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This year, the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact planned to have 10,412 total student interactions, with 4,527 of those interactions taking place between March 12th and June 10th. As in many homes throughout the county, when schools closed on March 12th, we were confused and uncertain about what might happen next. We contacted the schools we had been scheduled to visit during the next four school days, focused on other projects, and thought we would return to the classroom soon.

Like so many venues, Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, VA, had an eerily quiet spring. Its Spring Horse Trials, scheduled for March 28-29, was canceled — for the first time in 46 years.

We’re glad to hear that the horse trials’ rescheduling request has been approved. The formerly “Spring” but now “Winter” H.T. will take place Nov. 14-15, 2020, and feature Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels.

Apply to Morven Park’s Center for Civic Impact Youth Leadership Retreat and spend three days developing your leadership skills to help create real change in your community.

Who can apply? Current 6th and 7th graders (8th graders may apply for the High School Institute)

When: July 14–16, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day

Where: Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia

Cost: Free, but you must apply and pay a $40 refundable security deposit.

Application deadline: Applications must be time stamped by Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

My very first voting experience was a memorable one because I turned 18 on a presidential election day and got to cast my vote on my birthday! I still remember carefully filling in each bubble on the ballot and proudly displaying my “I voted” sticker. I come from a long line of volunteer poll workers, including my father, my aunt and especially my grandmother. She was the daughter of Czechoslovakian immigrants who was born in August of 1920, days before the 19th amendment would be ratified by two thirds of the state legislatures and put into practice. She helped people complete their civic duty in her small town in Pennsylvania, fully understanding how important it was for everyone to use their own voice at each election. I haven’t missed an election since I became eligible, and I think often about the women who fought for this fundamental right.

My grandfather was a magnificent gardener. He had an arbor that dripped with wisteria, under which I would enjoy delicious summer snacks and lemonade. His expansive vegetable garden and orchard ensured my grandmother was very busy during canning and jamming season. I have many fond memories of time spent there and often visited when I needed a quiet space to pause and reflect on some pressing issue. Consequently, I love gardens, not only because they remind me of my childhood and calm my senses, but also because I envy the talent of gardeners.

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out how I will decorate for the holidays, ruminating over which place settings to choose, and debating what colors I’ll use for the tree. It was during a recent walk through the formal gardens here at Morven Park that I found all the inspiration I needed!

School is back in session and the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact (MPCCI) education team is eager to be back in the classroom, honoring the civic engagement legacy of Westmoreland and Marguerite Davis by providing free civics lessons that demonstrate the impact one individual can have on his/her community.

In addition to the classroom supplies found on a typical back-to-school list, Morven Park’s list contains some rather unusual items.