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March 8, 2000

Member of Congress, Jim Moran, will meet informally with Alexandria citizens and view an 8x12-foot painted mural of local students' innovative educational inventions during his open office hours at the neighborhood's Patrick Henry Elementary School Recreation Center this Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m.-12.

The mural, Visions of Alexandria: Past, Present & Future was created by public school children from Patrick Henry in a unique academic and arts program offered by The Socrates Institute,a non-profit organization.

Socrates president, Dr. Mary L. Radnofsky, and school principal, Dr. Marcia Baldanzawill be on hand to greet Congressman Moran as he visits Patrick Henry and is interviewed by an elementary school child reporterfor the in school cable news program. The school marquee will also have a welcome message. For all to be present, best photo/filming times are 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Dr. Radnofsky explains that this is an opportunity to promote excellence and high expectations in education:

"The meeting of these business, school, and government representatives symbolizes the success of combining business and community efforts of non-profit organizations such as The Socrates Institute to provide innovative, after-school, educational programs to increase kids' chances on standardized tests as well as better prepare them to become the leaders of a complex society in the 21st century."

The mural, Visions of Alexandria: Past, Present & Future,will move from the Patrick Henry recreation center to the school for 4 weeks, then be displayed at the Lyceum for a Socrates-sponsored musical benefit and reception (April 16) honoring a delegation from Caen, France (one of Alexandria's international sister cities). The mural will then travel overseas to city hall in Caen, France this summer, when local committee members go there on an official exchange visit during Bastille Day celebrations.

Such activities by The Socrates Institute continue to demonstrate its commitment to education by creating interdisciplinary arts and academic programs between schools, business, and communities throughout the year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Socrates Institute business director, Joseph P. Koz, Ph.D. phone: 703-823-2135, fax: 703-823-2178, address: P.O. Box 23751, Alexandria, VA 22304 e-mail: web:

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