Lucketts Elementary School students and teachers are getting more money to help them excel academically.
Loudoun Education Foundation President Scott Miller and his wife Sharon Virts, the founder of FCi Federal and a former Lucketts Elementary student, announced on Wednesday night at their Selma Mansion home near Leesburg that the foundation would donate $100,000 to the school. Alongside the couple were Loudoun County School Superintendent Eric Williams, Foundation Director Dawn Meyer, U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Del. David Reid (D-32), Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk and County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) and about 100 other foundation supporters.
The donation comes as part of the foundation’s Advancing Excellence campaign, which has already raised $5 million of its $15 million goal in the past year to support capital equipment purchases for the Academies of Loudoun STEM center, teacher grants, professional development, scholarships, recognition events and to ensure that the foundation has the money it needs to continue its mission.
“We have a real opportunity here to transform the school system,” Miller said.
Virts, who attended Lucketts Elementary as a child growing up in Loudoun, pointed out that, although 27 percent of the school’s students are living below the poverty line, the U.S. Department of Education does not recognize it as a title one school—meaning it’s students from low-income families don’t receive federal financial assistance.
Williams said that the foundation’s support would make the county’s school system one of the most innovative, high-caliber school systems in the nation, noting that it awarded $700,000 in grants in 2017.
“It is clear that [the foundation] has reminded us that we should never underestimate students,” he said. “This really is a celebration.”
Meyer said that the donation to Lucketts Elementary makes sense because the heart of the community is the school system and the heart of the school system is its teaching staff.
“Advancing excellence means we are stronger and better when we work together,” she said. “This really is an incredibly exciting time for the Loudoun Education Foundation.”