Board of Supervisors Meeting: Jan. 10, 2005

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

Jan. 7, 2005

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to
Recognize Citizens, Staff, Adopt Resolutions and Issue a Proclamation

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 10, beginning at 9 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and staff for their accomplishments and issue a proclamation and adopt resolutions as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

The Beginning of Civic Duty
Students and scouts assist with 2004 General Election
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the students from schools in Fairfax County who served as election officers and pages at the polling places for the Nov. 2, 2004, general election. In preparation for their service, students attended a disability awareness and election training class in order to assist the voters on election day. Girl Scout Troop 3128 and Boy Scout Troop 1530 will also be recognized for their service during the day.

Practice Makes Perfect
Public safety agencies know the drill
The Fairfax County Office of the Sheriff and the Police and Fire and Rescue Departments of Fairfax City and Fairfax County will be recognized for coordinating a weapons of mass destruction drill that enacted the evacuation of a jail during a biological event. The unique feature of this exercise was the identification of resources in the community for housing a large and dangerous inmate population outside the confines of the jail for a prolonged period of time, putting plans in place to transport inmates, secure food, find alternative shelter and provide medical support.

Providing a High Degree of Service
Reston resident sets the standard
Lillie DeGree, of Reston, will be recognized for more than 30 years of noteworthy, dedicated, loving service to the students of Forest Edge Elementary School. During her tenure, DeGree guided, nurtured and consoled thousands of students of two generations.

Moving Into the Double Digits
Faith Communities in Action celebrates 10th anniversary
Faith Communities in Action, a countywide partnership between county agencies, places of worship and faith-based organizations, will be recognized on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. The organization began in 1995 as the Braddock District Religious/Human Services Coalition to determine how Fairfax County’s human services agencies would adjust to state and federal welfare reform policies while undergoing a major reorganization. The coalition, renamed Faith Communities in Action, has become a vanguard in finding ways to address major community challenges including Welfare to Work, affordable housing, end-of-life issues and tolerance for people of all races and religions.

Celebrating Ideals
Reston plans broad program for 20th annual event
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to thank the Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Planning Committee for its work and commitment in planning the 20th annual communitywide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observance to be held on Jan. 16 and 17. The event will feature a keynote address by the founder of Reston, Robert E. Simon, on the theme, “Twenty Years of Keeping the Promise/Uniting Cultures-A Global Perspective.”

January is Mentoring Month in Fairfax County
Raising awareness of the need
The Board of Supervisors will designate January as Mentoring Month in Fairfax County. Research has shown that mentoring has a definitive impact on young people by increasing attendance at school, improving rates of high school graduation and college attendance, and decreasing involvement with drugs, alcohol and violent behaviors. Adults are urged to volunteer as mentors and promote awareness, involvement and support for the mentoring of youth.


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