Caring for Each Other
What does Caring Culture truly mean across FCPS? For some, it is spending time with classmates who are different than you. For others, it means giving your time to help others. For our community as a whole, it is giving back to students and staff in ways that impact their future and benefit everyone across the County. Because when students succeed, the community as a whole benefits.
Building Gingerbread Houses....And Friendships
At Camelot Elementary in Annandale, Virginia, students in the Camelot Buddies program celebrated Inclusive Schools Week by working with students of all learning needs to build gingerbread houses. While it looks like fun and there were plenty of cookies and sprinkles to eat, there's much more happening when these kids get together. Watch and see.
Choose to Include
Sarah is a 6th grader at Bush Hill Elementary School in Alexandria. She volunteers her time in the special education classroom, is a member of the unified sports team, and wants to be a special education teacher when she grows up. Bush Hill has been recognized by the Special Olympics as a Unified Banner School.
Pay It Forward
Students at Terra Centre ES recently participated in a service learning project to help the community. Each classroom had a different project including creating kits for homeless residents who visit the Lamb Center, making ECHO meal kits or coat and accessories kits, preparing weekend food bags for the Burke United Methodist Church, and preparing comfort kits for patients at Inova Children's Hospital.
FCPS Students Are Impacted by Poverty, Hunger and Homelessness
Even though Northern Virginia is considered one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country, we still face a poverty rate of about 5 percent. This means, based on U.S. Census figures, that more than 90,000 people are living in poverty and 30 percent are children. More than 50,000 FCPS students qualify for free or reduced meals.
Support for Homeless Students
Homeless students and their families often find themselves seeking different shelter from night to night, living on family members' floors, in a shelter, or in another form of temporary housing.
Our FCPS homeless liaison assists families with finding resources.