2019 Community Partnership Honors

FCCPS Announces Business and Community Partner Honorees

The Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) Business in Education Partnership (BIE) announces the recognition of six community partners in appreciation of their ongoing commitment to working in partnership with FCCPS teachers, students and parents. Each honoree has engaged in multi-year, multifaceted partnerships, with a wide variety of school stakeholders.

The Virginia School Boards Association Business Honor Roll

FCCPS named three businesses to this statewide recognition. These companies join hundreds more for this statewide partnership honor.

Capital One partnered with Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School on the Capital One Coders program. For the duration of a 10-week program, Capital One employees visited Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School to teach coding to students. The program served 20 students per semester, and involved 20 mentors from Capital One. Capital One provides the curriculum and computer equipment. Mentors bring professional expertise and enthusiasm. Students bring creativity and more enthusiasm. By the end of the semester, students know how to build an app, and they've built a mentor relationship with a young professional. At the semester-ending recognition program, students exhibited their apps for parents and visitors. Capital One rewarded them with a tablet and laptop to take home and keep coding. To celebrate a successful program, Capital One issued a $10,000 grant to the school to continue technology programming.

Famille Cafe is a welcoming restaurant in the heart of Falls Church City. The restaurant hosted several groups of teachers and paraprofessional for complimentary celebration luncheons. Famille staff worked with students on the Junior Class Prom fundraiser. Students from the George Mason High School Transitions Program participated in job shadowing to learn about restaurant work. Famille was the prefect place for a group of students to host their own talent show for family and friends.

Patient First made a point of getting to know the school community before the grand opening. Patient First sponsored the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School FIRST Lego League Tournament, donated funding to the Elementary PTA Teacher Grant programs, and also sponsored the Hippo-Tiger-Giraffe Games. Additionally Patient First donated prizes to the Band Boosters to encourage Thomas Jefferson Elementary School students to keep playing . A fourth grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson received donations of scrubs and masks for students to wear as they "surgically" edited their written work.

Falls Church Honored Partners

These three businesses made significant contributions to school programs through partnerships with teachers, students and School Affiliated Organizations.
Lazy Mike's is a one-of-a-kind sandwich and ice cream shop, right across the street from George Mason High School. Owner Rebecca Tax is always willing to talk with students. She was a presenter at the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Career Fair, and visited a class to talk about entrepreneurship. Lazy Mike's stays open late so that students can celebrate after performances and special events. Additionally they often host dineout fundraisers for student group.

Sylvan Learning Center
helps out at many STEM-related events. A long-time sponsor of the Mary Ellen Henderson FIRST Lego League Tournament, they also set up educational stations at Family STEAM Nights at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. Manager Lauren Richards serves on the BIE Advisory Committee, and visits school for Office Hours, to make meaningful connections.

Advantage Trainers receives the Rookie of the Year award. Though not technically a new business, Advantage Trainers expanded to a new gym, and quickly welcomed the FCCPS Community. Owner Eliot Corwin participated in all three Mustang Career Chats at George Mason High School, talking with students about a career as a trainer, entrepreneur and business owner, and a group of students visited the gym to learn more. He works with the Falls Church Education Foundation to help aspirational runners prepare for the annual Run for the Schools. Advantage Trainers offers a membership discount to all FCCPS employees.

All six honorees join a distinguished list of partners who have been recognized since 2009. They were honored as part of the FCCPS Celebration of Excellence at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School.