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TJHSST Student Wins Tony Griffin Partnership Leader Award

Kevin Cao was recently acknowledged by the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology student Kevin Cao was recently awarded the Tony Griffin Partnership Leader Award for his work with Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education (GIVE) — a non-profit organization he founded with a fellow classmate and another student from Robinson Secondary School.

Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognized Cao and 11 other public private partners at an awards ceremony on May 21 hosted by George Mason University at the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel in Fairfax.

“Hundreds of our local business and individuals are giving their time, talent and resources as partners in the community. When businesses, the county, FCPS and the local nonprofits team up everybody is a winner,” said Patricia Stevens, executive director of Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships.

GIVE is a completely student-run nonprofit organization that offers tutoring programs for disadvantaged children in Fairfax County. The organization started off with one tutoring center in the county. Today, GIVE has 12 centers — 11 in Fairfax County and one in Loudoun County.

The county and FCPS recognized business and community for their continued community contributions at the Celebrate Partnerships awards ceremony. For a full list of those who received awards, click here.

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