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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.”

Hundreds of DC High School Students Prepare for Their Day in Court

This story comes to us from Sarah Medway:

GW Cancels Undergraduate Study Abroad in Japan For Spring Semester

This story comes to us from Jill Sankey:

As of Friday morning, the university has decided to cancel undergraduate study abroad in Japan for spring 2011 citing security reasons. Graduate programs there do not begin for several weeks.

According to Donna Scarboro, associate vice president for international programs, 13 students were studying or planning to study in Japan during the spring semester.

Seven undergraduate students and one graduate student were in Japan, while four undergraduate students and on graduate student were scheduled to travel to Japan at the end of the month to begin their programs.

The seven undergraduate students who were in Japan have left or have already booked flights out of Japan, Dr. Scarboro said, and the graduate student has chosen to remain in the country.

Mayor Gray To Convene Public Hearing On D.C. Public Schools Budget

This community notice comes to us from the Executive Office of the Mayor:


WASHINGTON -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray is convening a hearing that will give members of the public an opportunity to provide their input on shaping the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) budget for Fiscal Year 2012 -- a year that will force all D.C. agencies to engage in significant belt-tightening due to a major budget deficit.

SESI Admissions Director Fights Truancy at Students’ Front Doors

This story comes to us from Tony Gallotto:

David Clarke isn’t a cop or a truant officer, but for a few years now he has taken his fight against truancy directly to students’ front doors. Behind those doors, Clarke often finds students and their families in crisis causing unexcused absences.


Clarke, the admissions director for the six D.C. schools operated by Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), said student truancy often has complicated underlying causes. “Most of our students are not skipping school just for the heck of it,” Clarke said.


“I have found some of our kids with no food, no electricity, no heat or hot water. Some were left to babysit younger siblings. Others were afraid to leave home because of neighborhood beefs,” said Clarke. “Some had no clean clothes, no money to do laundry and were embarrassed to come to school because they didn’t feel presentable.”


D.C. Public Charter School Board Receives 19 Charter School Applications

D.C. Public Charter School Board Receives 19 Charter School Applications

This story comes to us from Audrey Williams:

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) accepted 19 applications to create new public charter schools by the February 1st deadline.  Twenty one applications were presented, but only 19 complete applications met the initial submission requirements specified in the Board’s guidelines. The charter schools, if approved, would open in fall 2012.


GWU Remembers Haiti Earthquake One Year Later With Anniversary Ceremony

“Exactly one year ago at about 4:52 p.m., I was sitting at a round table, enjoying rice and beans in the comfort of my home located in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti,” Karl Delatour, a George Washington University Freshman who hails from Haiti, recalled Wednesday as he spoke at GW’s one-year Haiti anniversary ceremony.  “As I reflected on how to go about studying for my upcoming history exam, I suddenly felt the table vibrate.  As this vibration becomes more and more strong, it is not until my glass of water fell to the ground and shattered that I realized that something big was happening…something really big.”