The Foundation for FCPS invites teachers, counselors, and other school personnel to apply for its annual grant program for projects to be completed in the 2021-2022 school year. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the grant priorities have been modified this year. The Foundation will provide up to $1,500 for classroom initiatives that focus on one of three areas: continuity of learning, building or recovery of math and literacy skills, or social-emotional learning.
Detailed grant guidelines and a link to the application can be found here.
The application period will be March 22 through April 23, and funding will be provided in August for the 2021-22 school year. Please contact the Foundation office with questions at email@example.com or 571-423-1031.
The pandemic has impacted many of our students, especially those with limited access to food. During this season, the Foundation wants to be sure our neediest students can enjoy the simple pleasure of a holiday meal with family or friends. Project Cornucopia is a donation campaign that will provide gift cards that can be redeemed for groceries. This effort will run through December 31st. Click here to donate to Project Cornucopia.
For 150 years, Fairfax County Public Schools has been educating students to excel in all aspects of life. Today, thousands of FCPS alums are leaders in many sectors across the globe, from government and business to the arts and entertainment, science and technology, education and community service.
The Foundation is committed to creating a community of FCPS Alumni to help them engage with FCPS, its schools, students and fellow alumni. To learn more, please visit the Alumni page and submit your info form.
The COVID-19 crisis has had a dramatic impact on us all, and especially on our children. Disruptions to school, food insecurity, economic downtown and social distancing have had an even greater impact on the nearly 60,000 FCPS students in need. In the midst of this uncertainty and fear, the Fairfax community has responded with overwhelming kindness and generosity. To date, more than $500,000 has been raised through donations to our Access for All Fund, providing technology access and connectivity; as well as Collect for Kids, the annual effort to furnish school supplies for these students. This school year may look different for our students, but thanks to this outpouring of support, we can ensure they have the tools they need to succeed.
For more information on these efforts, please visit the “Impact” tab at the top of our website.
At its regular meeting on June 23, the board of directors of the Foundation for FCPS elected new leadership for the coming year. Congratulations to all!
Officers for 2020-2021
Chair: Len Forkas, Milestone Communications, Inc.
Vice Chair: Sunil Budhrani, M.D., Innovation Health
Treasurer: Jeri Fellerman
Secretary: Cindy Anderson, Boeing
More information on the Board of Directors can be found in the “About Us” tab on this website.
Capital One has donated $90,000 to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools (the Foundation) to support the purchase of MiFi units for students without internet connections in their homes during the COVID-19 quarantine. The units are being used to provide students in need with internet connectivity for up to five devices so that they can participate in classroom activities and distance learning.
To read more, or learn about the other ways Capital One supports our students, visit https://www.fcps.edu/news/capital-one-invests-fairfax-county-schools-support-student-connectivity-during-distance
Since 2016, Leidos has been sponsoring the First Robotics team at Chantilly High School. Learn about how Leidos’ support, including employee mentoring, is helping building the workforce of the future. To read more about this partnership and its impact on students, visit https://www.fcps.edu/blog/leidos-supports-workforce-development-through-project-based-learning
Watch a video of the Robotics team in action here
Your contributions have made it smoother for some of our neediest students. With your help, the Foundation’s “Access for All” fund has raised over $175,000 since March 13. The money has been used to :
* assist FCPS in delivering 30,000 school supply kits directly to students in Title I schools.
* purchase mobile wifi connections so students can learn at home.
* provide grocery gift cards for homeless or unaccompanied youth in FCPS.
* provide free adult meals to over 2,000 people at the FCPS Grab & Go sites.
* assist local food banks with funds to purchase food to be distributed to FCPS families.
Your response to “Access for All” has been heart-warming and gratifying. Thank you. The need is on-going and your continued support is much appreciated.
Funds raised at the Foundation will help to provide ACCESS for the nearly 60,000 students who live in poverty. These students need access to technology, school supplies, and connectivity, as well as nutrition.
FCPS and Food and Nutrition Services are providing “Grab and Go” meals at many sites and through bus route distribution. A listing of all food resources, including non-profit organizations that provide food assistance, in every area of the county are listed on the FCPS website.
From now until June 30th, the Foundation for FCPS will benefit from Whole Foods’ Nickels for Non-Profits program. Every time you re-use a bag at the stores below, Whole Foods will donate a nickel to the Foundation. The goal of the program is to reduce the use of new bags, while increasing funding for a local non-profit.
Participating stores: Fair Lakes, McLean, Springfield, Tysons Corner and Vienna.
Thank you Whole Foods – now let’s get shopping!
Teachers at Glen Forest Elementary School were awarded a Foundation for FCPS grant to provide a field trip for the 5th grade class to the Thinkabit Lab on the Falls Church campus of Virginia Tech. At the lab, students explore STEM related careers and assess their own strengths, interests and values. Then students work in teams, in the technical lab, to engineer, code and build a robo-craft. These creations were displayed in a gallery to the rest of the class, and everyone was able to gather valuable feedback and enjoy seeing what their classmates built. For many students, this was the first time they had been on a college campus, or a STEM lab, or had given thought to how specific careers could be related to STEM and what that actually meant. In many cases, visiting the lab was a catalyst to change student perspectives positively about STEM careers and what is possible for their future.