Easterns Automotive Group Gives Collect for Kids a 7News Helping Hand

Joel Bassam with Easterns Automotive Group wanting to support that cause by providing a 7News Helping Hand.  He selected the annual Collect for Kids effort and WJLA was there to capture the magic of giving in action.

“Educate Fairfax is an amazing organization supporting both the students and teachers of Fairfax County Public Schools,” Bassam said. “We wanted to help you guys out by donating $2,000 to support 200 students to get their school year started off right by providing school supplies. Continue doing the amazing work you are doing. We can’t wait to see you again.”

Educate Fairfax Executive Director Elizabeth Murphy and Londontown Elementary School Principal Wiatte Padmore, were on hand to accept the donation.  Educate Fairfax supports the Collect for Kids effort each by providing basic supply kits , each costing about $10.  Easterns’ donation will help Educate Fairfax provide for 200 students in need this year.

Watch the video here:  https://wjla.com/features/helping-hands/7news-helping-hands-easterns-automotive-group-surprise-educate-fairfax-with-2000?video=2d26b115f91b400e90307e1cf7598a50&jwsource=cl



Working with Educate Fairfax is Good for Business

When you invest in Educate Fairfax, you help your business in three ways: 

  1. Develop a talent pipeline;
  2. Increase your business competitive advantage; and
  3. Capture new perspectives that can contribute to greater innovation.

For business leaders, back to school season is an ideal time to consider partnering with their local schools.  It’s easier for school administrators to consider partnership initiatives at the beginning of the academic year. To facilitate these types of partnerships across all Fairfax County Schools, Educate Fairfax will bring area employers and leaders from the Fairfax County Public School system to our signature event, “Leaders & Learners: Education is Everybody’s Business” on November 9.th  Attendees will hear from new FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid, about her plans to amplify the business voice in the educational system.

Businesses that invest in FCPS not only are developing their own future talent pipeline but are positioning their company with customers and their community.  Accessing research and talent while further connecting with the community is as close to a win-win as you will find.  An easy way to start a partnership with your future workforce is to become an event sponsor at Educate Fairfax’s Leaders and Learner breakfast on November 9th.

Over the two years, we’ve seen a transformational shift in how we view our education and workforce systems. The pandemic has changed the nature of work, how we view skills, and put a spotlight on a dire workforce shortage and the need to re-think how we educate so our current and future workforce can keep pace with the changing needs of our economy. Your support of Educate Fairfax will help create a valuable supply of highly skilled employees in your backyard prepared to make your business more competitive.

To find out more about the event, or to purchase a table or tickets, please visit our website.


Inaugural Class of Inductees for the FCPS Hall of Fame

Educate Fairfax is delighted to announce the inaugural FCPS Hall of Fame, established to honor distinguished alumni of Fairfax County Public Schools.

Educate Fairfax, its staff and board, believes that our vibrant and successful school system contributes to a great quality of life here in Fairfax County. By highlighting its amazing graduates, we are drawing the connection that tomorrow’s stellar community leaders, business owners, and servant leaders are currently students in our schools right now.

Educate Fairfax is here to make sure all of them have a path to success.

This year’s class of Hall of Fame inductees include a life-long diplomat, a war hero, entrepreneurs, a lawyer and inventor, a young published author and filmmaker, an Olympic athlete, and one of FCPS’s leadership team!

The celebration will be May 4, and tickets are available. To find out more information about the winners and how to purchase tickets, please click here.

FCPS Alumni and Friends: A Place for Alumni and Community to Gather

Educate Fairfax is thrilled to announce our brand new online community, FCPS Alumni & Friends, which will allow us to establish greater connections with our graduates and the community. 

Through this new network, all Fairfax County Public Schools alumni, supporters and community members will be able to stay connected and receive regular updates and news articles, along with a wide variety of information on special events, mentoring and volunteer opportunities. A directory allows you to easily find and connect with other alumni and community members, no matter where they’re located.

Graduates of FCPS schools, former school district students, supporters and local residents may sign up for this network and receive regular news and updates. This includes information on district news and events, community points of pride, and how alumni and the community can get more involved in FCPS schools. There will also be regular profiles on alumni, teachers, students and community partners who serve their communities in notable ways.

We invite you to check out the FCPS alumni network and all that this new online community has to offer. We look forward to connecting with you!

Announcing the FCPS Hall of Fame

For more than 150 years, Fairfax County Public Schools has been educating students to excel in all aspects of life. Today, thousands of FCPS alums are leaders around the world, in government and business, arts and entertainment, science and technology, education and community service. We believe our alumni are a testament to the power of public schooling.

To honor these special alumni, Educate Fairfax is launching the inaugural FCPS Hall of Fame. We want to create a community where our alumni are engaged with FCPS, our students and one another.

Nominate a Distinguished Alumni today and join us on May 4, 2022 as we recognize the contributions of our friends and neighbors.

Submit Your Nomination HERE!

Educate Fairfax Recognized by FCPS School Board

At the regular meeting on October 21, 2021, Educate Fairfax staff and board members were recognized by the School Board for ten years of service to the county’s public schools. The Board commended them on the new name and brand and for raising nearly $6,000,000 to support FCPS over the past few years.

Educate Fairfax: The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools re-aligns to address evolving needs

The former Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools has changed its name to Educate Fairfax. This new name better reflects the organization’s mission to elevate the community by providing enhanced resources to teachers and students across Fairfax County.

Through a refined focus on “Our Students, Our Strength,” Educate Fairfax strives to ensure that every FCPS student has a path to success.

Educate Fairfax relies upon the generous support of Fairfax businesses, educators, parents and alumni to fulfill its mission. Visit our Impact Page to see how we enhance educational opportunities for all students! Read the full release here.


Foundation for FCPS Announces 73 Grant Awards!

The Foundation for FCPS has announced the third round of grant winners for its innovative teacher grant program. For the 2021-2022 school year, the Foundation will provide $96,000 in grant awards to support 73 educators in three areas: continuity of learning, building or recovery of math and literacy skills, or social-emotional learning. The grant program was modified this year to support a strong Return to School following the pandemic.

In the first three years of the program, a total of 146 grants have been awarded, impacting nearly 55,000 FCPS students. 

Details on the grant awards can be found on the Teacher Grant page.

Thank a Teacher!

This year we were reminded of the impact that teachers have on students, both in and out of the classroom.  A talented teacher can ignite a student’s passion for learning, leading or performing. A great teacher can truly transform a student’s life.  In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7), we invite you to make a donation in the name of an FCPS educator who made a difference in your life, or the life of your student.  These funds will be used to support our annual Teacher Grants, which encourage innovation and creative learning in the classroom. Visit our Thank a Teacher page to make a donation or share your story.

2021-22 Teacher Grant Cycle Opens March 22nd

The Foundation for FCPS invites teachers, counselors, and other school personnel to apply for its annual grant program for projects to be completed in the 2021-2022 school year. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the grant priorities have been modified this year. The Foundation will provide up to $1,500 for classroom initiatives that focus on one of three areas: continuity of learning, building or recovery of math and literacy skills, or social-emotional learning.

Detailed grant guidelines and a link to the application can be found here.

The application period will be March 22 through April 23, and funding will be provided in August for the 2021-22 school year. Please contact the Foundation office with questions at foundation@fcps.edu or 571-423-1031.