March 10 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 7 Presentations


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March 6, 2008

March 10 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 7 Presentations

Note to editor: A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county's Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/presentations.htm on Monday, March 10.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, March 10, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., will recognize residents and issue proclamations. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

March 9-15 Is Girl Scout Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate March 9-15 as Girl Scout Week in Fairfax County. Currently there are more than 15,000 registered Girl Scouts in Fairfax County. These young ladies perform a wide range of community service projects to make life better for older adults, children who are hospitalized or in foster care, as well as others who may need a helping hand. The first Girl Scout troop was founded on March 12, 1912, by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Ga. Girl Scouts now exist throughout the United States, U.S. territories and more than 90 countries.

Herndon High School Teacher Wins Award
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Doug Graney, a political science and philosophy teacher at Herndon High School, for being named a national finalist for the 2008 National Education Association Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and receiving the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. Graney is known for his creative instructional expertise, attention to diversity, community engagement, advocacy for the teaching profession and leadership in professional development.

Including Each and All
The Board of Supervisors will designate March as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Inclusion Month in Fairfax County, noting that the most effective methods for promoting inclusion are public knowledge and understanding. The Arc of Northern Virginia, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and their network of nonprofit service provider agencies are committed to supporting people with disabilities to achieve self-determined lifestyles. In recognition of the potential of people with developmental disabilities, the Board of Supervisors urges everyone to include these residents in all aspects of life in Fairfax County.

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Fairfax County. The focus for this year is to raise public awareness that shaking a child has severe consequences including brain damage, blindness and death.

March Is Women's History Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate March as Women's History Month in Fairfax County marking the 160th anniversary of the Women's Rights Movement. Women of every culture, class and ethic background have made historic contributions to the development and growth of Fairfax County. Women's History Month highlights these advancements and accomplishments.

Tuberculosis Awareness Day
The Board of Supervisors will designate March 24 as Tuberculosis Awareness Day in Fairfax County. This year marks the 126th anniversary of the discovery of the organism that causes tuberculosis (TB). In countries worldwide, this day is set aside to raise awareness of tuberculosis and its effects on public health. There are 2 billion people in the world infected with the TB organism, 8 million people develop the disease each year and every 20 seconds one person dies of the disease.

March 10-17 Is MS Awareness Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate March 10-17 as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in Fairfax County. Multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, is a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system that affects more than 1,400 people in Fairfax County, nearly 10,000 in Virginia and 400,000 nationwide. Researchers continue to seek a cure while contributing to the development of improved treatment options that enhance the quality of life for those with MS. All residents of Fairfax County are urged to increase their understanding and awareness of multiple sclerosis and those who have this disease.

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