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Welcome New Bloggers: Light Year Kids

Parent advocacy group working toward improving Advanced Academic Program Centers in the county.

Today we get to welcome another new blogger to the Oakton Patch family: The Light Year Kids. 

Parent Asra Nomani, who posted the group's first blog, writes:

Light Year Kids is an effort to support the education of "light year kids," who are "light years" ahead of their age level academically. Our local incarnation is as: Parents for AAP Center Excellence (PACE).
Traditionally known as "gifted and talented" children, it's little discussed how these kids are, in fact, "special needs" children because their academic and intellectual acumen often doesn't get addressed in mainstream classrooms. 

Nomani, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, lives in Great Falls, Va. Her son, Shibli, 10, is in fourth grade at Great Falls Elementary School.

Why "the Light Year Kids"?

She told Patch she attended the Kilmer Middle School meeting about the proposed changes to the Fairfax County Advanced Academic Program, previously called the county's gifted and talented program. 

While there, she spoke to School Board member Ted Velkoff, who introduced her to the idea of "light year kids." He had heard the term from a local Fairfax County principal, Beth English, she said.

"Light Year Kids supports the efforts of various community groups, including Parents for AAP Equity and Fairfax County Association, who are working toward improving AAP in the county. The local issue is fraught with great controversy but, with Fairfax County as a model for school districts around the country, we believe that Fairfax County can be a leader for not only the  children in our county, but also our country," Nomani told Patch.

You can read the group's first post, written by Nomani, here: Who Are the 'Light Year Kids'? And Why Fairfax County Must 'Stop and Think'.

Want to blog on Oakton Patch, too?

Oakton Patch is always looking for bloggers who can share their knowledge on hobbies and views on issues, while simultaneously letting their personalities shine through. We want bloggers who can have readers walk away feeling challenged, inspired, happy, sad or further educated on a particular subject.

Keep in mind that this is not a reporting gig. There’s no need to be a published author or someone who needs to be told what to write about. We want you to write about what you want and when you want. You can post whenever you feel like it.

Blogging on Patch is just one more way you can get involved with a site that is all about you.

So, start a blog on Oakton Patch today! Have questions about blogging? Just email Editor Erica R Hendry.

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