Neighborhood and Community Services

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12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Lloyd Tucker

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Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) promotes the well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing a variety of recreation, educational and developmental programs and services; by facilitating community engagement to identify areas of need and enhance countywide capacity for serving those needs; and by connecting residents with a continuum of county- and community-based resources that promote equity and create positive outcomes for people of all ages and abilities.

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Black History Month 2024

February 29, 2024
Fairfax County marked Black History Month with a proclamation from the Board of Supervisors at a community event, "Unite, Uplift and Celebrate!" on Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Fairfax County Government Center. Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey McKay, Franconia District Supervisor Rodney L. Lusk and County Executive Bryan Hill. delivered remarks during the event. Entertainment was provided by saxophonist Tony Craddock Jr.; students from the Westgate and Hollin Meadows SACC programs; soprano Simone Paulwell; and the Herndon High School step team. Naketa Proctor led the audience in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and Tilly Blanding served as the emcee. Keith Lansdowne made remarks on behalf of Cox Communications.  This year's theme was "The Value of Telling Our Stories." A panel discussion delved into how Black stories are shared, celebrated and preserved for future generations. Panelists included Marion Dobbins, historian and ethnographer; Brenda Faison, Director of Christian Education and Missions for Bethlehem Baptist Church; Mary Lipsey, retired teacher; Sean Miller, teacher and the History and Social Studies Department Chair at South County High School; and Etta Willson, co-author of the book Black Communities of Fairfax: a History. The panel was moderated by Brian Heintz, teacher at West Springfield High School.. Visit Fairfax County Channel 16 to see a news story on the Black History Month program. Visit Flickr to see a full photo album. L to R: James N. Bierman, Jr. – Dranesville District Supervisor:  Robyn Lady – Dranesville District Representative, Fairfax County School Board; Bryan Hill – Fairfax County Executive; Dale Wallace – Black History Month Planning Committee Member; Naketa Proctor – Black History Month Planning Committee Member; Paul Woods – Black History Month Planning Committee Chair; Rodney L. Lusk – Franconia District Supervisor; Emma Marshall – Black History Month Committee Member, Jernita L. Smith – Black History Month Committee Member; Sean Miller – Teacher at South County High School; Andrea Richardson – Black History Month Committee Member; Tilly Blanding – Program Emcee; Jeffrey McKay – Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  
Girls having fun with slime at camp.
February 1, 2024
It’s time to think summer! The Department of Neighborhood and Community Services offers a variety of summer camp options at community centers and Fairfax County Public Schools throughout Fairfax County. Registration for youth and teen camps begins on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Sign up early and secure your spot for a summer of fun activities, new friendships and lasting memories! NCS Camps are offered from June 17 – August 16, 2024; dates, eligibility, cost and registration start dates vary by camp/location. All programs offer reduced fees for eligible families.  Learn more and find the right camp right for your child by exploring NCS’ camp options:    Camp Fairfax Select public schools and community centers across Fairfax County welcome rising first through seventh graders for a weekly summer camp. Campers enjoy exciting opportunities in outdoor adventures, performing arts, sports and recreation, visual arts, science, technology, engineering and math exploration and much more. Summer registration will be on a staggered schedule.  Sully Summer Sports Camps A partnership between NCS and FCPA offers affordable summer camps at Sully Community Center to families with a household income of less than $132,500. Eligible families will pay reduced rates for children to participate in popular Park Authority summer camps offered at Sully Community Center. Teens in Action Teens in Action offers an engaging, healthy and free recreation program for youth ages 12 to 18 to learn, play and serve. Therapeutic Recreation Camps  NCS’ Therapeutic Recreation offers affordable summer camp experiences for individuals (ages 5-22) with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and/or attention deficit disorders. Camps will open registration in April.  Value In Prevention (V.I.P.) Camps Sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, V.I.P. summer camp encourages current or rising middle school students to develop healthy and positive recreation interests through a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. Culmore Summer Soccer Camp Young athletes ages 6-16 can continue to develop their skills and participate in a team setting at this free summer camp at Bailey’s Elementary School in Falls Church. Registration opens in spring. Fairfax County 4-H Camp Fairfax County’s overnight 4-H camp is held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center for campers ages 9-13; high schoolers may also become counselors. The five-day, four-night camp is offered for one week in July. Registration is ongoing.   
Alama Amaker with white hair and in blue sweatshirt works at the front desk of James Lee Community Center.
February 27, 2024
Alma Amaker at work at James Lee CC Alma Amaker remembers James Lee Elementary School when it marked progress for equality in education for Black children in Fairfax County. Amaker was a fourth grader when James Lee, located at 2855 Annandale Rd. in Falls Church, opened it doors as a segregated elementary school in February of 1948. To Amaker, it was a huge step up from the nearby Falls Church Colored School –the two-room schoolhouse with no indoor plumbing she had been attending. “I remember the smell of the brand-new school,” said Amaker, now 85. "There were new desks, new chairs and new books. I still get that smell when I go to the bookstore now. The smell of the new James Lee School flashes in my mind.” All these years later, James Lee, with many additions and renovations, is now a Fairfax County NCS Community Center. And Amaker is here again – working at the front desk where she is a friendly face for the patrons coming to the center. She is a wealth of knowledge about James Lee Community Center AND the old James Lee School. “I’ve been around a long time,” she says with a laugh. “Forever.” Amaker went from James Lee School to Dunbar High in the District as there were no high schools for Black teens in Fairfax County at that time. After graduating from Virginia State University in Petersburg, she taught English in Fairfax County Public Schools for more than 50 years. She says she was inspired by “Miss Nellie,” one of her early teachers at James Lee. James Lee School operated as a school until June 1966, a year after Fairfax County desegregated its schools. As much as Amaker loved her time there, she said “it was like a slap in the face” to see the school closed rather than have children of all races attending. “It was good enough when Black kids went there, but not for white kids?” she questioned. By the 1970s, James Lee became a recreation center, where Amaker’s two children spent lots of time. It was among the few places in the area where Black teens were welcome, she said. “My two children, along with their cousins, would come home from school, change clothes, do their homework and then they were off to James Lee,” Amaker said. “It was a safe haven for children.” James Lee Community Center is named for James Edward Lee, a Black man born free in 1839, who purchased the land where the center sits. In 1945, James Lee’s son, Edward, sold a portion of the original property to the Fairfax County School Board to build a school for Black children. When completed, it was the first Black school with indoor plumbing, heating, a classroom for each grade, a cafeteria and auditorium, according to a historical marker placed there in 2021. Today, it is a hub of activity with a senior center, gym, theater, teen center, technology program and more. Amaker says she loves working there two days a week, greeting people of all ages, cultures and races as they come to the front desk. She is also involved with several center activities, including leading an afterschool reading group for children. “I love it here,” said Amaker, who read a poem, “Lord! Why Did You Make Me Black?”, by RuNett Nia Ebo at James Lee's Black History Month program earlier in February.  James Lee School in 1953. Photo Courtesy FCPS James Lee School in 1954. Photo Courtesy FCPS  

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