March 27 Board of Supervisors Meeting

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

March 23, 2006

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

Note to editor: A downloadable photo and text of each presentation will be posted on the county’s Web site at on Monday, March 27. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, April 3.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, March 27, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., will recognize the following residents and staff for their service to Fairfax County and issue the proclamations below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Motivation to Excellence
The Board of Supervisors will recognize those Fairfax County public high schools with high percentages of federal lunch subsidies or large populations of low-income minority students that received equity and excellence ratings better than their Challenge Index rankings for their Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. Positive and rewarding alternatives to gang involvement and substance abuse are provided to many students through these programs, which support the countywide anti-gang initiative.

A Close Shave for a Worthy Cause
Meg Crossett, of Centreville, will be recognized for her efforts in organizing a fundraiser in conjunction with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to heighten public awareness of childhood cancer. Those participating in the fundraiser garnered pledges from others to see the participants have their heads shaved.

Riding Tall in the Saddle
Lift Me Up!, a therapeutic horseback riding program dedicated to improving the physical and mental well-being of children and adults with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities, will be recognized for its 30th anniversary. Through this program, individuals with disabilities are given the opportunity to ride a horse guided by the skill, empathy and understanding of a registered instructor. Founded in 1975 by Colleen Zanin, Lift Me Up! continues to grow in scope and service for individuals with disabilities.

April Is Immunization Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 2006 as Immunization Month in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Health Department and its community partners work together in a countywide public health effort to protect children against 12 serious but preventable childhood diseases through childhood immunization.

Equal Housing Opportunity for All People
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 2006 as Fair Housing Month in Fairfax County. Members of the Board of Supervisors, the Human Rights Commission, Fairfax County agencies, housing industry members, cultural groups, community associations and nonprofit service organizations strive continually to expand equal housing opportunities in Fairfax County. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the enactment of the Fairfax County Human Rights Ordinance, which provides equal housing opportunities for all residents of Fairfax County regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, familial status, age or marital status.

Wear the Blue
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 2006 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Fairfax County. The tragedy of child maltreatment may result from many factors, which include a family history of abuse, mental health and substance abuse, and the stress of financial difficulties. Last year the Fairfax County Child Protective Services’ round-the-clock hotline received nearly 32,000 calls from individuals seeking assistance, guidance and referrals to parenting programs and support services. The Fairfax County Department of Family Services through the Blue Ribbon Campaign seeks to emphasize a shared responsibility to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Assisting Those Less Fortunate Through the Winter
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Council on Homelessness, faith partner communities, the Lamb Center, Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services Inc., New Hope Housing, Ventures in Community and Fairfax County Government for the Hypothermia Response Program. From Dec. 1, 2005, until April 1, 2006, these organizations provide homeless residents of the county shelter, food and assistance on a nightly basis. More than 140 individuals have been assisted through the program.

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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