General Interest Items – October 16, 2013

Posted on Oct 13 2013 in General by admin

2.1 History Essay Contest – Deadline Is November 8
2.2 Article – “Learn to Ignore the Internet and Steal Back Your Concentration”

 

2.1 History Essay Contest – Deadline Is November 8

Deadline is November 8, 2013. Open to high school students at a public or private high school in one of Dominion Virginia Power’s four regional service areas in Virginia (one winner in each region); homeschoolers may also enter. Submit your 400-word essay for an opportunity to win an HP laptop computer and $1,000 for your school or homeschool association (if the winner’s family has an active, dues-paying membership). Each winner and a school representative must attend the February awards ceremony in Richmond to receive their awards; out-of-towners will be compensated for overnight lodging. Consider an issue or problem that is keeping your community (be it local, state, national, or global) from achieving its full potential. Describe that issue and explain why it is so important to you.

The Library of Virginia, in collaboration with Dominion Virginia Power, presents the 2014 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History Essay Contest. This program highlights African-American leaders and their achievements.

See the website for complete details, judging criteria, past winners, and research resources; teachers may also request a set of materials (mailed) through the “Contact Us” page. Send questions to education@lva.virginia.gov or call 804-692-3999.

www.lva.virginia.gov/smw

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2.2 Article – “Learn to Ignore the Internet and Steal Back Your Concentration”

Despite the irony that you are reading this online, there is a lot of potential help in the barely 300-word piece for students or adults who have a hard time staying on-task while online. Learn about a few free gadgets that can make you–or a family member–more productive.

www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/10/concentration

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