Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens
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April 24, 2003
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to
Citizens, Issue Proclamations and Adopt a Resolution
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at their meeting on Monday, April 28, beginning at 9 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and organizations for their achievements and contributions to the community. Proclamations will be issued and a resolution adopted as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.
Student Raises $10,000 for Homeless Children
Alicia Harder, an 11-year old student at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School, Reston, has raised $10,000 over the past five years for the homeless children of the Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston. The Board of Supervisors will recognize her for this endeavor. Harder began her work as a second grader after visiting the shelter. Homemade cookies are the medium to raise funds, netting nearly $4,000 this year. Harder is the youngest cash contributor to the shelter.
Principal To Be Recognized for Promoting Reading
Christine Lamb, principal of Groveton Elementary School, Alexandria, will be recognized for being selected as the 2002 Administrator of the Year by the Greater Washington Reading Council. Lamb has created an awards program for students who meet their reading goals and participate in the Keep Books and Partners in Print program. In addition, Lamb has initiated the Literacy Festival, sponsored open library night for the community and collaborated with a 7-Eleven store for a program that brings books to apartment complexes in the Groveton area.
Bears In Cruisers Program
Tysons Corner Center, The Hecht Company, Lord & Taylor and the McLean District Police Station of Fairfax County will be recognized for their partnership to place teddy bears in police cruisers that are given by officers on duty to children enduring a difficult or traumatic situation in order to calm and comfort the child.
Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate the month of May as Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month in Fairfax County. Currently, more than 300 children in foster care in Fairfax County need the safety and stability of a foster family. In the proclamation the Board of Supervisors notes that foster families provide enduring and valuable contributions to children in foster care that enhances the quality of life for everyone in the community.
Business Leader Lydia Thomas To Be Recognized
Lydia Thomas, president and chief executive officer of Mitretek Systems, Falls Church, will be recognized for receiving a Career Achievement Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference held in Baltimore, Md. Thomas is only the second female to receive this award in the 17 year history of the event.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate the month of May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in Fairfax County. Korean-Americans, Vietnamese-Americans, Asian Indian-Americans and Pakistani-Americans constitute communities within Fairfax County.
Nurses Promote Health and Care for the Ill
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 2 as Public Health Nurses Day and May 6-12 as the Week of the Nurse in Fairfax County. Nurses constitute a large segment of the health care work force and meet the emerging health care needs of the population. Settings for the nursing profession include hospitals, nursing homes, schools, homes and forensic facilities.
Safe Kids Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 4-10 as Safe Kids Week in Fairfax County. Established in 1992, the Fairfax County Safe Kids Coalition consists of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the Fairfax County Police Department, the Office of the Sheriff, Inova Fairfax Hospital and volunteers who dedicate their time to create safer home and communities for children. The Board of Supervisors will note that more children die from injuries each year than from all childhood diseases combined. Citizens are urged to participate in activities that will raise the level of awareness of childhood injury and assist all parents and caregivers in protecting their children.
Fire and Rescue Chief to be Recognized
Fire Chief Edward Stinnette will be recognized for a career of more than 30 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Stinnette developed programs and safety measures that have moved the department into the 21st century. He is known for his ability to recognize many possibilities inherent in a situation and to generate trust and comradery.
Older Americans Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Older Americans Month in Fairfax County. The theme for this year is "What We Do Makes A Difference" and recognizes the many talents and contributions of older Americans. Older adults are the most rapidly expanding segment of the population in Fairfax County, with those 65 years old and older increasing by 74 percent in current decade.