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Community Partner of the Year, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)

Community Partner of the Year, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
There were two finalists for Community Partner of the Year, the Fort Belvoir chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association partnered with Fort Belvoir Elementary School and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra partnered with Instructional Services Department. AFCEA has been working with Fort Belvoir Elementary School for eight years. This partnership’s natural military connections have helped it grow strategically and quickly. At a school with a high student mobility rate – meaning students come and go in the middle of a school year – the constancy and innovation associated with this partnership helps keep student engaged and pushed, with a special focus on STEM teaching and learning.
Finalist Fairfax Symphony Orchestra partnered with the school system’s Department of Instructional Services - Fine Arts Office. For some 30 years the FSO has been involved with in-school music education by offering programs right-in-tune and supplemental to the FCPS curriculum. Their Overture to Orchestra or OTO program introduces orchestra instruments to elementary students, and their SCORE program brings FSO musicians and conductors into schools for one-on-one mentoring instruction, workshops, and master classes. The Fairfax Symphony works with 25 schools, serves 10,000 students and donates some 750 staff hours each year.

Community Partner of the Year, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) There were two finalists for Community Partner of the Year, the Fort Belvoir chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association partnered with Fort Belvoir Elementary School and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra partnered with Instructional Services Department. AFCEA has been working with Fort Belvoir Elementary School for eight years. This partnership’s natural military connections have helped it grow strategically and quickly. At a school with a high student mobility rate – meaning students come and go in the middle of a school year – the constancy and innovation associated with this partnership helps keep student engaged and pushed, with a special focus on STEM teaching and learning. Finalist Fairfax Symphony Orchestra partnered with the school system’s Department of Instructional Services - Fine Arts Office. For some 30 years the FSO has been involved with in-school music education by offering programs right-in-tune and supplemental to the FCPS curriculum. Their Overture to Orchestra or OTO program introduces orchestra instruments to elementary students, and their SCORE program brings FSO musicians and conductors into schools for one-on-one mentoring instruction, workshops, and master classes. The Fairfax Symphony works with 25 schools, serves 10,000 students and donates some 750 staff hours each year. Photo Contributed

— There were two finalists for Community Partner of the Year, the Fort Belvoir chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association partnered with Fort Belvoir Elementary School and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra partnered with Instructional Services Department. AFCEA has been working with Fort Belvoir Elementary School for eight years. This partnership’s natural military connections have helped it grow strategically and quickly. At a school with a high student mobility rate – meaning students come and go in the middle of a school year – the constancy and innovation associated with this partnership helps keep student engaged and pushed, with a special focus on STEM teaching and learning. Finalist Fairfax Symphony Orchestra partnered with the school system’s Department of Instructional Services - Fine Arts Office. For some 30 years the FSO has been involved with in-school music education by offering programs right-in-tune and supplemental to the FCPS curriculum. Their Overture to Orchestra or OTO program introduces orchestra instruments to elementary students, and their SCORE program brings FSO musicians and conductors into schools for one-on-one mentoring instruction, workshops, and master classes. The Fairfax Symphony works with 25 schools, serves 10,000 students and donates some 750 staff hours each year.