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Fairfax County schools to celebrate National Bike to School Day

Fairfax County schools plan to participate in National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7, in a bid to promote physical activity for students.

Twenty-eight elementary and middle schools have registered for the event, which encourages students and school employees to bike or walk to school.

Parents are encouraged to accompany their children as they bike or walk to school, and can work with their school’s parent-teacher association to organize biking or walking groups.

“Bike to School Day enables students to get fresh air and exercise while traveling to and from school,” School Board Chairman Ilryong Moon (At-large) said in a statement. “It is an excellent way to increase physical activity, lessen pollution and traffic around schools and have fun getting to and from school.”

In conjunction with National Bike to School Day, some schools are planning bike safety assemblies, valet parking for bikes, morning receptions for parents who walk or bike with their children and other related activities.

More than 50 county schools earn state academic excellence accolades

Three county public schools earned the state Board of Education’s highest award for academic performance, leading a pack of 52 county schools recognized for their success in meeting state and federal education benchmarks.

Carson, Longfellow and Rocky Run middle schools were among five schools across Virginia to receive the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence. This annual award recognizes schools that meet all state and federal benchmarks and surpass enrollment goals in advanced academic programs.

“Schools and divisions that earn the Governor’s Award for Education Excellence promote the well-being – as well as the academic achievement – of every student,” state Secretary of Education Anne Holton said in a statement.

Twenty-two schools received the Board of Education Excellence Award for 2014, and 27 schools received the 2014 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. These awards honor schools that surpass all required state and federal accountability standards and are making strides toward the more stringent goals set by the state.

“The educators and support staff in these award-winning schools – and in all of our public schools – have dedicated their careers to building brighter futures for our young people and providing pathways for success in a 21st Century economy,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.