Media Release: Britepaths Seeks Community Support for School Supply Program

June 22nd, 2017

Collect for Kids Back to School Program Runs from July 1 through August 5
Goal to Provide Supplies to 2,500 School Children in Central Fairfax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lisa Whetzel, lwhetzel@britepaths.org, 703.273.8829

FAIRFAX, VA (June 22, 2017) – Fairfax-based non-profit Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) is seeking volunteers from the community to donate funds, backpacks and calculators to assist students in need who attend schools in the Fairfax County area as part of its annual Collect for Kids Back to School Program.

Britepaths’ goal is to provide supplies for at least 2,500 students who attend schools in the Fairfax High School pyramid, J.E.B. Stuart High School pyramid, and a few other central Fairfax schools. Britepaths provides the supplies to its partner schools for distribution to students with demonstrated need. In 2016, Britepaths assisted 2,600 children.

Community members interested in helping may make a donation through Britepaths’ secure on-line donation page at: http://britepaths.org or mail a check to 4080 Chain Bridge Road, 2nd Floor, Fairfax, VA 22030. Write “BTS” in the memo line. Donations of new backpacks and scientific calculators are also welcome. They may be brought to Britepaths’ offices through August 5, Mondays through Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (office is closed on July 3 and 4).

Additional local donation drop-off sites are listed below and on Britepaths’ web site. Backpacks may also be ordered and shipped directly to Britepaths through “wish lists” on Amazon.com and DollarDays.com. For more information on donating or sponsoring the program, contact Joanne Walton at 703-273-8829 or jwalton@britepaths.org, or visit http://britepaths.org

Britepaths is collaborating with Fairfax County’s Collect for Kids partnership, which includes Kids R First, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the Fairfax County Office of Public-Private Partnerships and a variety of local non-profit organizations and businesses, to serve as many FCPS students in need as possible by purchasing high-quality school supplies at discounted prices.

The partnership allows Britepaths to provide all the supplies a student needs for approximately $15 per student (and often $10 or less for elementary students), where it can often cost $40 or more per child to purchase all the necessary supplies from retail stores.

Lisa Whetzel, Britepaths’ Executive Director, said, “It is incredible to think that 52,000 students in the Fairfax County Public Schools system are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Their parents are struggling to put food on the table, and the prospect of finding funds to put toward school supplies is stressful for them. We hope the community will respond generously to ensure that children whose families are in crisis are able to return to school this fall with all the tools they need to succeed in the new school year.”

The following local businesses are partnering with Britepaths this summer to serve as donation drop-off sites:

  • Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, VA 20120
  • Delegate Kathleen Murphy's Constituent Office, 6888 Elm St., Ste 1C, McLean, VA 22101
  • GAP Solutions, Inc., 205 Van Buren St, Herndon, VA 20170; Drop off in Suite 205
  • Gathering Grounds Cafe At University Mall, 10637 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Dr. Gene Sweetnam, OD, 5204A Rolling Rd, Burke, VA 22015
  • Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031
  • Quest Diagnostics 14225 Newbrook Dr., Chantilly, VA 20151
  • Solaris Laser and Skin Care, 513 Maple Ave. W, Vienna, VA 22180
  • Spine and Joint Institute, 9990 Fairfax Blvd. #115, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • STEM exCEL, 4010 University Dr. #104, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Sugar Mama's Ice Cream, 11208 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Union Bank Burke, 6050 Burke Commons Rd., Suite A, Burke, VA 22015
  • Westminster School's Camp Griffin, 3819 Gallows Rd., Annandale, VA 22003

Britepaths is grateful to its flagship sponsor of the 2017 Collect for Kids Back to School Program, MAXIMUS Foundation, which provided a $3,000 grant that will assist more than 200 students, as well as the American Association of University Women and Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church for sponsoring the program. And a special thank you to the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads, which for the sixth year is partnering with Britepaths to help fund and deliver supplies to Bailey’s Elementary, Glasgow Middle School and JEB Stuart High School.

The following organizations are running donation drives to support the Program: Deepwood Pool, GAP Solutions Inc., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Camps Achva and Kadima, Laurel Ridge Elementary Student Council Association, Lake View Pool, Our Lady of Good Counsel and Unity of Fairfax.

The Fairfax County Public Schools with which Britepaths is partnering to provide supplies include:

Stuart High School in Falls Church and the following feeder schools:
Bailey's Elementary
Beech Tree Elementary
Belvedere Elementary
Glen Forest Elementary
Parklawn Elementary
Sleepy Hollow Elementary
Glasgow Middle School

Fairfax High School in Fairfax City and the following feeder schools:
Daniel's Run Elementary
Fairfax Villa Elementary
Lanier Middle School

Additional Partner Schools:
Poe Middle School, Annandale
Bonnie Brae Elementary, Fairfax
Oak View Elementary, Fairfax

Britepaths provides assistance and a way forward for struggling individuals and families throughout the Fairfax County area. The organization relies on funding and volunteer support from businesses, individuals, community organizations and faith communities to provide services that: Stabilize Families: supplemental food and financial assistance; Build Resilience: Financial Education, Project BRIDGE and the Naomi Project; and offer Seasonal Supports: Back to School and Holiday assistance. More information is available at: http://britepaths.org.

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