety and confidentiality. Committee members comment on the content and procedures of the proposed research projects.

Projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals and potentially hazardous biological agents must be approved before experiments begin. Review board members must have a doctoral degree in biomedical science or have MD, DVM, DDS, PharmD or DO degrees.

Prospective volunteers should contact Loudoun public schools’ science supervisor Odette D. Scovel at 571-252-1360 or

Information is at www.societyforscience.

Leesburg Town Council seeks input on expansion of courts

The Leesburg Town Council is asking residents for input at its meeting Tuesday about the Loudoun County court system expansion in downtown Leesburg.

The county Government Services and Finance Committee has been considering whether to build a planned expansion of Loudoun courts in downtown Leesburg or move the entire complex to county-owned property on Sycolin Road, outside the town limits.

Loudoun has approval for a court expansion of about 60,000 square feet at the Church Street location, which is the old jail site. County officials have recently said they want to increase the expansion to about 120,000 square feet of new construction over two phases.

The Government Services and Finance Committee is expected to make its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 7 meeting. The Leesburg Town Council will provide its input to the Committee after Tuesday’s council meeting.

Town Council members want the court system and the expansion to remain in downtown Leesburg, the council said in a statement.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson