The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools announces a $164,000 contribution from Innovation Health to expand the Safe Routes to Schools programs in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to seven additional elementary schools and five additional middle schools this spring. Funds will be used to purchase bikes, helmets, and storage units, allowing 12 additional schools to regularly participate in the program, and making Safe Routes to Schools more sustainable. Read more about it on the FCPS News website.
Eight FCPS schools participate in the VA Star program, an after-school club where students refurbish computers and donate them to families in their community who need one for their home. Poe Middle School held its “Bridging the Gap” event on Monday, February 26 and gave away 12 computers to excited students and their families. Find out more about VA Star on their website.
Our community partners are hard at work to prepare for the 2018 “Collect for Kids” drive for school supplies and backpacks. Find out about this amazing effort and how you can participate on the Collect for Kids website, www.collectforkids.org. Make a contribution or find out how your organization can become a part of it!
Congratulations to the Frost Middle School CyberPatriot teams, who finished in first and third place in the Middle School Division in Virginia’s competition. Coach Julie Healy said “Frost has four CyberPatriot teams made up of mostly eighth graders. Our Millennium Falcons team is an eighth grade, first-year CyberPatriot team that placed first in state. Frost Bytes has one returning CyberPatriot from last year and one seventh grader, and they placed third in the state. This is Frost’s second year of competition and the second time Frost has placed first in state competition.” Funding from the Foundation for FCPS was provided to launch CyberPatriot teams in ten middle schools over the past two years. Members of the Millennium Falcons team are Gregory Byun, Darius Kianersi, Darin Mao, and Sam Park. Frost Bytes team members are Samik Bhinge, Daniel Sitrin, Joseph Stefanski, Tony Tran, and James Tury. Congratulations to all!
The Foundation for FCPS has received a $100,000 grant award from the Boeing Company to support the Edison High School pyramid STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) curriculum.
Specifically, the grant will provide equipment and recruitment tools for the Global STEM Challenges program, a three-year interdisciplinary program in which students engage in problem-based challenges connected to the real-world. The grant will also provide new STEM curriculum elements for grades K-8, and support both classroom activities and after-school programs in the Edison pyramid schools. Boeing engineers will participate in some of the after-school activities as well as continue to provide support to students in the program.
“Boeing is dedicated to preparing and inspiring the next generation of innovators, engineers, dreamers, and doers,” said Jason Pak, Boeing Global Engagement community investor. “Our ongoing partnership with the Foundation and investment in Fairfax County Public Schools further expands hands-on STEM learning opportunities to students at all levels.”
Elizabeth Murphy, executive director of the Foundation, stated, “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Boeing to increase STEM opportunities for our students. The work that they are supporting will be replccable throughout the district and make a huge impact on our students.”
Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company. Its charitable giving strategy includes a commitment to developing tomorrow’s innovators through investments in STEM education and 21st century skills required in today’s modern workplace. More information can be found on their Global Engagement website.
In December, the Foundation for FCPS sent a plea to FCPS staff for gift cards to help homeless unaccompanied students. As they always do, FCPS employees responded immediately and the donations rolled in, raising $7,200 in cash and gift cards.
The FCPS Homeless Liaison Office serves homeless students without a parent or guardian in our county. As can be imagined, it is a tremendous challenge for these students to live on their own and continue to be enrolled in school. The donated gift cards were presented to the Homeless Liaison office to allow these students to purchase basic needs such as food, medicine, clothing and hygiene supplies. Upon receiving the multitude of gift cards Kathi Sheffel, FCPS Homeless Liaison, reported that she was overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness of her fellow FCPS employees. Gift cards not handed out in December will be handed out to students throughout 2018, as the needs are ongoing.
If you are interested in donating gift cards for homeless students, please email Kathi Sheffel at Kathi.firstname.lastname@example.org. Prefer to send a monetary donation? Donate online to the Foundation for FCPS and select our Kids In Need Fund. To learn more about services for homeless students go to the FCPS Website.
FCPS teachers and staff work tirelessly to ensure Fairfax County students receive the best education possible! As part of our Employee Recognition initiative, the Foundation for FCPS collaborates with the FCPS HR department to celebrate the outstanding achievements of FCPS employees through the annual FCPS Honors Gala. This year the event will take place June 6th at the George Mason Center for the Arts.
The EDDY (the official award of the FCPS Honors) is awarded to top employees in categories that include Outstanding: Teacher, New Teacher, Principal, New Principal, FCPS Leader and many more. The Foundation is actively seeking corporate and community sponsorship of the FCPS Honors. In addition, individuals making a donation to Employee Recognition programming are encouraged to make a donation in honor of a valued current or past FCPS staff member. All donors of $100 or more will be listed in the FCPS Honors printed program. To find out more about how you can support the FCPS Honors go to our FCPS Honors Event Page. Interested in nominating an FCPS employee for an EDDY award? Check out the FCPS Website to get the official nominating criteria.
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.
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.