Mark Emery honored for after school programs in Fairfax County middle schools

Mark Emery, administrator of after-school programs for middle schools in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), was honored for his work with a 2011 Afterschool State Champion Award by the Afterschool Alliance.  Emery, who received the award May 17,  oversees the development and implementation of after-school activities in 26 FCPS middle schools.   Emery was nominated by the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time.  He retired from his position as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., after 25 years and currently shares his interest in science, technology, engineering, and math with FCPS students through the middle school after-school programs. He also serves as a board member of the Fairfax Partnership for Youth and the Fairfax County Boys and Girls Club, and is a former chairman of the Fairfax County School Board.

FCPS middle school after-school programs are offered five days per week at all middle schools at no cost to parents. Programs offer academic support and enrichment; social skill and youth development; physical, health, and recreational activity; and family and community involvement. The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization that works to ensure that all youth have access to quality after-school programs.

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