Thursday Morning Rundown

South Lakes High School Band/Credit: Melissa Gifford

First Day Thoughts — The first day shows lots of promise, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza says of the 2014-15 school year. [FCPS Video]

Kudos For Bechtel —  Bechtel, which has a large headquarters in Reston, has been named one of the world’s top contractors by Engineering News-Record (ENR), a leading publication for the engineering and construction industry. The company ranked third on the magazine’s Top 250 International Contractors list, the same as last year, and ninth on the Top 250 Global Contractors list, one spot up from last year. On both lists, Bechtel was the highest-ranked company headquartered in the United States. [Bechtel]

Virginia Indian Festival This Weekend — Celebrate Virginia’s Native American roots at the annual Virginia Indian Festival Saturday at Riverbend Park in Great Falls. There will be storytelling, demonstrations, archery and help to build a dugout canoe, among other activities that recognize life here 600 years ago. [Fairfax County]

Pink Heals At Reston Town Center — Fairfax County firefighters and police officers will take part in the “Pink Heals” tour Saturday at Reston Town Center. The event, sponsored by the Guardians of the Ribbon, supports women with breast cancer. Pink rescue vehicles will on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. [Guardians of the Ribbon]

Photo: South Lakes High School Band at first football game of 2014 season/Credit: Melissa Gifford

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