January is National Mentoring Month

"Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters" is the 2015 theme of National Mentoring Month, and Fairfax County Public Schools is prepared to support you to become that "someone." FCPS has an efficient and effective MentorWorks program complete with a training component. There's nothing stopping you, learn more now!

Seeing the Bigger Picture

This year Fairfax County Public Schools and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation established four new partnerships, all in the Lee High School Pyramid. On October 14th, select Lee High students ventured to FedEx Field for the Annual 4th and Life Forum. At the forum, students had the opportunity to listen to Washington players Darrel Young, Shawn Lauvao, Tyler Polumbus, and Akeem Davis who shared their experiences from high school to the NFL of balancing family, school, work and high intensity football. The players also discussed the importance of envisioning life and a career after football and developing and maintaining a moral compass for success in life. Thank you to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation for supporting Fairfax County Public Schools.

Time Warner Cable is Connecting a Million Minds.

Hutchison Elementary School, now in its fifth year as partner with Time Warner Cable, has been the recipient of about $200,000 in donations from the company -- not including the many volunteer hours that Time Warner Cable employees provide to the school. 

In December 2014 the company gave another $28,000 to the school to support their partnership including a dynamic Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab. 

Time Warner is Cable and their Connect a Million Minds program makes for an exceptional partner.  Thank you for your support.

HourS of Code?  It’s Code Week!

The second week in December is Code Week and Agilex, Google, and Neustar are playing host to high school students from several schools in FCPS for an Hour of Code.  Wednesday Neustar welcomed students from Falls Church and Marshall Academies for a cool project -- coding apps for smart phones. CoderDojo a volunteer-led organization created to encourage creativity and fun arrives with the laptops, other tools and sunglasses, and leads the coding the sessions.  Northern Virginia Community College and their SySTEMic Solutions effort support FCPS by organizing code week. 

This is what partnering is all about!


Sparking a New Partnership

Edison Academy Electrical Construction and Engineering Students have a new partner in Local 26  – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  Together they will enhance the exceptional program at Edison Academy with field trips, guest lecturers and donations.  One goal of the partnership, to make it possible for more students to be certified through the Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills program. 

Thank you Local 26 for sparking the initiative and inking a partnership with Edison Academy.

Thanks for Giving

On behalf of Superintendent Karen K. Garza and the entire Fairfax County Public Schools team, the office of business and community partnerships would like to thank you for giving your time, energy, and resources.

We live in an exceptional community.  It is exceptional because you are a part of this community and you are engaged. 

How engaged? 

Take a look at some of the reasons we are grateful:

  • 29 new official partnerships (2013-14), the most since 2007.
  • 30,400 students served via Collect for Kids (2014), up 84.2% since 2011
  • 139 donation submissions totaling 2,749 items via the FCPS donations portal including a replica 1965 Shelby Cobra
  • $500,000+ in monetary donations, direct in-kind donations, and sponsorships 

We hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving.  Thanks for Giving!

Workforce Development Partnership with Wheat’s Landscaping, Inc.

Wheat’s Landscaping, Inc. recently inked a partnership with Edison Academy, specifically their small engine repair and landscape architecture and turf management programs. 

They signed the partnership agreement in the school’s courtyard where together they have worked to turn what some called “the jungle” into an outdoor learning environment.  The partnership also includes classroom speakers, job shadow programs, support for SkillsUSA competitions, and more. 

Thank you Wheat’s Landscaping!

Thank You!

Thanks to our many supporters and partners, the 2014 Collect for Kids effort served and estimated 30,400 students in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Collect for Kids aims to ensure that every child in Fairfax County is prepared for school. Today, some 50,000 students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are eligible to receive Free & Reduced Priced Meals, and Collect for Kids helps provide these students with basic and necessary school supplies.

This year’s effort represents a 23.8% increase in the number of students served in 13 (24,557 students served), and an 84.2% increase since the program’s inception in 2010 (16,500 students served).

You say WOW!  We say thank you.

An Amazingly Good Donations Story

  • A Be Amazing! toy store employee named Renee forgets her iPad on an airplane.
  • Tina, a Fairfax County resident and former FCPS teacher finds and returns the iPad.
  • Renee is happy and thanks Tina with an offer…”How can I repay you?”
  • Tina suggests a donation to Parklawn Elementary School.
  • Be Amazing! is amazing and agrees and then ships the following to Parklawn ES:

6    Pop Top Rockets
6    PBS Growing Gators
6    PBS Test Tube Explorers
6    PBS Snow Explosions
6    Outrageous Science
6    Newton’s Antics
12  Geyser Tube
12  Energy Stick

Interested in donating to FCPS?  Use the FCPS Donations Portal

Lockheed Martin Helps Students Start the Year with Supplies

Dogwood Elementary and the Lockheed Martin Corporation have enjoyed a partnership for 12 years.  This year, and without a request, Lockheed employees took it upon themselves to have a backpack and school supply drive for students at the school. 

Thanks to their generosity, Dogwood now has 50 backpacks and a load of school supplies for any child in need.  Thank you Lockheed Martin.


Expanding Visions Survey Results – Very High Marks!

When surveying volunteers who participated in Expanding Visions (EV) program, a program developed by Exxon Mobil Corporation to encourage seventh grade students in the fields of math, science and technology, the results were overwhelmingly positive.

  • 100%of respondents stated they would recommend participation to colleagues at their company or organization.
  • 96% would recommend it to colleagues at other companies.
  • 100% of parent volunteers would recommend participation to other parents.

Thank you to our Expanding Visions partners, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Dewberry, Engility, Inova Health System, Lockheed Martin, National Park Service, and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Learn more about Expanding Visions including the program’s goals and components, and complete results of the
2013-14 EV Volunteer Survey here.

Samaritans Collect for Kids

Members of The Kings Chapel donated 132 backpacks in August in support of the Western Fairfax Collect for Kids volunteersChristianMinistries(WFCM) Collect for Kids drive. The donation helps WFCM close thegap in providing necessary school supplies to students in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Collect for Kids is public private partnership between local non-for-profit organizations, for profit companies, and local government that provides local children in economically challenged situations with the basic school supplies needed to begin the school year on equal footing with their peers.  For more information about Collect for Kids and to donate, visit   Fairfax County Public Schools is grateful to The Kings Chapel and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries for their charitable support.  Thank you!

Three Local Business Entities Honored by the
Virginia School Boards Association and FCPS
School Board and Dr. Garza

Apple Federal Credit Union, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and Time Warner Cable were recognized by proclamation as members of the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association Business Honor Roll by the Fairfax County School Board.  Representatives from each of the business partner organizations were presented with certificates and joined the Board for photographs. 

Congratulations and thank you for supporting Fairfax County Public Schools.


A City Year equals a Day of Giving

city year picture

In June, Clearview Elementary School in Herndon was the recipient of a City Year Day of Giving -- an event at which some 100 volunteers from local and far away companies gave their time, sweat, hearts, smarts and hands to paint murals, build a butterfly garden, construct benches and picnic tables and more. 

City Year is a not-for-profit and a member of the AmeriCorps network who support schools throughout the country with service days.  Along with Fairfax County, on June 12, City Year teams worked on projects in Chicago, New York City, Raleigh and San Antonio.

Nothing Greater in McLean

The Greater McLean Chamber recently honored outstanding students, educators fromLangley and McLean High Schools at its annual Education AwardsBreakfast at J. Gilbert’s.

This year's Langley High School Award winners include: Mclean Chamber Members

  • Student of the Year: Hanna Hunt
  • Teacher of the Year: Leah Puhlick

McLean High School recipients include: 

  • Student of the Year: Kayla Waysome
  • Teacher of the Year: Barbara Ruff

Thank you McLean Chamber, for supporting Fairfax County Public Schools and honoring excellence.

Bookfair Supporting FCPS MentorWorks

What are you Reading this Summer?  On Saturday, June 21st Barnes & Noble Fairfax will host a bookfair in which proceeds will support of Fairfax County Public Schools MentorWorks program.  

MentorWorks aims to connect every student to a caring, responsible adult mentor.  Mentors provide guidance and structure to youth allowing for greater opportunities of self-esteem and self-confidence development.  Support the student school-based mentoring programs in Fairfax County Public Schools by participating in the Barnes & Noble Fairfax Bookfair and meet your summer reading goals.

For more information, view the bookfair vouchers here and visit the MentorWorks website.


A Time to Celebrate Partnerships

Fairfax County Public Schools honored five business and community partners for their contributions to students and schools at the 2014 Celebrate Partnerships event, held May 29 at Mason Inn at George Mason University (GMU) in conjunction with the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships.

The Bruce Oliver Leadership Awards were also given out. This award honors Fairfax County Public Schools staff members and business or community leaders who are directly involved in partnerships. Honorees have been chosen by their peers as exceptional leaders, committed to improving student achievement.

Details about winners

Bridges With a Musical Foundation

At Cunningham Park Elementary, parents and community members have founded the BRIDGES: Harmony through Music Program.  Created to empower students, BRIDGES has a long term vision of building student’s musical and social skills within a musical ensemble. This program also recognizes the importance of the family in a student's trajectory and offers support through workshops and opportunities to engage in the student's school.   

Involvement and support of the Vienna community is helping bring the program to more students.  If you’re interested in supporting this dynamic afterschool program, contact Bonny Tynch at Cunningham Park Elementary.

Concert and Competition.

Rather than sing alone, two students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology recently performed at the regional FIRST Robotics Competition by inviting students from each robotics team to join them to sing the National Anthem.

Competing in FIRST Robotics is the ultimate Sport for the Mind™ as FIRST inspires young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership – through thrilling team-based robotics competitions.


Nominations Open for Celebrate Partnerships Awards Ceremony

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Business and Community Partnerships Awards, a combined effort of Fairfax County Public Schools and the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships.

Awards recognize the valuable contributions being made by business and organization partners increasing awareness of the importance of civic involvement in issues impacting quality of life.

Nomination packets are available at and are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4.

The Celebrate Partnerships Awards Ceremony will be Monday, May 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m at the Mason Inn at George Mason University, with light refreshments served at 2:30 p.m.


Stem-H Expo Excites and Entices Students to Explore Academy Courses

STEM-H Expo at Chantilly HSOn February 22, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) high school academies hosted a STEM-H (science, technology, engineering, math, and health and medical sciences) Expo at Chantilly High School. The expo included a keynote address, several breakout sessions and exhibitors with demonstrations.

The STEM-H Expo was made possible by generous donations from platinum level sponsors, including ExxonMobil, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., SRC, Inc., CVCA - Cardiac Care for Pets, Entertainment Industries Council, Hensel Phelps, Microsoft, Micron Technology, Inc., Reston Hospital Center, and gold and silver level sponsors.

Congratulations academy team and thank you sponsors.


Featuring Time Warner Cable's Generosity of Time and Money

Student working in STEM programCheck presentation to Hutchison ESTime Warner Cable, partnered with Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon, presented a check for $35,000.00 to an emotional principal Judy Baldwin and the school’s staff. The funds support aspects of their award winning partnership including a dynamic Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) lab where Hutchison students immerse themselves in interactive hands-on STEM activities. Thank you Time Warner Cable!



January is National Mentoring Month

Be a mentorFairfax County Public Schools mentoring mission is to connect every student to a caring, responsible adult. Become a mentor! FCPS encourages individuals and business or community groups to sign up as mentors - and we'll make it easy for your. Learn more.






Caroling in the Concourse
United Airlines Sponsors FCPS Student Musicians who Perform at Dulles Airport


FCPS Student MusiciansThroughout December, student musicians from Springfield Estates Elementary School; Cooper, Franklin, Poe and Thoreau Middle Schools; and Chantilly, Herndon, Marshall, Oakton and West Springfield High Schools performed for Dulles International Airport visitors. From roaming carolers, to string chamber ensembles, to brass and woodwind players, the students were well received by visitors. The Thoreau MS orchestra director, Heather Yacovissi, says “The response was incredibly enthusiastic,” making this sort of real life assessment, real positive. Thank you United Airlines and Navy Federal Credit Union and school PTA’s for supporting this effort.



Time Warner Cable Hosts 4th Annual Golf Outing to Support Hutchison Elementary

 IMG_8322Torrential rain and temperatures in the 40’s were not enough to keep some 140 golfers away from the 4th Charity Golf Classic Presented by Time Warner Cable at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club. The tournament raises tens of thousands of dollars for Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon and supports initiatives there including: math mentoring, robotics, career day, a school supply drive, and Connect a Million Minds or CAMM Day. Along with TWC, thank you to the event’s sponsors:

Platinum: mPortal, Neustar, Syniverse, Convergence Acceleration Solutions, Netscout, iconectiv.

Gold: Ericsson, Empirix, CA Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, Adobe.

Silver: Wedo Technologies, Comcast Wholesale, Casa Systems, Infinera, Apex, Intrado, Tellabs, Level 3 Communications, Peerless Network, MRV Optical Communications Systems, Xerocole.

Hole Sponsors: TEK Systems, AT&T, Excelacom.

Beverage Cart Sponsor : Convergence Accelerations Solutions (CAS).

Time Warner Cable is Fairfax County Public Schools 2013-14 Business Partner of the Year.


1965 Shelby Cobra Donation Rolls into FCPS

Cobra - Car DonationA Factory Five replica of a 1965 Shelby Cobra was recently donated to the automotive technologies program in FCPS and becomes an exceptional teaching tool for students.

All donated vehicles are put through a 253-point student inspection to determine its road worthiness. Donated vehicles fall into one of three categories: educational significant (teaching tool); repairable and road worthy; and, ready to be recycled. This one’s a teaching tool.

In recent years, FCPS has received several high-end vehicle donations including a 1924 Ford Model T, ‘54 Chevrolet , ‘71 El Camino, a dune buggy, a ‘48 Dodge convertible, and several Corvettes.

A special thank you is extended to the donors of this vehicle, who chose to remain anonymous. Visit the FCPS Donations Portal if you’re interested in donating your muscle car or minivan.

Photograph by Emily Beagles
Professional Photography Studio 2 Class
Fairfax Academy


Character Counts at Fort Belvoir Elementary and on Base

Fort Belvior Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship -- the six pillars of the Character Counts program were introduced and reinforced each month last school year at Fort Belvoir Elementary School by military men and women from Fort Belvoir. Beginning in November of 2013, military leaders intend to “turn it up a notch” by promoting Character Counts beyond the school house to the folks who live and work on the army base. Along with increased emphasis, school personnel and base commanders are devising a way to measure success of the character education program – a program nationally recognized and locally strong – Army Strong! Thank you Fort Belvoir, for partnering with Fairfax County Public Schools.


Hampton's Helpers!

Hampton University AlumniThe 62 member strong northern Virginia chapter of National Hampton Alumni Association supported the 2013 Collect for Kids effort by collecting and donating 47 backpacks. Through the Collect for Kids effort, the backpacks were sent to the FCPS Homeless Liaison’s Office where they will be given to students eligible for free or reduced priced meals. The Association selected Collect for Kids because of their “amazing infrastructure.” Now they hope to partner with FCPS in broader ways. Thank you Hampton University Alumni, the first university to group to support Collect for Kids.



Volunteers for Change Members Assemble School Supply Kits

Description: Description: C:\Users\jpgarant\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\0NMET6LN\VFC Backpack Assembly - Clothes Sort (2).jpgTwenty-three Volunteers for Change (VFC) members assembled school supply kits in preparatation of the first Annandale Pyramid Back-to-School Resource Fair sponsored by the FCPS Homeless Liaison’s Office. 25% of the student population in Fairfax County Public Schools is eligible for free or reduced priced meals, and this project targeted an area where as many as 50% are eligible. Volunteer Fairfax mobilized the folks from Volunteers for Change who assemble some 400 kits. Thank you Volunteers for Change and Volunteer Fairfax for you support.


Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation and Girl Scout Troop 3419 Partner to Support Students

Girl ScoutsStudents at Dranesville Elementary School, who might otherwise start school without school supplies, have been supported by Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation and Girl Scout Troop 3419. Troop 3419 raised $600 selling cookies, goods at a yard and bake sale and holding a lemonade stand. $1,600 was added to effort by the credit union. NWFCU Foundation, working with FCPS and the Collect for Kids network, also served as the perfect partner for Troop 3419 as they teamed to stuff the backpacks. Smiles all around -- from donors to recipients. Thank you NWFCU Foundation, and Girl Scout Troop 3419!


Collect for Kids Support Continues to GrowCFK Support

Apple Federal Credit Union, NBC4, WMZQ, Little Caesars, and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue gathered in Kingstown on August 21, 2013 to raise awareness for Collect for Kids, one of regions largest the school supply and backpack collection networks. At the event, generous visitors donated backpacks and supplies. To learn more about Collect for Kids and donate, visit





Collect for Kids has friends at the National G Club

collect4kidsround2collect4kidsround21Members of the National G Club, car enthusiast of Infiniti G Class vehicles, conducted collection events for Collect for Kids and gathered some 100 backpacks. They plan to deliver the backpacks to an Apple Federal Credit Union on August 31. All Apple FCU and Northwest Federal Credit Union branches serve as collection sites. Thank you National G Club for your total “awesomeness!”


The 3rd Annual Char-a-oke Fundraiser!

charaoke2012The Fairfax Chamber and the Education Foundation, a partnership between the Chamber and Fairfax County Public Schools, invites members to the 3rd Annual Char-a-oke Fundraiser! All proceeds benefit the Education Foundation, which allow businessess to work with our public school system to educate our region's future workforce! It will be held Thursday, August 29 6:00- 9:00 p.m. at the Barns of Wolf Trap. Don't miss out on performances by some of the best known members of the business community. Putting together a corporate team provides an opportunity for employee engagement, networking and community involvement. To register visit:!


Weightlessness -- Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

Northrop GrummanHughes Middle School in Reston and Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church, are among the 65 middle schools nationwide to be sending students to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.  Generously sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation four FCPS students and two teachers will explore STEM subjects by building and launching rockets, experiencing weightlessness in a simulator and simulate space travel preparation.  The U.S. Space and Rocket Center from July 27 to August 1.  Thank you Northrop Grumman!



BB&T Lighthouse Projects in Action!

BB&T VolunteersOn June 11, Greenbriar West Elementary and Luther Jackson Middle Schools welcomed volunteers from local BB&T branches.  At Greenbriar the BB&T team was digging, tilling, building and planting in the school’s courtyard – making curriculum based improvements.  At Jackson, a different bank team was cataloging, labeling and shelving donated books.  More $10,000 in supplies was donate to the schools and some 200 volunteer hours valued at an addition $4,500.  Thank you BB&T for supporting FCPS!



NWFCU Honors Scholarship Recipients

7th annual awards banquetNorthwest Federal Credit Union recently donated $20,000 to their four school partners and honored their 2013 scholarship recipients at their 7th Annual Awards Banquet.   Through partnerships with Dranesville Elementary School, Louise Archer Elementary School, Rachel Carson Middle School and Herndon High School, the NWFCU Foundation provides monetary grants to fund professional development, hosts educational seminars and teaches valuable financial education lessons to students.  Thank you NWFCU Foundation!


FCPS Honors Five Business and Community Partners at Annual Celebrate Partnerships Event

Close up of awardsFairfax County Public Schools honored five business and community partners for their contributions to students and schools at the 2013 Celebrate Partnerships event, held May 20 at Mason Inn at George Mason University (GMU) in conjunction with the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships.

The Bruce Oliver Leadership Awards were also given out. This award honors Fairfax County Public Schools staff members and business or community leaders who are directly involved in partnerships. Honorees have been chosen by their peers as exceptional leaders, committed to improving student achievement.

Learn more about the 2013 winners.

Online at Home

Families in Fairfax County Public Schools may be eligible for low-cost Internet at home through a national program called Connect2Compete in which Cox Communications is participating.  If you have a child enrolled in the free school lunch program, you may be eligible for Internet service for $9.95 a month and a free modem rental from Cox. To learn more about and apply, call toll free 1-855-222-3252 or visit



Green Energy!

Volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power gave of their time, energy and expertise at NoVA Outside, a School Environmental Action Showcase that took place inside and outside on the campus of George Mason University.  NoVA Outside is an alliance of environmental educators, and at the event, student teams shared their efforts to learn about and practice environmental stewardship.  Thank you Dominion Virginia Power for supporting Fairfax County Public Schools Get2Green programs and NoVA Outside.


It's on the Market

The Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE) invites you to an open house to celebrate the fourth student-build home in Spring Village Estates. Project “Spring Village” eventually will grow into a community of 18 homes.View the listing and photos: Learn about FATE:



Nominations Submitted - Judging Completed

Judging for the 2013 Celebrate Partnerships Award Ceremony took place in early April. This year some 50 nominations were submitted. Thank you to our wonderful team of judges who represent businesses, community groups and Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools employees. Awards will be presented on Monday, May 20, 2013 at George Mason University’s Mason Inn. Because space must be limited to our nominees, the Celebrate Partnerships Award Ceremony is an “invite only” event.



Cyber Sweep

Cyber SweepThe CyberPatriot Team from Chantilly Academy is the Open Division National Champion of the CyberPatriot V National Finals Competition. Runner-Up and 3rd place went two teams from Marshall Academy. The Northrop Grumman Foundation, presenting sponsor of CyberPatriot, and the Air Force Association were hosts of the CyberPatriot V National Finals Competition held March 15 at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md. CyberPatriot is the premier high school cyber defense competition that's inspiring students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Thank you Northrop Grumman! Congratulations Chantilly and Marshall Academies.

A Barnes & Noble Cause

A Barnes & Noble CauseThis holiday season, Barnes & Noble in the Fair Lakes Promenade teamed with four schools in Fairfax County to help put new and age-appropriate books in the hands of children who might otherwise go without. Students at Fairfax High School, Lanier Middle Schools, and Riverside and Woodley Hills Elementary Schools were the recipients of more than 2,300 books donated by customers to the store from November 15 through December 31. All of the books were given to students enrolled in the free or reduced priced meal program. Thank you Barnes & Noble!

Time Warner Cable Works to Connect a Million Minds and helps with $102,000.00 in Donations

Time Warner Check Surprise

The partnership between Time Warner Cable and Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon took another giant leap forward with a one-time $70,000.00 donation, making their three year total of giving $102,000.00. 

The partnership’s primary activities fall under the company’s CAMM or Connect a Million Minds initiative which exposes students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career experiences through an after school robotics club, book donations, field trips, Math Literacy Night, and more.  In the first two years of the partnership, Time Warner Cable employees have also donated 700 service hours to the school and students.  Thank you Time Warner Cable!


Thank You McDonald's Owner/Operators of Fairfax County!

McDonalds Check Presentation

Raising funds for schools is nothing new for area McDonald’s, but a visit from Ronald McDonald and Owner/Operators from PJ & HR Inc., Rhee McDonald’s Natl., and Van Management, Inc. made the check presentation more fun. The funds raised go to specific “partnered schools,” while about $1,600 of it is going to the FCPS Teacher Mini Grants program. Thank you McDonald’s!

Read more: McDonald’s Donates $4,200 to Fairfax County Schools (Connection Newspaper)

Donate Your Used Vehicle to FCPS – Even Antique Ones

A 1924 Ford Model T was donated by a generous citizen to FCPS in December 2012 and the car was brought to the automotive technology team at Lake Braddock Secondary School. The plan is to get the “Lizzie” running again an1924 Model Td use it as a teaching tool – all with help from members of local Model T clubs.

The teachers and students do not plan to do any body work or painting because, according to Trade & Industrial Education program manager Chad Maclin, we want to be “good stewards of a piece of history.” Science, art, and history classes also get to take a gander at the historic car, plus it might be used as an interest piece during a special event like a homecoming parade.

The FCPS online Donations Portal, found here, makes donating easy! Donors will receive assistance in coordinating pick-up or delivery, and acknowledgment of their gift suitable for tax purposes.

Read more: Ford Model T ‘a diamond’ donation (Washington Post)


The Warmth of the Giving Season

Partnering with private corporations and local businesses, Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics spDonation of coats for Operation Webonsored the 15th Annual Firefighters Holiday Rescuer's Toy Distribution, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Penn Daw Fire and Rescue Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.  Area students from FCPS are recipients of the gifts which include winter coats provided through a partnership with Operation Warm.  Operation Warm is also partnered with the FCPS Homeless Liaison Office.



Keller Williams Realty Donates Winter Coats

Realtors donate coatsStudents who visited the Annandale High School Coat Closet and Bailey’s Elementary School’s Boutique were the recipients of some holiday cheer and the warmth of a new winter coat. Some 100 coats and lots of hats, gloves and scarves were generously donation to students by employees from Keller Williams Realty. Thank you Keller Williams! If you are interesting in donating winter coats through our connections to Operation Warm, please contact Sherry Noud, FCPS Social Worker at 571-423-4358.




Hutchison Elementary School's Partner Hits a Hole in One

Hutchison Elementary School students welcome golfers singing a twist on a baseball classic “Take me out to the golf course.”  The students, Superintendent of Jack D. Dale and others thanked Time Warner Cable and a host of other sponsors for supporting the Third Annual TWC Charity Golf Classic which raises thousands of dollars for Hutchison Elementary School/Time Warner Cable projects including the Math Mentoring Program, Robotics Program, Career Day, School Supply Drive, and Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) Day – Cracking the Codes in the Wireless World.  Thank you Time Warner Cable and all of your partners for supporting Hutchison Elementary School.


School Supply Donation Thank You to Northwest Federal Credit Union

The always generous team at Northwest Federal Credit Union and the Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation supported Collect for Kids with an exceptional 2012 donation:

  • Collected 53 backpacks and $922.25 from employees and credit union members.
  • Donated an additional $1,954.61 from the philanthropic arm known as the NWFCU Foundation.

The bulk of NWFCU’s donation supported students at Louise Archer Elementary School, while some $1,000 is earmarked for school supplies to support young learners at Westgate Elementary School.  Thank You Northwest Federal Credit Union!


Turn $1 into $4 of School Supplies

Business and community groups interested in donating school supplies to Fairfax students who might otherwise go without now have exceptional buying power. Let us connect you to the Collect for Kids network which will make donating school supplies ultra efficient and cost effective. Fill a backpack with quality school supplies for about $10.  Visit the Collect for Kids web site to learn more. 


Groundbreaking at Wolftrap Elementary for Candace Leyton Learning Lab

Thanks to the Shumway Foundation and former Wolftrap student Chris Shumway, a freestanding learning lab is being constructed at Wolftrap ES in honor of Candice Leyton a former teacher at the school who inspired

Chris and others to reach beyond a classroom’s walls when learning.  Construction is anticipated to be completed Winter 2013.  More Information.



Hopecam and FCPS Establish Partnership to Serve Homebound Students

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and Hopecam have established a formal partnership expanding opportunities for homebound students to communicate with classmates via web cameras and conferencing software.  News Release. Hopecam Website.




57th Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

sciencefairThank you corporate and professional organizations for supporting of the 57th Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  




School System, McLean Project for the Arts Announce Partnership (Sun Gazette)


Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) have established a formal partnership, with an emphasis on providing exhibition tours and hands-on art projects for students in local elementary schools. Tours, conducted by professional art educators, will demonstrate art principles and incorporate concepts included in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) guidelines. The partnership will also provide guest artists to conduct workshops at schools; bring artists-in-residence to students; offer programs designed to meet the needs of middle and high school special education classes, and provide exhibition space for the annual Youth Art Show in March and for student artwork at the MPAartfest.


Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce Event Support STEM

It was a Jackpot for Student Scholarships at the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Casino Night.   According to the chamber’s president Eileen Curtis, the funds align generated and donated align with the chamber’s mission and that of FCPS, “The Dulles Regional Chamber is a workforce chamber andwe count tomorrow’s workforce as a critical component of solving our workforce issues and training today’s students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competencies. Our fundraiser raises money forourSTEM scholarships that go to our six partner high schools.”  Thank your DRCC and event sponsors:  The Westfields Marriott Hotel, Fantasy World Entertainment, JJDJ Entertainment, Systems Furniture Gallery, Wanda Alexis Alexander, LLC.  Photographed: Centreville High School Principal Michael Campbell and DRCC president Eileen Curtis.


Library READesigned!

Students at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School join Principal Marie Lemmon at the school’s Library READesign ribbon cutting ceremony. The READesign was a several week renovation of the school’s library that included technology enhancements, new carpet and furniture and a very large book donation. The effort was managed by the Heart of America Foundation and sponsored by Capital One. BEFORE and AFTER photos. For more information, check out the News Release.


Pastor, Student and Principal Sign Partnership Agreement

Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon and Herndon Elementary inked their partnership on Friday, February 3.   The partnership allows Trinity to provide tutors to help students with math, science, reading and other subjects; support the leadership of clubs; provide coats, shoes and other clothes to students who may need them; donate books, and more.  Thank you partnering Trinity!



New Greenbriar McDonalds has Purple Pride!

chantillymcdonaldsThe newly renovated McDonalds Restaurant in the Chantilly’s Greenbriar Town Center has color splashes of purple and white -- the same colors as nearby Chantilly High School. Owned and operated by Van Management, “Chantilly’s” McDonalds took the connection to the school a significant step further by partnering with staff and students. In the photograph with Ronald McDonald and other McDonalds employees are Chantilly High School marketing students, staff members, and dignitaries from the county and FCPS. Thank you for partnering Van Management McDonalds.


Time Warner Cable donates to Hutchison Elementary

Hutchison Elementary students and staff were able to demonstrate their new STEM lab to its benefactors, Time Warner Cable, and to FCPS and Fairfax County dignitaries. After witnessing the demonstrations, everyone was entertained by a group of 2nd grade singers and by students from all grade levels who read letters they had written expressing their gratitude for the lab. Following the singing and the letters, Time Warner presented the school with all the proceeds from a golf tournament they held on September 30.


Financial Literacy Online Course Donation

Financial Literacy Online Course DonationFairfax County Public Schools is collaborating with the Genworth Foundation to bring high schools an online financial literacy course called My Money, My Future.

Developed by Washington, D.C.-based EverFi, Inc and funded by Genworth and Northern Virginia-based Cardinal Bank, My Money, My Future supplements the existing financial literacy curriculum for Virginia high school teachers. It provides the training and tools necessary for teachers to teach mandated financial literacy education in the state’s high schools. More


November State of the Schools Report - Business and Community Partnerships

The November State of the Schools Report, which discusses business and community partnerships, appeared in last week's Connection Newspapers. 


Principal Gfeller at Your Service

McDonald's employee assisting children with foodCamelot Elementary School Principal Craig Gfeller serves his students at a school fundraiser at the Merrifield McDonald’s.  As part of a partnership with Van Management McDonald’s, $450 was raised for the school. 

This year, $10,700 dollars has been donated to six schools by Van Management McDonald’s which is partnered with 7 schools in our county. 

The new standard Happy Meal comes with a burger or 4 nuggets, apple slices, 1.1 oz. fries, and a fat free milk


FCPS Discount Program Benefits You. If you are a business person looking for a dynamic way to reach new customers with discounts and rebates, Fairfax County Public Schools' approved online employee discount program called Savings for Staff, may be for you. Click here to learn more about offering your goods and services through a personal online savings resource that has the potential to reach some 45,000 FCPS employees and retirees.

Bob's Discount Furniture Donation

A $10,000 Donation was recently made by Bob's Discount FurnitureA $10,000 Donation was recently made by Bob's Discount Furniture. $5,000 went to Kent Gardens Elementary, and five $1,000 donations to Falls Church and Stuart High Schools, Longfellow Middle School, Haycock and Shrevewood Elementary Schools.

Google Earth Partnership

Google Earth PartnershipGoogle and FCPS complete 2010-11 Google Earth partnership with showcase of dynamic student work. The partnership trained educators to create curriculum packets supporting geography, math, science and history lessons. The showcase demonstrated that the packets work - as students "wowed" participants with science and geography based mapping projects and useful 3D SketchUp drawings.

Give Me Five Launch

Give Me Five LaunchFairfax County Public Schools launches its Give Me Five initiative - 5 Ways to Partner by creatively highlighting Return on Investment (ROI) opportunities for partners.  Learn more about the Give Me Five initiative

Greenspring Retirement Community Gives Back to FCPS Through Generous Donation

Greenspring Retirement Community Gives back to FCPS through generous donationGreenspring and its parent company Erickson Living has donated volunteer time and a total of $9,000 to Hayfield Secondary, and Lee, Madison and West Springfield high schools.  The donations are support the various projects at the school in this spring’s All Night Grad parties, purchases of technology.  Thank you Greenspring and the people that you serve for your generous and thoughtful support of FCPS.  Pictured are volunteer judges from Greenspring who were at Madison High School to judge a culinary competition.

Kent Gardens Inks Partnership With Naval Surface Warfare Center (Sun Gazette)

U.S. Navy Capt. Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, who served as chief engineer on two NASA space shuttle launches, was the guest speaker at Kent Gardens Elementary School on Feb. 23, as part of the school’s celebration of National Engineers Week...The school also signed a partnership agreement with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division during the event.

Northrop Grumman CANstruction Project at Hughes Middle School

Northrop Grumman CANstruction Project at Hughes Middle SchoolNorthrop Grumman employees joined students at Hughes Middle School to celebrate National Engineers Week by building a structure made entirely out of cans.  The CANstruction engineering project was also a food drive held at Hughes Middle School and various Northrop Grumman sites.  Between donations from employees and students, along with the help of Wegman’s Food Markets, the completed structure holds over 2,000 cans!  Following de-CANstruction, the canned goods will be donated to Reston Interfaith. 

FCPS and Fairfax Chamber Launch New Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS and Fairfax Chamber Launch New Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools The new Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools - a partnership of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) was launched at the start of 2011 with a well attended news conference and financial commitments toping $150,000.  Pictured is Fairfax Chamber of Commerce CEO Jim Corcoran who was one of many who helped kickoff the new foundation.  More  

Financial Literacy and Financial Support

Financial Literacy and Financial SupportNorthwest Federal Credit Union (NWFCU) volunteers to read at Dranesville Elementary as part of their Penny Power Reading program.  NWFCU recently gave $20,000 to Dranesville and Louise Archer Elementary Schools, and Carson Middle School, and Herndon High School to be used for professional development for staff members and technological advances for the classroom.  Since 2005, NWFCU has awarded more than $93,000 in grants to the four schools, which has funded the purchase of SMART Boards™ and professional development training.  Thank you, Northwest Federal!

Hutchison Principal and Staff React to $10,000 Donation!

Hutchison Principal and Staff React to $10,000 Donation!Hutchison Elementary School Principal Judy Baldwin’s face lit up when she saw that Time Warner Cable’s annual charity golf outing raised $10,000.  The money will be used to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives at Hutchison.  Time Warner Cable and Hutchison “inked” their partnership deal this year and already they are forming lasting relationships through donations of volunteer time, STEM related field trips, and a surprise $10,000 donation that got the Hutchison school’s staff to stand in ovation!


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