The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools Recognizes Business and Community Partners at Annual State of Education Luncheon
The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognized three local organizations for their work as partners with the schools at the annual State of Education luncheon.
Named Business Partner of the Year (shown above), Apple Federal Credit Union and the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation have supported FCPS for over 10 years. The organizations are instrumental in supporting the development and retention of new employees through the Great Beginnings Summer Institute and Teacher Induction Program, that provide mentoring for new teachers. They also provide financial support of the FCPS Honors recognition event and the Superintendent’s Leadership Conference, held prior to the beginning of school each year.
Named Workforce Development Partner of the Year, the United States Geological Survey works with Chantilly and South Lakes High Schools and the Secondary Transition to Employment Program (STEP) for students with disabilities. During the 2017-18 school year, 17 students worked at USGS on special projects such as bird-banding or digital mapping, and over the years of the partnership, six students from the program were permanently hired.
Named Community Partner of the Year, Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia offered its programming at more than 60 schools last year, with a goal of developing leadership skills and confidence in girls through the sport of running. Last year, over 2,200 students in FCPS participated, and 330 of those received financial aid from Girls on the Run. Teams of runners are supported by volunteer coaches who serve as positive role models, many of whom are FCPS teachers or parents.
The awards recognize the valuable contributions being made by business and community partners throughout FCPS and increase awareness of the importance of business and civic involvement in the school system. Fifteen award finalists were recognized in three categories: Business Partner of the Year, Community Partner of the Year, and Workforce Development Partner of the Year. Over 300 business and community leaders attended the 2018 luncheon.
The keynote address was provided by Dr. Stephen Jones, new CEO of Inova Health System. More information about the event, along with a list of the partner finalists, can be found on the Foundation’s website.
The Foundation for FCPS, the event host, is the philanthropic arm of the school system, with the mission to energize the power of the community to invest in educational excellence and prepare students for the future. In the last school year, the Foundation raised over $1,000,000 to support programs and initiatives in the focus areas of employee recognition, teacher innovation grants, and kids in need.