The COVID-19 crisis has had a dramatic impact on us all, and especially on our children. Disruptions to school, food insecurity, economic downtown and social distancing have had an even greater impact on the nearly 60,000 FCPS students in need. In the midst of this uncertainty and fear, the Fairfax community has responded with overwhelming kindness and generosity. To date, more than $500,000 has been raised through donations to our Access for All Fund, providing technology access and connectivity; as well as Collect for Kids, the annual effort to furnish school supplies for these students. This school year may look different for our students, but thanks to this outpouring of support, we can ensure they have the tools they need to succeed.
For more information on these efforts, please visit the “Impact” tab at the top of our website.
At its regular meeting on June 23, the board of directors of the Foundation for FCPS elected new leadership for the coming year. Congratulations to all!
Officers for 2020-2021
Chair: Len Forkas, Milestone Communications, Inc.
Vice Chair: Sunil Budhrani, M.D., Innovation Health
Treasurer: Jeri Fellerman
Secretary: Cindy Anderson, Boeing
More information on the Board of Directors can be found in the “About Us” tab on this website.
Capital One has donated $90,000 to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools (the Foundation) to support the purchase of MiFi units for students without internet connections in their homes during the COVID-19 quarantine. The units are being used to provide students in need with internet connectivity for up to five devices so that they can participate in classroom activities and distance learning.
To read more, or learn about the other ways Capital One supports our students, visit https://www.fcps.edu/news/capital-one-invests-fairfax-county-schools-support-student-connectivity-during-distance
Since 2016, Leidos has been sponsoring the First Robotics team at Chantilly High School. Learn about how Leidos’ support, including employee mentoring, is helping building the workforce of the future. To read more about this partnership and its impact on students, visit https://www.fcps.edu/blog/leidos-supports-workforce-development-through-project-based-learning
Watch a video of the Robotics team in action here
Your contributions have made it smoother for some of our neediest students. With your help, the Foundation’s “Access for All” fund has raised over $175,000 since March 13. The money has been used to :
* assist FCPS in delivering 30,000 school supply kits directly to students in Title I schools.
* purchase mobile wifi connections so students can learn at home.
* provide grocery gift cards for homeless or unaccompanied youth in FCPS.
* provide free adult meals to over 2,000 people at the FCPS Grab & Go sites.
* assist local food banks with funds to purchase food to be distributed to FCPS families.
Your response to “Access for All” has been heart-warming and gratifying. Thank you. The need is on-going and your continued support is much appreciated.
Funds raised at the Foundation will help to provide ACCESS for the nearly 60,000 students who live in poverty. These students need access to technology, school supplies, and connectivity, as well as nutrition.
FCPS and Food and Nutrition Services are providing “Grab and Go” meals at many sites and through bus route distribution. A listing of all food resources, including non-profit organizations that provide food assistance, in every area of the county are listed on the FCPS website.
From now until June 30th, the Foundation for FCPS will benefit from Whole Foods’ Nickels for Non-Profits program. Every time you re-use a bag at the stores below, Whole Foods will donate a nickel to the Foundation. The goal of the program is to reduce the use of new bags, while increasing funding for a local non-profit.
Participating stores: Fair Lakes, McLean, Springfield, Tysons Corner and Vienna.
Thank you Whole Foods – now let’s get shopping!