Business and Community Partnership (BIE)

FCCPS Enjoys 500+ Business and Community Partnerships


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Did you know that FCCPS participates in partnerships with 500+ businesses, non-profits, government agencies and individuals?
The Directory of Community Partnerships includes recognition of partnerships over the past 4 years. We encourage everyone throughout Falls Church to show appreciation for the generosity of these partners. Support the businesses that are committed to our schools. Shop there. Eat there. Recommend them. Thank them. Most are small businesses, and if we want to be able to rely on their backing, we need to support them as well. 

What do community partners do for our schools? They judge science fairs and cooking competitions. They donate money, food and supplies to PTAs, Band and Athletic Booster programs. They sponsor Falls Church Education Foundation and All Night Grad Celebration programs. They provide gifts and meals to welcome new teachers. They collect holiday gifts and meals for families. They bring the fire truck to Mt. Daniel to teach fire safety and lead field trips to the Waste Transfer Station. They offer opportunities for students to get involved by serving the community or learning about business. But wait, there’s more!

Partners host activities and fundraisers for school families of all ages - dinners, story hours, arts programming. They donate swag to the Hippo-Tiger-Giraffe Games, FIRST Lego League, and support Family STEAM Nights. Outdoor classrooms and gardens benefit from plant donations and sweat equity. Partners mentor students participating in FIRST Robotics, National History Day and science competitions.

Last spring, TJ fifth graders learned first-hand about problem solving from those who shared expertise for their PYP Project. No matter what the need, our partners are consistently available to lend a hand. Our partners are always ready to inspire students. At MEHMS, volunteers have many opportunities to participate. At the recent Shark Tank competition volunteers acting as “Sharks” evaluated seventh grade student business presentations. We are gearing up to start recruiting for the spring MEHMS Career Fair and expect dozens of participants to share their career story.

Have you seen the banners and signs during athletic events at GMHS? Local businesses support athletics and musicians with contributions to the Band and Athletic Boosters. Student performing arts groups regularly share their talent in community events. Partners are introducing GMHS students to real-life practitioners of careers that interest them. Professionals visit classrooms to share their expertise and career stories. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) volunteers work directly with teachers to bring expertise into classrooms and extracurricular clubs.

Partners provide opportunities for students to serve the community. FCCPS has a culture of caring and student volunteers help many local organizations during school or as part of extracurricular activities. Students frequently organize collections of food, clothing, blankets, sports equipment and books throughout the community to support local organizations.

These examples just scratch the surface of the ways our business and school communities serve each other. Do you want to know more? Sign up for our newsletter, Partnership NewsBites, for a regular update on partnerships and opportunities. Send an email to connellym@fccps.org to be added to the mailing list. If you would like to get involved by sharing your personal expertise with schools, we will be glad to build a partnership.

Thank you to all the partners that help make our schools full of so many wonderful experiences and opportunities, and thank you to all those who shop at, work for, and otherwise support these businesses and help make these valuable partnerships possible.

ImageMarybeth Connelly

Marybeth is Community Outreach/Business in Education Coordinator for Falls Church City Schools.

Email: connellym@fccps.org

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