Fairfax County School Board Nominates Three Fairfax County Businesses to 2019 VSBA Business Honor Roll
The Fairfax County School Board nominated and recognized three Northern Virginia businesses via the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Business Honor Roll for their support of K-12 education. The businesses – the Dewberry Companies, Integrity Management Services, and Worldgate IIc—were recognized at the Board’s regular business meeting on Thursday, June 13.
The Dewberry Companies, a locally-owned engineering, design, and construction firm, has partnered with Jackson Middle School for 26 years. Through funds donated to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools earmarked for Jackson, Dewberry has fully funded the school’s Technology Student Association Team, which now has over 25 active members competing at region and state level competitions. Dewberry professionals consult with TSA students on projects in the fields of environmental design, landscape architecture and, architectural engineering. The company has also supported the school’s new outdoor classroom—designed by students— via a Dewberry landscape architect plus materials paid for by the company. And Dewberry started construction on the school’s stormwater drainage pond, located next to the turf field; civil engineers who designed the pond presented an overview of the project to science and engineering students and connected it to the seventh grade science curriculum on watersheds and wetlands. Future plans include helping the school’s Eco-Schools club expand its garden and fix a drainage issue on the walkway to the outdoor classroom, plus providing more shade trees for the existing space.
Integrity Management Services has provided time, effort, and resources to weekend food programs at Lee High School and Bren Mar Park Elementary School, totaling more than 150 pounds of food per year. The company has also donated hats, gloves, scarves, and health and hygiene items to Bren Mar Park. Employees served as judges for Food Truck Wars, organized by Lee High’s Gourmet Foods teachers and students, and opened its doors to a high school intern. With a focus on supporting STEM education, IntegrityM has also supplied science fair judges for three years. These professionals ultimately help select and prepare students to participate in the regional science fair. In August 2017, IntegrityM participated in the FCPS-Genesys Works program: hiring, mentoring and providing a salary to a senior from Lee High School to work in their IT department. As a women-owned small business in the STEM arena, IntegrityM has a keen interest in supporting young women in the workforce. The intern, now a student at Northern Virginia Community College, is also a part-time Network Support Specialist at IntegrityM. Understanding the challenges of food insecurity in eastern Fairfax County, IntegrityM and Lee High School plan to develop a food pantry this summer that will supply students with breakfast and snack food each day, expanding the summer lunch program that already exists at local elementary schools.
Reston-based Worldgate llc is an IT Solutions Company that supports public clients with project management, change management, and solution architecture. The Worldgate team is partnered with Aldrin Elementary School, also in Reston, and their involvement in the school and broader community runs deep, including donations of time and resources to help lower income students and families since 2012. Worldgate is a woman-owned company that also provides role models for girls who understand that they can do anything. The company supports Aldrin Elementary by providing nutritious food on weekends to approximately 50 students and their families; ensuring students are able to participate in supplemental activities, including afterschool math activities, field trips, and sports camps by providing funding; supporting the PTA’s landscaping efforts, leading clothing drives, and sending guest readers to Read Across America Day. Worldgate has also created the school’s first ever STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) night, implemented a financial literacy program in conjunction with Middleburg Bank, and provided school supplies to students in need.
The VSBA Business Honor Roll is announced each spring as a way for school districts to recognize local businesses for the support of public education. Businesses and Community Groups interested in becoming partners are encouraged to contact Jay Garant in the Office of Business and Community Partnerships at 571-423-1225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.