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VOICE Arlington demands school system provide more support for immigrant students

Seventy VOICE Arlington leaders turned out with allies on a night with torrential rain in late May to demand the Arlington school system provide greater support for immigrant and refugee students.

The size of the turnout made an impression. Reid Goldstein, now the School Board Chair, twice noted the number in his comments. Read more about VOICE Arlington demands school system provide more support for immigrant students

Hybla Valley mobile home park gets small soccer field, larger nearby space still empty

Last week, the neighbors and VOICE and Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) got together to celebrate the opening of the new field in Audubon, which was financed by Audubon’s management company, Hometown America. “This would not have happened without a lot of the hard work of the members in this neighborhood pressing for things to get better,” said Jennifer Knox, a VOICE spokeswoman. “It’s a mini-soccer field, but it’s enough for the kids to play.” Read more about Hybla Valley mobile home park gets small soccer field, larger nearby space still empty

Audubon Celebrates Field; Seeks Other Improvements

Residents of the Audubon Mobile Home Park are united in working to make their community a better place to live.

To that end, dozens gathered outside the mobile home park’s community center for
a Celebration & Action meeting Monday night, organized by VOICE
(Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), to celebrate the construction of a youth athletic field that was recently opened at the park to serve about 1,500 low income children who live there. Read more about Audubon Celebrates Field; Seeks Other Improvements

In Fairfax County’s Hybla Valley, some help for the west side of Route 1 but residents want more

It’s no secret that some parts of Fairfax County are richer than others. Hybla Valley, along Route 1 in the Alexandria area of southeast Fairfax County, has long been part of the “others,” with more low-income housing and fewer high-end shopping and eating options. Even within Hybla Valley, there’s an economic divide between the east side of Route 1, with Gum Springs and Fort Hunt, and the west side, with the Audubon Estates trailer park and Murray Gate apartments.

Celebrating $3 Million for Youth - November 1, 2013

VOICE celebrated winning $3 Million to renovate dilapidated athletic fields at two Fairfax County High Schools serving working class youth. Read more about Celebrating $3 Million for Youth - November 1, 2013

Celebrating Improvements in Athletic Fields - June 10, 2013

Over 300 youth, parents, and school staff gathered at West Potomac High School to celelbrate renovations at local fields and progress toward funding new high school athletic fields. Read more about Celebrating Improvements in Athletic Fields - June 10, 2013

$3 Million to Renovate High School Athletic Fields - 2012 & 2013

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, & Mt
Vernon Unitarian Church – partnered with West Potomac and Mount Vernon high schools' athletic booster clubs in a campaign to end disparities in the facilities that Route 1 youth use to play. In 2012 & 2013 we: Read more about $3 Million to Renovate High School Athletic Fields - 2012 & 2013

'West Poor' - No More

When athletes at West Potomac High School travel to other schools in the region, they often hear students call their school “West Poor.” That’s because the school
has notoriously bad athletic fields, ones that are so bad they have a reputation that stretches across Northern Virginia. That’s all about to change, though, because advocates for athletic fields have persuaded Fairfax County leaders to invest $3.5 million to improve conditions up and down the Route 1 corridor, where poverty rates are some of the highest in the county. Read more about 'West Poor' - No More

WPHS and MVHS Will Get Turf Fields

By this time next year, West Potomac High Athletic Club Booster president Rick Genuario expects the brown grass on the school’s football field will be replaced
with artificial turf. Read more about WPHS and MVHS Will Get Turf Fields

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