Nine Loudoun schools receive governor’s awards

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) and the state Board of Education announced last week the recipients of Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement.

The program recognizes schools and school divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve goals of excellence established by the governor and the board, Loudoun school officials said in a statement.

Fifty-one schools earned the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These schools met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board, the statement said.

In Loudoun County, Lincoln Elementary and Pinebrook Elementary received the designation.

The Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award went to 98 Virginia schools that met all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board. Loudoun schools that were given the award were Aldie Elementary, Ashburn Elementary, Belmont Station Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Lowes Island Elementary and Round Hill Elementary.

Program offers guidance to young entrepreneurs

Students ages 11 to 14 who are interested in starting a business are invited to sign up for Young Entrepreneur Camp, sponsored by the Youth Services Division of Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services.

Students will hear from successful local entrepreneurs and learn about what is needed to run a small business. At the end of the week, participants will share their business plan with a panel of business owners who will provide feedback.

The camp is from 10 a.m. to 4  p.m. March 25 to 29 at Douglass Community Center, 405 E. Market St., Leesburg. The cost is $30.

To register for the camp, go to and use activity No. 349302-01.

For information, call 703-737-8021.

Park’s picnic pavilion, volleyball court closed

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services has announced that the volleyball court and adjoining picnic pavilion at Gwen Thompson Briar Patch Park in Sterling is closed to the public until June 1.

The area will undergo construction, utility work and site preparation for the installation of a prefabricated restroom.

The five-acre park is at 21660 Sterling Blvd. It also has a large playground, a basketball court, two tennis courts and a gazebo.

For information, call 703-777-0343.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson