Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens and Staff

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April 22, 2004


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to
Recognize Citizens and Staff, and Issue Proclamations

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and staff for their accomplishments and issue the following proclamations. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

Swimming In Grand Style
South Lakes High School Captures the Title

The South Lakes High School Girls’ 400-Meter Freestyle Relay Team, Reston, will be recognized for breaking a state record and capturing the state championship at the Virginia State High School Swim and Dive Championships with a time of 3:34:37 minutes. Members of the relay team include Caroline Bellis, Mei Christensen, Dana Constantino and Nicole Pederson.

Westfield Track and Field Teams Triumph
Mercury Has Nothing on These Folks

The Girls’ and Boys’ Track and Field Teams of Westfield High School, Chantilly, will be recognized for winning team and individual races at the Virginia AAA Track and Field State Meet finals. The boys’ team captured the state championship titles in the 4 x 400-meter relay and 4 x 800-meter relay, going on to win the national championship. David Groff won the individual 1000-meter run. In addition, Jillian Anwah, shot put; Carmen Meade, 55-meter dash; and Karen Woolley, high jump, placed in the top eight contenders statewide in their events.

Of Pit Stops and Pedaling
Bike to Work Day is May 7

The Board of Supervisors will proclaim Friday, May 7, as Bike to Work Day in Fairfax County. Noting that commuting by bicycle is an effective means to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy, residents are encouraged to participate by riding their bikes to work on that day. There will be three pit stops offering a free breakfast to cyclists in Fairfax County for those biking to work that include the following: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 6:30 - 8:30 a.m.; Reston Town Center (just off of W&OD Trail in Reston), 6:30 - 9 a.m.; and Vienna (where the Whole Foods Lot and W&OD Trail intersect), 6:30 - 8:30 a.m.

May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month
Safety and Stability Provided by More Than 200 Families in Fairfax County

May will be designated as Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month in Fairfax County by the Board of Supervisors. Currently, more than 475 children are in foster care provided by over 200 families in the county. Foster families provide enduring and valuable contributions to nurture, encourage and prepare these young people for the rest of their lives. Residents of Fairfax County are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents on behalf of children in foster care and to support and recognize the commitment of foster families and professional staff who work with these youth.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Tracing a Heritage from Asia and the Islands of the Pacific

The Board of Supervisors will proclaim May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in Fairfax County. In 1763, the first Filipino-Americans settled in the bayous of Louisiana. On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrants came to the United States and on May 10, 1869, the first transcontinental railroad in the nation was completed with significant contributions from Chinese pioneers. Residents of Fairfax County are encouraged to learn throughout the month of May about the history, concerns, contributions and achievements of Asian and Pacific Americans.

Vietnamese Remembrance Day is April 30
Vietnamese American Community Reflects

The Board of Supervisors will designate Friday, April 30, as Vietnamese Remembrance Day in Fairfax County. Beginning in 1975, many Vietnamese refugees came to Virginia and made Fairfax County their home, rebuilding their lives and contributing to the economic growth and culture of the community. All residents are urged to join in extending recognition and honor to the Vietnamese American community.

May is Community Action Month
Toward a Positive Difference

The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Community Action Month in Fairfax County. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Opportunity Act that formalized the prominent role of community action in the unconditional war on poverty throughout the nation. Community action is a positive force that partners with low-income and working-poor residents to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency.

May is Nurses Month
May 6 - 12 is the Week of the Nurse

The Board of Supervisors will designate the month of May as Nurses Month in Fairfax County and May 6 - 12 as Week of the Nurse throughout the county. Nurses are the largest segment of the healthcare workforce in hospitals, nursing homes, business/industry, ambulatory care, public health, home health and school health. Despite a declining enrollment in nursing education nationwide, the demand for instruction in nursing remains high in Fairfax County. Citizens are urged to acknowledge the care and essential services that nurses perform on a daily basis.

Older Americans Month
Senior Adults are Among our Prized Resources

The Board of Supervisors will designate the month of May as Older Americans Month in Fairfax County. Older adults in the county, those age 85 and over, are the fastest growing segment of all ages, increasing by 137 percent during this decade, a rate that is nine times faster than the county’s total population. Senior adults in Fairfax County are generally healthier than their peers across the nation and serve as role models to others both young and old. Citizens are urged to continue the tradition of honoring elders, parents, grandparents, caregivers, volunteers and neighbors.

Soil and Water Stewardship Week
Ensure the Benefits of Soil and Water for Future Generations

The Board of Supervisors will designate April 25 - May 2 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week in Fairfax County. Residents are encouraged to begin in their own yards to protect these resources by planting foliage, restoring and maintaining organic matter in the soils by using grass clippings, composted leaves and food waste, and using the least amounts of – and the least toxic – fertilizers and pesticides.



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