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Loudoun School-Business Partnership Executive Council Celebrates School and Community Partners

The Loudoun School-Business Partnership Executive Council held its annual partnership breakfast on Friday, April 19, at the National Conference Center. More than 600 attended to promote the collaboration and recognition of partnerships between Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) and community partners. The theme for this year’s breakfast, which was fully sponsored by business partners, was OneLCPS: Forward Together

Loudoun County Public Schools values collaboration with the Loudoun community to empower all students to make meaningful contributions to the world. The School-Business Partnership Executive Council, created by a directive by the Loudoun County School Board to the Superintendent in 1990, is the representative body for all school and office partnerships and is integral and invested in working with the division and community.  

“School partnerships are close to my heart because I know that without them, we could not be as successful as we are,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “Partnerships connect our students and staff to opportunities they may not otherwise have, and show our LCPS community how much support there is for our schools.”

The program included recognizing school and community partnerships that represent different types of collaboration integral to LCPS. The recognitions are foundational to giving the community a chance to learn about engagement between schools and local business partners and include both organizations and individuals who positively impact Loudoun students.   

This year’s honorees were:

J. Hamilton Lambert Exemplary Service in Education and Leadership Award

Odette Scovel, Office of Science Supervisor (Retired)

Legacy Award:

Inova Loudoun Hospital

Make a Difference Award:

Ashburn Village Homeowners Association

Virginia Department of Forestry

Change X/Amazon Web Services in partnership with Farmwell Station Middle School 

Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) Business Honor Roll:

Amazon Web Services (AWS) in partnership with the Loudoun Education Foundation and the Office of Computer Science.  

Loudoun Laurels Foundation in partnership with the Tuscarora High School AVID program and the Office of School Counseling CAMPUS Program, both for first generation higher education students. 

Climatic Heating and Cooling, Inc. in partnership with the Academies of Loudoun.

Additional partnerships profiled included:

Beckstrom Electric and Woodgrove High School and Loudoun Valley High School– Beckstrom, a staple business of Western Loudoun headquartered in Purcellville, has been a regular presence in helping inform, teach, and access career pathways in the electrical trades field.  From in-person lunch and learns to Career Fairs, to establishing their own electrical training apprenticeship program, Beckstrom has dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours throughout their rich history with LCPS Western Loudoun high schools.

Carol Rehman and Frederick Douglass Elementary School – Carol, known to the Frederick Douglass Elementary School family as “Gigi”, is a volunteer/family partner for education. As a great-grandmother, Gigi exhibits the power and impact of intergenerational family involvement in education in LCPS, showing how one volunteer can contribute substantially to affect everyone positively in a school community. 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) and LCPS Office of Computer Science - Amazon is committed to using its scale for good and resources to support the communities it calls home. Through its longstanding relationship with LEF and LCPS, AWS helps advance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education and provides weekend meal bags to students in need so they show up to class ready to learn and succeed. Through its AWS Think Big Space, students explore hands-on technical education and cloud computing training and educators receive professional development to allow them to further integrate STEAM into K-8 instruction. AWS supported the high school curriculum by establishing a pilot Computer Science Cloud Computing course. Amazon also supports LEF through Amazon Local Good (ALG) which has delivered over 250,000 essential food items to date to support LEF’s FuelED program. Each week, ALG delivers nearly 1,000 meal bags each week to 35-40 schools as part of Amazon’s broader commitment to addressing food security issues.  

VCE Loudoun 4-H Embryology Program with Emerick Elementary School, LCPS Library and Media Services, and LCPS Science Office - A Loudoun-specific economy sector partnership in agriculture, Loudoun’s local Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Office houses the Loudoun 4-H Program which educates students on the biological sciences with the Beginning of Life Embryology Program. The Loudoun 4-H program and the Science Office work together to provide curriculum, train teachers, and supply eggs for hatching and proper incubation habitats. Instructionally, Emerick ES’s Library Services innovated to provide a curriculum for all grade levels to learn about baby chick development and the beginning of life phases. This partnership impacts more than 28,000 LCPS students annually.  

Dulles South Food Pantry with Hutchison Farm Elementary School - The Dulles South Food Pantry impacts an entire geographic area surrounding Hutchison Farm ES. This partnership highlights the collaborative effort to tackle food insecurity among our Loudoun students and families.

Published April 23, 2024