Fairfax County Public Schools, Foundation for FCPS Recognize Business and Community Partners at Superintendent’s Luncheon
Navy Federal Credit Union, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and Food for Others were recognized by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and the Foundation for FCPS for their work as partners with the schools at the annual Superintendent’s Luncheon on November 20. 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.
Fourteen finalists were recognized in three categories: Business Partner of the Year, Community Partner of the Year, and Workforce Development Partner of the Year.
Business Partner of the Year, Navy Federal Credit Union, has been partnered with Thoreau Middle School for almost 28 years. Their involvement at the school is varied and far-reaching, from an annual kick-off event to welcome new seventh graders to the school, to mentoring, to staff appreciation, to an art showcase and venue for student performers, along with financial support. Navy Federal also gives awards to students and teachers at the end of the school year.
Workforce Development Partner of the Year, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, was recognized for providing paid, on-the-job training for special education students who attend Chantilly High School. Students learn skills such as upholstery repair, key making, and landscaping. Over the 10 years of the partnership, 15 students have found permanent employment with MWAA or one of its contractors.
Community Partner of the Year, Food for Others, created the Power Pack Program, which provides weekend food regularly at 29 FCPS schools. An average of 1,980 students received food packs every week during the past school year. Food for Others has taken on a leadership role in the county for weekend food programs, working with nonprofit partners and local PTAs.
Virginia’s First Lady, Dorothy McAuliffe, was awarded the FCPS Champion Award for her work to combat childhood hunger by advocating to increase funding for breakfast programs in 35 of the neediest schools in FCPS.
The Foundation for FCPS, the event host, is the philanthropic arm of the school system and exists to seed strategic initiatives that will engage and inspire students to thrive. Founded in 2011 as a program of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation raises between $750,000 and $1,000,000 each year to assist FCPS in the areas of workforce development, employee recognition, and students in need.