The 2011 BIE Partner of the Year
Six Falls Church City Public Schools Business in Education Partners have been nominated for the 2011 BIE Partner of the Year Award. The annual award is bestowed upon one business, individual or non-profit organization in recognition of a longstanding partnership with Falls Church City Public Schools.
The winning BIE Partner of the Year will be announced at the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Gala on Saturday, March 26th at the Westin Tysons, and will receive a plaque.
2011 BIE Partner of the Year Nominees
Apple Federal Credit Union
Apple Federal Credit Union student employees Violet Miller (left) and Sam Butler staff
the George Mason High School branch.
AFCU was cited for the Reality Store program at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and the bank branch at George Mason High School. AFCU sponsors several "Welcome to Falls Church" programs for new teachers. According to Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School teacher, Rory Dippold, AFCU employees are known for "generously donating their time, their Reality Store program, money and support to the Falls Church Public Schools."
Bonita Woods, Bonita Woods Wellness Institute
Ready for 2010 Thomas Jefferson Colonial Day festivities (from left) Kathryn Kleiman, Superintendent Lois Berlin, and Bonita Woods.
Bonita was recognized for her generous support of the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Elementary Colonial Day, her commitment to sharing wellness education and her assistance with the Mary Ellen Henderson Career Fair. When the Thomas Jefferson Elementary Colonial Day program needed volunteers, organizer Kathryn Kleiman said "..the first person I called was Chef Bonita Woods. She was truly amazing in her assistance."
Shortly after Fall Properties opened in Falls Church, they hosted the 2010 EPTA Home and Garden Tour reception.
This new Falls Church business joined the community in 2010 with great enthusiasm, sponsoring the Elementary PTA Home & Garden Tour, a community book swap and supporting the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Career Fair. According to office manager Karen Haines, "Our commitment to 'The Little City' and its award winning schools will only grow as we become more involved in the community overall. It was an amazing first year for us."
Flippin''Pizza was jam-packed in January 2010 for a community fundraiser to help GMHS students raise money for Haiti relief.
Along with signature New York-style pizza, Flippin' Pizza has become known as a pizza place that supports the schools. Nominator Davie Rifkin, a FCCPS parent said, "Every time I go into Flippin' Pizza it seems like it is sponsoring another worthy cause."
Tom Gittins, Art and Frame of Falls Church, FIRSTfriday of Falls Church
Students admire the Falls Church Calendar Art Show at Art and Frame of Falls Church.
As a Falls Church resident, business owner, and non-profit leader. Tom Gittins fits into all three categories. His role in saving the Falls Church Calendar Art contest was noted. "He has promoted the art of school children with a passion that is limitless and sincere," said George Mason High School art teacher Maria Shields.
Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS)
Students learn about the plants in the VPIS-sponsored garden at Moore Cadillac Field at GMHS.
VPIS was recognized for generous grants to FCCPS schools that have provided funding for recycling containers, butterfly gardens, rain gardens and other conservation projects in outdoor areas. Falls Church gardener Barbara Cram said, "VPIS does much to improve the visual landscape, as well as contributes to efforts to illustrate to students the value and joy of working with plants and caring for them. These donations have been going on for years."