Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens and Staff

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May 1, 2003


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize
Citizens and Issue Proclamations


The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at their meeting on Monday, May 5, beginning at
9 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and organizations for their achievements and contributions to the community. Proclamations will be issued as listed below. For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

Student Wins First Place in Reader's Digest Contest
William (Will) Brannon, of Reston, and an eighth grader at Herndon Middle School, recently won first place in the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge contest. Brannon won the final round by knowing that "vexillology" meant the study of flags. He competed against 800,000 fourth through eighth graders from across the country and won a $25,000 scholarship for his efforts.

Red Cross Volunteer to be Recognized
Kathy Vernon, of Reston, will be recognized by the Board of Supervisors for her commitment as a Red Cross volunteer in Fairfax County, but also nationally as well. She was on the scene when the Red Cross opened an emergency shelter in Herndon this past winter during a natural gas outage and winter storm, feeding and housing residents at the shelter, working with media and county officials and supervising the closing of the shelter. While located in the Dranesville district, the shelter had an impact on residents of both the Hunter Mill and Sully districts as well.

Board to Recognize Park Volunteer
Harold Henderson, of Alexandria, will be recognized for his tireless efforts to the Fairfax County Park Authority. He has served as the Lee district representative to the Park Authority Board. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will recognize Henderson for his years of service to the county and the Park Authority.

Zoning Administrator to be Recognized
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Jane W. Gwinn, zoning administrator for Fairfax County. Gwinn has announced her retirement from the county this spring. The Board will recognize her for her many years of service to the county and its residents.

Community Action Month
May will be designated Community Action Month by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in recognition of the nearly 40 years that community action has served a prominent role in fostering self-sufficiency in low-income and impoverished Americans. The Board will acknowledge the continuing role of the Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board in collaborating with county agencies, nonprofit organizations and the private sector to provide economic and social opportunities that make a positive difference in the lives of low-income residents of Fairfax County and promote self-sufficiency.

Suicide Prevention Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate the week of May 4-10 as Suicide Prevention Week in Fairfax County. Representatives from CrisisLink, a comprehensive suicide and crisis prevention organization that provides support and resources for life crises, trauma and suicide throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area will be present to receive the recognition.

Happy Birthday to Great Falls Elementary
The Board of Supervisors will congratulate representatives from Great Falls Elementary School, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during the week of May 4-12. Built in 1953, the school's anniversary celebration will include activities for alumni, students and parents, area residents, historians and businesses.

Mental Health Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Representatives from the Northwest Center for Community Health will accept the proclamation. The center seeks to promote well-being by reducing mental illness, emotional disturbance and acute emotional distress.

Stroke Awareness Day
May 17 will be proclaimed Stroke Awareness Day in Fairfax County to help citizens become more aware of and understand the warning signs and risk factors for stroke. Strokes are the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in Northern Virginia.

Springfield Days
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 29-June 1 as Springfield Days in Fairfax County in recognition of the annual celebration sponsored by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfax County Park Authority. Activities during the event include a parade, sidewalk art show, live entertainment, food festival, cardboard boat race and fireworks.

South Lakes High School Sports Teams
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the South Lakes High School football and boys' basketball teams. The football team won the 2002 Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 5 Championship while the boys' basketball team earned the 2003 Northern Region Championship in double overtime and advanced to the Virginia High School League State Championship.

Public Service Recognition Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate the week of May 5 as Public Service Recognition Week in Fairfax County to acknowledge the many contributions made by county employees. The designation honors the women and men who serve America as federal, state and local government employees, and encourages us to reflect on the many ways which government serves the people and how government services make life better for all citizens.



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