Children's Science Center Installs New Board Chair

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Cuurent Board Chair, Brenda Hyde, publisher of FAMILY Magazine, will be stepping down as Chairman of the Children's Science Center.

The Children's Science Center, a non-profit organization working to develop a children's science museum in Northern Virginia that would provide an interactive exploration center that incorporates traditional museum exhibits with cutting edge discovery experiences for children, their families and educators, announced today that current Board Chair, Brenda Hyde, publisher of FAMILY Magazine, will be stepping down. Leo Rydzewski will become the new Chair.

Since Ms. Hyde assumed the position of Board Chair, the Children's Science Center has increased its awareness in the community, built a web site with science activities for parents and children, developed a list of hundreds of interested parents, presented the Children's Science Center to the community through numerous "museum without walls" events and presentations, developed a regular newsletter with information and activities for children, expanded the Board of Directors to include 18 members, worked to create a vision for the size and scope of the Children's Science Center through a design charette and narrowed the search for an appropriate physical location. FAMILY Magazine has presented activity articles written by Children's Science Center volunteers to the community inside the popular, regional magazine each month.

Mr. Rydzewski takes over the helm of the Children's Science Center as the group continues to focus its efforts on sparking children's interest in science through interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage exploration of science and technology, stimulate creativity, and inspire through active learning. Mr. Rydzewski is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where he specializes his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation, including class actions.

About The Children's Science Center

The Children's Science Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to serve as an interactive exploration and science center that engages children and their families in partnership with schools, businesses and our community. Information about the organization may found at

The Children's Science Center is a signature project of the Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV). JLNV is helping The Children's Science Center to establish a permanent children's museum in Northern Virginia. The child-centered mission of The Children's Science Center and the primary focus of the JLNV to "prepare children for success" allow the organizations to work together in creating a wondrous environment for the area's children.


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