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Alexandria Virginia 8th Graders Debate

Author: Abashley Barnett
by Abashley Barnett
Posted: Mar 19, 2014

1888 Press Release - Supported by Reality Realty Virginia Heroes and Local Organo Gold Coffee Distributor.

Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV - "Knowing the intent behind the passage of the Dream Act, does it further separate immigrants from complete immersion into American society?" This is the topic of this year's Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) debate being held at GW1 Middle School. The debate will take place March 19 at 6:00 p.m. at GW1 Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

Students will learn how, with thorough research, careful study of facts, enhanced vocabulary skills and strategic position to prove a point, they can help change the world. Mrs. Bernadette McQuaige-Johnson is a driven teacher that strives to provide each of her students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her ability to attain and achieve so much more than what he or she currently believes possible. As an educator for more than 20 years, she epitomizes common beliefs and ideals for her students.

Reality Realty Virginia Heroes, Virginia's #1 Homes for Heroes brokerage, and a local area Organo Gold Coffee Distributor have partnered to honor our local educators and students during the occasion. "We are humbled by the opportunity to help facilitate an undertaking that will not only teach our children to think for themselves and form opinions but give them the courage to speak out to facilitate change," said Charles Hoskins, Real Estate Artisan™. "Teaching our children to pass tests is not enough," Hoskins said. "We have to give them a purpose so they don't just drift through life. We need a nation of thinkers, not drifters."

A great deal of media attention has been placed on our immigrant population and understanding how the Dream Act impacts our economy, so focusing on this current topic for the debate this year provides great insight for our future leaders. GW1's 8th grade honors, civics and economics classes demonstrate their resourcefulness and eagerness to tackle such diverse topics in their debate to gain a broader view of the inner workings of our government. The 8th graders' passion to push the envelope by tackling difficult topics comes as no surprise, as they're following in the footsteps of such notable alumni as Jim Morrison of The Doors, Willard Scott of NBC's The Today Show, and John Phillips and Cass Elliot, both of The Mamas & the Papas. The school is also credited with Joe Namath's professional debut, as it hosted a Jets and Oilers preseason game in 1965.

About Charles Hoskins, Real Estate Artisan™

Hoskins, himself a disabled Air Force veteran and husband of an educator, truly understands the effect an educator has on children. He has made it his goal to support and give as much back to education as possible. He is a member of the Stafford County Schools' Technical Advisory Committee and is steadfast in pursuit to inform everyone that all educators are true HEROES!! Hoskins went on to say, "As a Homes For Heroes affiliate, we embrace our mission to support Heroes by supporting their mission to ensure readiness, security and stability of our community. When we were approached to lend our support to such an auspicious event for education, we knew we needed to get involved. Connecting educational endeavors with community service is an outstanding opportunity to give back and demonstrate a sense of civic duty to our future leaders. At Reality Realty Virginia Heroes, that's just what we do…serve those who serve us. We are blessed to be able to be a part of this event supporting both students and educators. It takes a village! Educators are the backbone of our future, and we welcome every opportunity to thank all them for the sacrifices they make and the selfless service they give."

About Reality Realty Virginia Heroes

Reality Realty Virginia Heroes is a full-service real estate company rooted in education and philanthropy, with an emphasis on needs analysis designed to empower its Hero clients to make sustainable real estate decisions focused on clearly defined goals. Homes for Heroes agents pledge 25 percent of their commission to offset Heroes' costs. Hero clients include active duty, reserve, retired, veteran and volunteer Military, Educators, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and EMS, Healthcare Professionals and Clergy. Reality Realty Virginia Heroes is the number one Homes for Heroes brokerage in Virginia and number two in the entire nation. Reality Realty's pioneering concepts of Caremenship™ and Real Estate Artisan™ are setting a new standard for the industry, with a vision, "To change the way real estate is conducted on a global level by committing to the readiness and stability of both our clients and the communities we live in through sound real estate decisions, rooted in clients' clearly defined goals, season of life and fiscal well-being."

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Author: Abashley Barnett

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