Presentations, Resolutions and Proclamations

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April 27, 2007

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Residents and Staff, Issue Proclamations, And Adopt a Resolution

Note to editor: A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county’s Web site at on Monday, April 30. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, May 7.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, April 30, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will recognize residents and staff, and adopt the following resolutions. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Not Your Grandfather’s Technology
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the robotics teams from Forest Edge Elementary School, Reston; Chantilly Academy High School, Chantilly; and Herndon High School, Herndon for their achievements in recent competitions. Each team participated in competitions sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), founded by Dean Kamen in 1989. The purpose of the competition is to inspire young people to participate in science and technology.

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to support the countywide initiative to reduce underage drinking and the “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most” public awareness campaign. The campaign, to be conducted during the months of May and June, urges all residents to join together to educate adults about the dangers of providing alcohol to those under 21 years old. Alcohol is the single most used drug by young people. Underage drinking places a young person at risk for significant health, safety and legal problems. During the past several years, Fairfax County has experienced an increase in teen deaths due to drinking and driving. The Board of Supervisors has made the prevention of underage drinking and driving a priority.

A Dunn Deal for You: Project We Care
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Bill Dunn, senior director at James Lee Community Center, for Project We Care. Since his return from military service in Iraq where he was deployed with the Army Reserve 299th Engineer Company from Fort Belvoir, Dunn has gathered letters, postcards and care packages to send to the troops. Originally begun as a holiday project, the initiative transcends the holidays and continues to grow throughout the year.

Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month in Fairfax County. During the month of May and throughout the year, residents are urged 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 children.

Coming of Age
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Older Americans Month in Fairfax County. The U.S. Administration on Aging has chosen the theme, “Older Americans: Making Choices for a Healthier Future,” for this year’s celebration. County residents are urged to promote and participate in activities that encourage and enhance opportunities for older adults.

Ensuring Health and Safety in Buildings
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Building Safety Week in Fairfax County. Among the most important and basic of laws and ordinances in a community are those that ensure the public’s health and safety in buildings in which people live, work and play. To ensure such safety, Fairfax County, working together with jurisdictions across the state, enforces the Uniform Statewide Building Code designed and maintained with the assistance of the building industry and county residents.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian/Pacific Americans represent many nations and ethnicities, each with its own culture, heritage, language and experience. The talent and work of this diverse group of people has expanded horizons, achieved exceptional success and demonstrated a dedicated belief in equal opportunity in the arts, sciences, commerce, military, law, academia and government.

Following in the Footsteps of the Lady with the Lamp
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 6-12 as Nurses Week in Fairfax County. The nursing profession meets the different and emerging health care needs of a diverse population in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, academia, mental health and public health. Adequate nursing staff is critical to the delivery of quality patient care. Northern Virginia is facing a critical shortage of nurses, with a current shortage of 1,000 nurses and a projected shortage of more than 6,300 by 2020. Residents are urged to celebrate the accomplishments of nursing and encourage others to follow in the footsteps of the “Lady With the Lamp,” Florence Nightingale, the British nurse considered the founder of modern nursing. 


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