The Foundation for FCPS launched its inaugural Teacher Grant program in spring 2018, aimed at developing the workforce of the future. More than 70 creative and innovative proposals were submitted. The Board of Directors selected 28 projects for funding. Grant amounts ranged from $500-$2,500, and total amount to be distributed is $45,500. The grant program supports classroom initiatives that focus on enhancing work-based learning, career exploration, or workforce readiness opportunities for students in grades K-12. Proposals will be implemented in the 2018-19 school year. For more information, please visit our Teacher Grant page.
The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools is the recipient of the first grant from newly established Environment Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. The Foundation for FCPS received $25,000 in support of Get2Green, the environmental stewardship program within FCPS. The program’s goal is to integrate environmental stewardship into the PreK-12 curriculum throughout the entire school system. The grant will support a countywide implementation of new and continued environmental projects in over 30 schools, including expansion of Eco-Schools (a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation). Eco-Schools work toward awards through addressing specific environmental pathways at their schools, including Resource Stewardship, Schoolyard Gardens, and Community Stewardship.
“We are honored to be the first recipient of a grant from this new fund, especially as FCPS has a systemic commitment to energy reduction and conservation. This grant from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will enable more schools to participate in the Eco-Schools program, and increase student learning and engagement around the environment,” said Elizabeth Murphy, Executive Director of the Foundation for FCPS.
To find out more about Get2Green, visit their website, http://get2green.fcps.edu/.
When students at Julia Turnbull’s voice studio learned about the music therapy program at the Kilmer Center, they wanted to help. They held a charity karaoke hour at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA, and unanimously voted to donate all proceeds to music therapy. The students felt so strongly about giving to the Kilmer Center that they also held a bake sale, to offset the rental fees at Jammin’ Java, so that their contribution to Kilmer could be as large as possible. A huge Thank You to these dedicated musicians, who raised money through their own talents to help others in FCPS have the joy of music!
The Inova Health System presented the Foundation for FCPS with a $15,000 grant award on 4/19/18. Funds will support the Providing Access to Vaccines for Everyone (PAVE) Program. Through a unique partnership with George Mason University’s Mason and Partners (MAPS) Clinics, FCPS has established a primary care access point for families at the Dunn Loring Central Registration Site. The clinic provides access to basic medical care in order to expedite school entry. Since opening in July, 2017, FCPS and the MAPS Clinic have served over 750 students. Beginning in April, 2018, FCPS began offering free immunizations to students in order to remove barriers for school attendance. Funding from the Inova grant will support a registrar position, who will serve as a liaison to the families and provide translation services as needed. Thank you, Inova, for helping FCPS find creative ways to support some of our most vulnerable students!
Check out these great photos of students at Springfield Estates receiving their refurbished computers from the Chantilly Academy’s VA Star Club! The VA Star program teaches students new skills by showing them how to refurbish used computers, and gives them an opportunity to give back to their community by donating those computers to students in need. Find out more about this program on the VA Star website or make a contribution through the Foundation for FCPS. Help our students help others!
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.