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How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

??B 4 u rd any further grab ur kid’s cell & hide it. (LOL). You may not have to resort to such dire tactics but an October 6, 2010 article in The Week titled,” How Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter” indicated that handwriting can improve your child’s IQ.

The article notes a study by University of Wisconsin psychologist Virginia Berninger, who found that writing activated sequential finger movements, which engaged short-term memory, thought and language sectors of the brain.

On a superficial level, those with excellent penmanship were also deemed smarter than those with illegible handwriting, according to Steve Graham, a professor of education at Vanderbilt University. He also noted that neatly written essays on standardized tests like the SAT merited higher scores as well.

On the flipside, technology has made it all too easy to become lax in constructing a sentence and even spelling a simple word. Many cellphones and computers now do the work for us.

Stratford University Holds Grand Opening Event for Richmond Campus Wednesday

Stratford University Holds Grand Opening Event for Richmond Campus Wednesday

On Wednesday morning, Stratford University hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of their new Richmond campus, located at 11104 W. Broad Street in Glen Allen, Va.

Nearly 150 guests from legislative offices and local businesses alike gathered for the landmark occasion.

Notables such as  Patrice Lewis, Outreach Representative for the Office of Senator Mark R Warner and Tim Grimes with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce  addressed the crowd while the Honorable Gerard Robinson, Virginia Secretary of Education served as the keynote speaker.

During the ceremony, Eric Robison, President of the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate presented Dr. Richard Shurtz, President of Stratford University and Mark Slusher of TGM Realty Investors (lead builder for the Richmond campus) with the GRACRE's Best Renovation/Reuse Project Award in the Richmond region for 2010.

Vegetables in Vending Machines? You Bet!

Vegetables in Vending Machines? You Bet!

While it may seem odd at first to find vegetables in vending machines, the country is about to see this not only become a trend, but find out it’s here to stay! This food revolution comes as a result of the vending machine make-over by a San Diego-based company that has franchises stretching from one end of the country to the other.

"People have had enough of all the unhealthy food options. They really want something more nutritious, today,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Until now, getting something healthier might not have included convenience, which is something else that people want. So we have paired the two in a perfect combination.”

Cora Kelly Elementary School Fundraiser

Cora Kelly Elementary School Fundraiser

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

Cora Kelly Elementary School for Math, Science and Technology will host a fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, at Chick-fil-A Crystal City, 2200 Crystal Dr., Suite G, Arlington. Present a flier, available online at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/news2011/nr2011031702-flier.pdf , and the school will receive 15 percent of the sale. Read more at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/news2011/nr2011031702.php .

Marine Corps Marathon to present Healthy School Award to Lynbrook Elementary

From Marine Corps Marathon:

Roll Your R's to Earn Cash

Roll Your R's to Earn Cash

Simon Contreras has been teaching Spanish in Arlington for 26 years. He now teaches 4 Spanish classes at Wakefield High School and is head of the Foreign Language Department. Over 20 years ago he introduced something fun to the area: the Annual Spanish R Rolling Contest. This year marks the 22nd Annual Contest which will be held at Key Elementary School on Friday, March 18 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

The contest first started when Contreras noticed that some of his students had trouble rolling their R's. "It started in my own classes and it went well and it was fun, so we decided to compete with other schools." Soon the contest spread to multiple schools, even in other states such as Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. "We have come a long way!" exclaimed Contreras. 

Two Washington Redskins Visit Local Elementary School

Claremont Immersion Elementary School of Arlington, VA had some special visitors today. Washington Redkins LB Brian Orakpo and RB Clinton Portis gathered in the elementary school’s packed gymnasium this afternoon. Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, was also present.

Why did Claremont Immersion Elementary have these NFL visitors? The school was selected as a NFL PLAY 60 Super School and received a check for $10,000 to go towards health, fitness, and nutrition activities, as well as programs and equipment. Faculty and students screamed and jumped with excitement when the NFL presented the school with the large check.