Fauquier Community Shows Support for FCPS Educators
October 28, 2020
Businesses, schools and families alike have felt the impact of COVID-19. Yet since the start of September, Fauquier businesses have donated food, time and resources to show their appreciation for the hard-working educators at Fauquier County Public Schools.
FCPS Behavior Interventionist Robin Verity organized the effort in hopes of offering support to teachers and students. “What a supportive community we live in,” Verity said. “During these stressful times, smiles are popping up on our teachers' faces because of the kindness and generosity of many of our local merchants.”
Verity serves C.M. Bradley, W.G. Coleman, Claude Thompson and P.B. Smith elementary schools. She came up with the idea while in a meeting at Coleman. “I had a thought that if we could boost our teachers and show them some appreciation, the positive energy would roll down and support our students,” Verity said.
Businesses have made donations ranging from gift cards to full meals for entire schools. The Whole Ox provided a full spread, including sandwiches, salads and dessert for northern county schools. Nick’s Market donated lunch and breakfast to teachers in the Marshall area. Sherrie’s Stuff, Molly’s Irish Pub, Black Bear Bistro, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Denim and Pearls provided gift cards. Many others generously donated their time and resources.
From virtual learning to in-person classes, determining what is best for Fauquier County students has been no easy task. FCPS teachers are adapting their lessons, learning new tools to deliver instruction and putting in hours they never dreamed of o teach our students effectively.
“These acts of kindness from our community bring teachers a bit of the appreciation that they deserve, and we all know that a little appreciation can go a long way,” Verity said. “In the end, if our teachers are feeling confident and appreciated, it is our children who will reap the benefits.”
Community businesses that would like to participate and donate should contact Tara Helkowski at email@example.com.
These are challenging times for our retailers too, and they still supported our teachers without hesitation. Thank you to the following vendors for their generosity.
The Whole Ox
Nick’s Market & Deli
Field and Main
Old Salem Café
West Main Coffee Shop
Sunny Hills American Café
The Open Book
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Latitudes Fair Trade Store
Gateau Bakery Café & Tea Room
Third + Main
Denim and Pearls
Molly’s Irish Pub
Black Bear Bistro
Bad Ass Pickles
VonCanon General Store
The Town Duck