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Community Engagement Tip of the Month: Mentor in the Fairfax Public Schools

Are you a caring, responsible adult who is interested in giving time to a student?  Are you willing to encourage that child to develop his/her strengths and capabilities? Can you take the time to be a role model, a friend, a guide, a listener, motivator and advocate for that child? If you answered yes to these questions, then MentorWorks needs you!

MentorWorks, which was launched in 1999, serves as an umbrella for school-based mentoring programs in Fairfax County Public Schools. Its mission is to connect every student to a caring, responsible adult. It is a joint venture of the following partners: Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Council of PTAs and the Fairfax Partnership for Youth. Many schools in the County provide one-to-one or group mentoring services during the school day or after school.

Mentors encourage academic success by showing the benefits of staying in school and evaluating educational choices; they help students see and strive for broader horizons; mentors provide dependable and consistent attention and support through listening, guiding and encouraging students to reach their full potential.

The program asks each mentor to commit to weekly visits with their mentee; approximately 1/2 hour each week for one school year.  Mentors usually meet at the school during the school day. Mentors must complete a background screening, undertaken at the program’s expense to be accepted into the program.

To learn more about MentorWorks visit the following site www.fcps.edu/cco/mentor or contact Shelley Prince, a Mentorworks Specialist with FCPS at 571-423-1223


Important Tax Information

Free Tax Preperation Service 

On Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Deloitte Tax LLP will sponsor its third Community Tax Assistance Day at Bryant Alternative High School. Deloitte offers free assistance from IRS certified volunteers to those households whose 2009 Federal tax returns report a total income of $49,000 or less. Last year, families throughout Northern Virginia received over $4.4 million in federal refunds through this free service.

Those looking for more information should visit www.volunteerfairfax.org, nvacash.org, or contact Emily Swenson at eswenson@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-246-3474

Tax Relief for Senior Citizens and the Disabled

Fairfax County provides tax relief to citizens who are either 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled, and meet the income and asset eligibility requirements. For detailed eligibility requirements access the following website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/taxrelief_faq.htm 

Returning applicants must file between January 1 and April 1. For an application, call 703-222-8234 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays, e-mail taxrelief@fairfaxcounty.gov or download the tax relief application from this website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/forms.htm#Other_Forms

To assist Braddock District residents in this process, Supervisor Cook has arranged for representatives from the Department of Tax Administration to be present at the Braddock office between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on March 9 and 16.  To make a private appointment to meet with a representative, contact Lindsey Smith from my staff.




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