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Magical Montgomery Festival

Saturday, October 9, 2010
12:00 - 6:00 pm

Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza
One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD

Experience the magic of Montgomery County on Saturday October 9 when downtown Silver Spring transformed into a lively center for arts, humanities, Montgomery County history, and world cultures.

Enjoy two stages of live entertainment including entertainment from around the world and close to home.

Shop at the artists market where you can buy original paintings, pottery, textiles, jewelry, photography and more. 

Meet dancers, musicians, actors, historians, archaeologists, puppeteers, writers, and poets when you visit the community booths.

Proposal For Changes to Wheaton HS, Thomas Edison HS & Watkins Mill HS

The Parents' Coalition obtained a copy of a federal grant application submitted by MCPS to transform three local schools: Watkins Mill HS, Thomas Edison HS of Technology, and Wheaton HS. According to the grant abstract:

"Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Maryland is requesting federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) funds to transform two of its lowest performing, highest poverty high schools-Wheaton and Watkins Mill-into whole school magnets. Wheaton High School and the collocated half-day Thomas Edison High School of Technology career and technology education program will be transformed into the comprehensive Montgomery County High Tech High School (MCHTHS). Watkins Mill High School will become the International Baccalaureate School of Engineering, Digital Design, and Performing Arts (IBEDPA) at Watkins Mill."

Silver Spring Residents Get a New Place to Read

This is an exciting time for Silver Spring book lovers. The new Silver Spring Library building will be holding its groundbreaking ceremony Monday, August 30, at 10am.

Come out to support your community and to watch Silver Spring history being made.

The project construction site is in downtown Silver Spring 900 Wade Avenue.  Parking will be available at the Wade Avenue garage.   This site is also a 4-5 block walk from the Silver Spring metro.

School Lunches Affected by Slow Economy and Budget Cuts

Education Week reports that due to summer school and transportation budget cuts in Montgomery County schools (and in counties across the country) fewer children are getting free lunches in at least one school district.

The recession has made an impact in school lunch and nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture.  The number of free lunches provided to children in the summer has dropped drastically, and the outcome is proving to be detrimental to low income families.

While the cuts in free lunch assistance are heavy this summer, the program should be stabilized for the fall school year.

To read more, visit: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/08/16/01nutrition.h30.html?tkn=MMLFZq6PoVB8iFvgg7dQ1KSCyQH0m549TsDC&cmp=clp-edweek