2017 is proving to be one of our most successful years to date. Please take a moment to read about our accomplishments and upcoming projects.
OUTDOOR LAB: Thanks to a $95,000 grant from the PATH Foundation, we have just finished a remodel of the Fauquier Outdoor Lab and the new Environmental Studies Academy.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR: In March we honored 16 teachers as Teachers of The Year. Each teacher was also nominated in conjunction with the Washington Post Agnes T. Meyer Award. A special evening celebration took place to recognize and award each teacher with $500, and to thank them for their service. The awards totaled $8,000.
COLLEGE DREAMS: In April the Foundation initiated a new program with FCPS administrators and guidance counselors to identify 12th grade students who fear college is no longer an option for them. Working with Lord Fairfax Community College, we arranged for these student a tour of the campus, a realistic look at class schedules, options for financial assistance and a path to reach their dream of attending college. This program was so successful that we plan to include other grade levels so the process can begin earlier and provide more time to set goals for life after high school.
TEACHER GRANTS: For 30 years the Foundation has provided teachers with grants to enable them to participate in high-quality professional development programs that enhance their classroom teaching. In 2016, we expanded these opportunities to include all qualified educators, aides and support staff who interact with and impact students. In April we announced the winners of the 2017 Teacher Grants and awarded over $13,000 to classroom teachers and special educators.
NEW TEACHER DINNER: The 34th Annual New Teacher Dinner is a long-standing tradition in our community. Held in August, the event brings schools, parents and the business community together to welcome our new teachers to our Fauquier County public schools. This year's Carribean themed event included music from the Fauquier High Talon Steel Drum Band.
SUMMER CAMPS: We are proud to support summer camps at the Outdoor Lab and the annual STEM camps. It is through donations and grants that we are able to support FCPS to keep these camps affordable for families, offer scholarships and provide additional materials to keep students engaged and challenged.