David Gum, president and CEO of the National Fruit Product Company, recently presented a $32,500 check to Carla Newman, coach for the Great Expectations program for foster youth at Lord Fairfax Community College. The college announced the check was presented on May 4 at the 3rd Annual Restoration Concert sponsored by White House Foods.
The concert featured musicians Colton Dixon and Mandisa, two American Idol finalists.
May was National Foster Care Month, and a news release from the college said according to Newman 20 LFCC students are enrolled in the Great Expectations program. The program provides a variety of support services, including academic advising, career counseling, and assistance with the financial aid process. The program also provides a variety of incentive programs to keep students motivated. For example, a student who achieves perfect attendance for two weeks earns a gas card.
According to Newman, two of her students earned associate's degrees at commencement on May 10. The school saw 71 percent successfully complete the semester.
The students in LFCC's Great Expectations program have volunteered with CCAP. They have also participated in cultural opportunities including seeing a play at Shenandoah University and traveling to Washington, D.C., for a Blue Man Group performance at the National Theatre.