Back to School

UPDATE: August 12: Britepaths is so grateful for the outpouring of donations to our Collect for Kids Back to School Program. We called for help, and YOU responded! We've raised approximately $7,600 since August 1. We are still working to raise $9,400 tocover the cost of supplies we purchased. 

We Can Still Use YOUR Help! We are in the process of ensuring that supplies are delivered to our Fairfax County Public Schools partner schools. ALL 2,500 students we pledged to serve WILL be served. But you can still Donate Now to help cover the funds we spent to make sure our kids go back to school with dignity and all the supplies they need.

Through our partnership with Fairfax County's Collect for Kids initiative, we are making your donations count -- purchasing all needed supplies for $10-$15 per student! Can You Help? Please give on-line, by mail, or at our office! We still have a few backpack collection sites available through August 18. Another way to help: 24 Hour Fitness Falls Church Zumba Event 8/18


DONATE NOW to help us purchase supplies at a bulk discount. Checks area also welcome! Mailing info Below.

Our collection of Backpacks and Calculators is winding down. See below for more information.

Program Contact: Joanne Walton at or 703.273.8829.

Thank You to Our 2018 Program Sponsors!
MAXIMUS Foundation
Rotary Club of Bailey's Crossroads
Bob's Discount Furniture Foundation
Unity of Fairfax
Highlight Technologies
Optimist Club of Greater Vienna Youth Fund

Drop-Off/Mailing Information

Donations of funds, backpacks and calculators still welcome at our office.
We are winding down our backpack and calculator collection. Donate at our office, or the 5 drop-off locations listed below.

  • Britepaths' office and mailing address is: 4080 Chain Bridge Road, 2nd Floor, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Directions).
  • Checks are Welcome! Please mail to Britepaths at this address and be sure to write "BTS" in the memo line.
  • Delivering Donations to Britepaths: If delivering funds, backpacks or calculators, please be mindful of our office hours 10a-2p, Monday through Friday. We advise calling ahead at 703.273.8829 to let us know you're coming. You may also call or email Joanne Walton at to arrange a different delivery time.
  • Order Through Our Wish Lists: Donate Backpacks and Calculators via our Amazon or Backpacks via Dollar Days.
Thank You to Our Partner Backpack Collection Sites!

Drop off backpack donations at these participating businesses and organizations through August 18

  • 24 Hour Fitness 3 Locations through Aug. 18. Note Aug. 18 Zumba Event in Falls Church!
    Fairfax: 12300 Price Club Plaza, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Falls Church: 1000 East Broad Street Falls Church, VA 22042
    Tysons/Vienna: 1500 Cornerside Blvd. Vienna, VA 22182
  • Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce 7925 Jones Branch Drive, Ste LL200, Tysons, VA 22102 (through Aug. 17)
  • WeWork Tysons 1775 Tysons Boulevard, 5th Floor, Tysons, VA 22102 (collecting through Aug. 17)

24 Hour Fitness: Zumba Fundraiser to benefit our Back to School Program!

Saturday, August 18, 2-3:30 p.m. at 1000 East Broad Street Falls Church, VA 22042
Free and open to the public. Donations of funds, backpacks and calculators requested.
View Flyer · Click Here for More Information

Thank You to Organizations Running Donation Drives!

The Brennan Team, Long and Foster Realtors · Crescent in Falls Church · Custom Ink · GAP Solutions · Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia · Highlight Technologies · Brandon Lowkaran, Realtor, Keller Williams Reston · Miller Consulting Group, LLC · Playa Hotels and Resorts · Quest Diagnostics · Southside815 · Tysons Chamber of Commerce · Unity of Fairfax · WeWork Tysons · Xator Corporation

Thank You to Organizations Who Served as Backpack Collection Sites Through August 5!

Cox Farms · Fairfax Towing & Quality Auto Body · Freedom Bank Northern VA Locations · Financial Empowerment Center at South County · Gathering Grounds Coffee Shop · Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia · JCC Northern Virginia · Quest Diagnostics Chantilly · STEM exCEL · Sun & Moon Yoga · Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center · Sugar Mama's Ice Cream · Unity of Fairfax · Virginia International University · Woody's Ice Cream

About Our Program

How Does It Work? Read the Articles: Fairfax Connection · Annandale Blog

Did You Know? Approximately 54,000 children in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Their families are struggling to purchase school supplies in addition to paying for basic necessities.

Britepaths' Collect for Kids Back to School Program runs each summer in partnership with Collect for Kids in a County-wide effort to ensure that children in our community whose families are struggling receive the supplies they need to succeed in school. The program is made possible through a partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, the Fairfax County Office of Public and Private Partnerships, Apple Federal Credit Union and numerous community-based organizations and businesses in the Fairfax County area who are working together to provide supplies in a more cost-effective and efficient way.

Your financial donations helped us purchase supplies at a huge discount with the collective spending power of the partnership. Where most families spend $40 or more for supplies for each child, we spend approximately $10-$15 per student on supplies, and your backpack and calculator donations helped even more.

Our goal this summer is to assist 2,500 or more students who primarily attend schools in the Fairfax High School and J.E.B. Stuart/Justice High School Pyramids. The supplies we purchase, along with backpack and calculator donations we receive, are distributed directly to our partner schools and are then distributed to students who have been identified as needing assistance when school starts.

Proud to Partner with These Fairfax County Public Schools to Help Their Students:

Stuart/Justice High School in Falls Church and the following feeder schools:

  • Bailey's Elementary
  • Bailey's Upper 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:

  • Bonnie Brae Elementary, Fairfax
  • Poe Middle School, Annandale
  • Oak View Elementary, Fairfax
  • Quander Road School, Alexandria
  • South County Middle School, Lorton