Northwest 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!
Fairfax 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.
The 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.
This 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!
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!
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)
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 and 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)
Partnering with private corporations and local businesses, Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics sponsored 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.
Students 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 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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The 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.
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.
Fairfax 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
The November State of the Schools Report, which discusses business and community partnerships, appeared in last week's Connection Newspapers.
Camelot 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.
A $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 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.
Fairfax 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 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.
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 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.
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
Northwest 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 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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June 3, 2013