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As the new season begins, KPWB has been keeping very busy. A couple weeks ago we were given the chance to support Prince-William Manassas Regional Science Fair. Tim Singstock, school board chairman candidate, Sara Hodja, long-term KPWB volunteer and student at NVCC, and Damir Grljevic, KPWB Programs Manager, had the privilege of being the Keep Prince William Beautiful organizational judges, they judged 12 middle and high school contestants in the Environmental Sciences category and picked out their winners. There were plenty of remarkable projects, and we would like to acknowledge everyone who participated on a job well done. Above all else, we congratulate our top three winners on their projects, which met our criteria in extensive research involved, the most creative and consistent hands-on experiments conducted, and the most professional presentations given. The top 3 winning projects were:

1st Place: Abigail Gfrerer, Acid Attack!: What is the effect of acid rain on plant growth?
2nd Place: Jacqueline Newland, The Effect of De-Icing Salts on Deshelled Eggs: How are de-shelled eggs affected by de-icing salts?
3rd Place: Kayla Stannard, Thomas Strei, and Samantha Warner (team), Water Purification: Developing an improved, indefinite method of water purification that is inexpensive and transferable to a large scale.

Furthermore, April 1st marked the beginning of our Litter Awareness Month Campaign and was also our first Science in the Parks event. The KPWB team headed out to Locust Shade Park in Triangle, VA where we met 113 local 5th graders. We spent the first 15 minutes of our presentation teaching the kids about litter; what the effects are and how to prevent it. The rest of the time was spent playing a board game we put together that reinforces the importance of recycling and keeping the environment clean in a more fun and engaging way for the kids. Some of the kids were even lucky enough to be joined by Buddy, our Keep America Beautiful mascot. Everyone had a great time and we are always looking forward to the next one!

Finally, we would like to give a special mention to the Covenant Church located here in Woodbridge. Recently our own Programs Coordinator, Damir, met with the church members and gave a short presentation telling them about KPWB and what we do. The members were all very excited and quickly took action. Just last week we had 2 members volunteer for our Storm Drain Labeling program. Additionally, they decided to organize two community cleanups, one on Thursday and the other on Saturday. The first cleanup consisted of 8 volunteers and the second had 10 volunteers. We love to see the community take action to keep our community clean and beautiful, and we hope to continue working alongside such generous people.