Community Relations Wins Another Award for Go Green with Gunston

Posted: August 4, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

By Robin Herron

Mason's Community Relations team and Fairfax Office for Children staff members shared in the award from the National Association of Counties. Photo courtesy of Fairfax Office for Children

Mason’s Office of Community Relations, a unit of University Relations, has won another award for its Go Green with Gunston program.

The most recent award, a 2010 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo), comes through the office’s partnership with the Fairfax County Office for Children.

The Go Green with Gunston program was developed in partnership with the National Energy Education Development Project. The innovative, interactive environmental-education program is designed for elementary-school children in kindergarten through third grade who participate in the School Age Child Care (SACC) program, which is run by the Fairfax County Office for Children.

“It is a terrific achievement to win an award from a group that looks for national models and shares those programs with educators around the country. The innovative and interactive approach the Office of Community Relations has taken to use Gunston to educate young children is what makes the program so special and deserving of recognition,” says Christine LaPaille, vice president for University Relations.

The NACo award was presented at a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 27. Traci Claar, director of community relations; Sarah Gallagher, community relations outreach program manager; and the two actors who present the Go Green with Gunston program in the schools, Kathy Sanders and Angela Cushing, accepted the award, along with Fairfax County Office for Children staff members.

This marks the third award for the Go Green with Gunston program. The program also won a 2010 CASE III (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Award of Excellence in the category of Institutional Relations Programs; and a 2010 Spotlight Award from the Virginia Recycling Association for the program’s logo.

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