FCPS Announces 2018 Partner of the Year Finalists

A photo of the 4 awards on a table
2018 Community
Partner of the Year Finalists

Calvary Presbyterian Church's Eagle’s Wings Tutoring program has been involved for 29 years at Mount Eagle Elementary School. Twenty-six students from grades 3-6 received weekly one-on-one sessions with community volunteers, in collaboration with Mount Eagle teachers. Many students attend the tutoring for several years in a row, resulting in a positive relationship between the student and an adult.

Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia offered its programming at more than 60 FCPS schools last year, aimed at developing leadership skills and confidence in girls through the sport of running. Teams of 12-20 girls are supported by volunteer coaches who are positive role models. At the end of the 10-week course, girls from across the region gather for a non-competitive 5K event.

GrandInvolve works in 16 FCPS Title 1 elementary schools. Ninety senior adult volunteers work regularly in classrooms, offering their skills and talents to work directly with students and engage in a variety of helpful activities. In 2017-18, they impacted more than 1,200 students on an individual and small group level. This intergenerational program has proven to boost students’ self esteem and their academic performance.

Mason and Partners Clinic opened an extension site health clinic at the Dunn Loring Central Student Registration Welcome Center. The clinic is managed by Mason faculty and supports the health related needs of uninsured students registering with FCPS. This innovative partnership offers access to health resources for our most vulnerable student population and reduces delayed school entries and absenteeism.

Real Food for Kids was integral to the implementation of 15 salad bars in elementary schools in FCPS through close work with the PTA and school administrators. RFFK also facilitated a county-wide Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo. Students from the Family & Consumer Sciences Program competed to create a healthy food item to go on the school lunch menu.

2018 FCPS Business
Partner of Year Finalists

Apple Federal Credit Union and the Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation For more than 10 years, Apple Federal Credit Union and its Foundation have supported FCPS across the division. They are instrumental in supporting the development and retention of new employees through the Great Beginnings Summer Institute and Teacher Induction Program, which provides mentoring for new teacher, and by financial support of the FCPS honors and Leadership Conference.

Capital One has hosted its after-school Capital One Coders program at Cedar Lane School for two years. C1Coders is an employee-driven 10-week program that teaches students the basics of coding. Participating students and their families are given free tablets and Chromebooks at the culminating event.

Deloitte’s well-developed mentoring program at three FCPS High Schools provides a caring and responsible adult mentor to students for help in navigating high school, applying for college, and considering potential career opportunities. Since 2013, Deloitte has mentored over 200 students.

Innovation Health has more than tripled the impact of the Weekend Food Program at Westlawn ES. This initiative ensures children have healthy meals when they are away from school. Through the Safe Routes to School program, Innovation Health has funded 12 schools with bikes, helmets, storage sheds and safety programs that support active transportation in a safe environment.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #26 has provided material support to Edison Academy to benefit the Electrical Construction and Engineering program. IBEW assists those students in finding apprenticeship and employment opportunities with IBEW members.

2018 Workforce Development
Partner of the Year Finalists

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Since 2016, the hospital has provided West Potomac Academy Health & Medical Science students with information and real life career experience in the healthcare industry in four core areas: career exploration, clinical observation, volunteerism and workforce development. Four students are now full-time employees at the hospital.

K-9 Caring Angels teaches students at the FCPS Juvenile Detention Center to train service dogs to pass obedience tests. These animals are then donated through the Warrior Angels program to veterans to help mitigate the effects of PTSD. This unique program allows this often overlooked student population the chance to make positive connections and create a powerful impact on others.

Urban Alliance has been involved for 3 years in developing young workforce talent at Justice HS. Juniors are invited to participate in a year-long, biweekly professional development training after school, and then are placed in paid internships with local companies in their senior year. In 2017-18, 30 juniors and 30 seniors participated in the program.

United States Geological Survey works with Chantilly and South Lakes High School and the STEP program for students with disabilities. Students worked on special projects such as bird-banding or digital mapping. In 2017-18, 17 students worked at USGS, and over the years of the partnership, six students out of the program have been permanently hired.

Virginia Tire and Auto offers a paid internship program to all FCPS High School students to prepare students who are interested in a career in the automotive workforce. The six-week program encompasses all aspects of the auto repair business and encourages the pursuit of career and income mobility opportunities. Twelve of the 25 interns have been hired into permanent positions.

Congratulations to all this year's nominees.

We thank you for your tireless work on behalf of FCPS students

The Arc of Northern Virginia
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture
Center of Wellbeing Education
Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Watershed Education and Outreach Team
Fort Belvoir Directorate of Family Morale Welfare and Recreation Programing (DFMWR)
Grace Presbyterian Church
HOAR Construction
INOVA Population Health
Kiwanis of Mt. Vernon

McLean Bible Church (Tyson's Corner) Community Outreach Team
MVLE, Inc.
The National Center for Children and Families - Neediest Kids/Bridges to Success Program
PRS CrisisLink
Rotary Club of Springfield, Virginia
Sully District Supervisor's Office
Town of Vienna IT Department
Trademasters Services, Inc.

Award winners will be announced at the

State of Education Luncheon

Tuesday, November 27th

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 Fairview Park Marriott


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