2017 FCPS Partner Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our three 2017 FCPS Partner Award winners!  The awards for FCPS Business, Community and Workforce Development Partner of the Year were announced and presented live during the Superintendent’s Luncheon held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

Navy Federal Credit Union was named 2017 Business Partner of the Year for providing extensive volunteer and financial support for over 28 years to Thoreau Middle School.  Navy Federal provides an Annual Kick-off event to welcome new seventh graders to Thoreau, mentors and quarterly student recognition programs.

The Workforce Development Partner Award was added this year as a way to recognize area organizations working with FCPS to develop the future workforce.  The inaugural FCPS Workforce Development Partner award was presented to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. MWAA provides paid, on-the-job training to FCPS students who are part of the Secondary Transition to Employment Program at Chantilly High School. Students are taught  upholstery repair, key-making and landscaping at the Dulles Airport facility.

The 2017 Community Partner of the Year was awarded to Food for Others.  Since 2012, Food for Others’ PowerPack Program provides weekend food bags regularly at 29 FCPS schools.  Last school year, an average of 1,980 students were served every week.  FCPS staff members also turn to Food for Others as a resource for emergency food assistance.

Virginia Secretary of Education to be Keynote Speaker

The Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Dietra Trent will be the keynote speaker at the Superintendent’s Luncheon. As Secretary of Education for Virginia, Dr. Trent promotes and implements the Governor’s education agenda, including eradicating the Achievement Gap, promoting great teaching and learning, and working with partners to strengthen educational pathways to the new Virginia Economy.

We look forward to hearing about great opportunities for our students in Virginia!

Coming Up: The Superintendent’s Luncheon: Our Students and Our Future

On November 20, 2017, business and community leaders will gather at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner for a luncheon to celebrate Fairfax County Public Schools and our community.  Hear from the new superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand, and other education leaders, and recognize the great work begin done in the school system to prepare our students for an exciting and innovative future.  The Foundation will present the FCPS Champion Award to First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, for her tireless work to end childhood hunger.  We will also recognize our Business and Community Partners of the Year.  Sponsorships and single tickets are available on our website’s events page.  Purchase yours today!

FCPS Champion Award: First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe

We are excited to announce that the Foundation for FCPS will present a special award at the Superintendent’s Luncheon to the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, for her work to end childhood hunger. Mrs. McAuliffe has worked with legislators, educators, and advocates to devote more resources to those in need, and to ensure that all young people have the tools to reach their full potential and lead us in the 21st century.

Here at FCPS, the First Lady’s work has directly resulted in an expansion of the breakfast program in 35 neediest schools, to help improve academic performance. Mrs. McAuliffe has partnered with the No Kid Hungry Virginia Campaign and with the General Assembly to increase funding to public schools for expanded food access, resulting in FCPS’s receiving over $231,000 in the past two years alone. She has been a tireless champion on this effort, and a national model in her commitment.Be sure to attend the luncheon and help us recognize this FCPS Champion! Purchase Tickets Here!

Foundation for FCPS Launches Fund to Cover Student Lunch Balances

The Foundation has launched a fundraising effort to pay off debt accrued by students on their meal accounts. A tally at the end of the 2016-2017 school year showed that students around the district owed FCPS approximately $13,000.

On June 6, the Foundation accepted its first contribution to this effort, a $6,000 gift from Viking Capital LLC, a real estate investment company in Washington DC. The company has a commitment to donate 10% of its profits to charitable causes. Elizabeth Murphy, Executive Director of the Foundation, stated “It’s wonderful to work with local community-minded organizations who identify a need and are able to make a real difference right away. The Foundation is committed to raising funds to eliminate these lunch balances, and Viking Capital has made a huge impact here.”

Interested donors can visit the Foundation’s secure portal and designate their contribution to “Erase School Lunch Balance” in the section marked OTHER.