Saturday, March 9, 2013
Marcia D'Arcangelo has been a volunteer with the organization and was most recently employed at the Newseum.
The Campagna Center has named Marcia D’Arcangelo its new director of the New Neighbors ESL and Family Literacy Program. D’Arcangelo has served with Campagna as a program volunteer tutor and classroom teacher for four years. She most recently was senior program manager at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The New Neighbors program offers English language classes for immigrant and refugees in Alexandria and surrounding areas. Classes take place at the Fowler House at Christ Church. For more local news sign up for the Patch daily email newsletter.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Virginia’s junior senator calls sequestration ‘abdication of responsibility.’
The looming sequestration that is slated to cut military spending across the board will also cost Virginia about $48 million in federal funds for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade education, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine told educators Friday in Alexandria. Speaking to local school officials and state education advocates at the Campagna Center in Old Town, Kaine, a Democrat, said the cuts would also eliminate 7,000 Head Start slots in the state. If the March 1 sequester goes through, 10,000 teacher jobs would be at risk nationwide, as well as funding for up to 7,200 special education teachers, aides and staff, according to Kaine’s office. Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said he maintained hope sequestration could be avoided. “I …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The gift comes from the estate of Shirley Susan Platt, who was an information research specialist at the Library of Congress.
The Campagna Center recently received a $48,000 gift from the estate of Shirley Susan Platt, an information research specialist at the Library of Congress who supported arts and human needs organizations. “This is truly an unexpected blessing and one that the center certainly has a need for given the many funding gaps we have to work to overcome every year,” said Campagna President and CEO Tammy Mann. “Most of the grants we receive do not cover the full costs of operating our programs.” The group must raise several hundred thousand dollars annually to serve the children, teens and adults in the Campagna initiatives such as Head Start and before- and after-school programs. Keep up with local non-profit news with the Patch email newsletter. …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Brightly lit sailboats and powerboats light up the Potomac River Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5:15 p.m., culminating a day of holiday events in Old Town Alexandria.
Alexandria’s annual Boat Parade of Lights rings in December when dozens of colorfully lit powerboats and sailboats parade down the Potomac River. On Saturday, Dec. 1, at the new earlier start time of 5:15 p.m, the parade begins, led by Alexandria’s fireboat Vigilant and Washington, D.C.’s fireboat John H. Glenn Jr., named for the former astronaut and U.S. senator. The boats are dressed to impress a panel of judges who will award prizes in a dozen categories including Best in Show, Thinking Outside the Christmas Box and Hardiest Souls. Pre-parade festivities begin at 3 p.m. at the city marina behind the Torpedo Factory and include free photos with Santa Claus for kids and canines plus free hot cocoa and cider. This year’s boat parade is …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Nationally published cartoonist Jonathan Todd taught children how to draw their own comic strips Wednesday.
The children of the Campagna Kids afterschool program at William Ramsay Elementary School took pencils and markers to paper Wednesday to create their own comic strips with the help of nationally published cartoonist Jonathan Todd. Todd shared his creative process with children and talked about his current venture, a graphic novel about thehistory of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. “I started drawing comics when I was about their age, about 8, and I just found it really rewarding to create something and then show it to someone else and make them laugh,” Todd told Patch. “And I’ve just been doing it ever since. And I think it’s at this age that I just got the bug. “And also, I think I learned to write through drawing comics, because …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Jonathan Todd is illustrating a graphic novel about the history of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Children from across Alexandria are invited to meet comic book artist Jonathan Todd during the Campagna Kids after-school program Wednesday, Nov. 14, at William Ramsay Elementary School. The event begins at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Todd, a nationally published cartoonist, will share his creative process with children. He is currently illustrating a graphic novel about the history of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich and will give children the inside scoop on how he developed his idea and how he draws. After speaking, Todd will coach children in drawing their own comic-strips. David Sarpal, sire director of the Campagna Kids program at William Ramsay, said the program serves about 750 children citywide. The event …