Back to School

Thank You for Helping Our Kids! 

Britepaths is so grateful to everyone who supported our 2017 Collect for Kids Back to School Program! We reached our goal to help 2,500 students start the school year with the tools they need to become successful students. We raised more than $30,000 and collected 617 backpacks and 27 calculators from 20 community organizations and online donations. During the weeks of July 31 through August 11, we had 95 volunteers come and help sort and distribute supplies to the fifteen schools we have partnered with on this effort. Your donated calculators will be borrowed by students to use in class or at home as part of a loaner program.

It Takes a Community to Make a Difference!

Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, businesses/organizations that served as donation collection sites, businesses/organizations that ran donation drives, and volunteers who helped us sort and distribute supplies or helped us get out the word about the program. And thank you to the teachers, staff and administrators at our partner schools who are on the front lines helping these kids! Hundreds of caring neighbors made this happen, and we are so grateful!

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors
  • MAXIMUS Foundation
  • American Association of University Women, Falls Church Area (VA) Chapter
  • Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation
  • Fairfax Woman Magazine (media sponsor)
  • Fairfax County Mothers of Multiples
  • Highlight Technologies
  • Optimist Club of Greater Vienna
  • Malek's Pizza Palace
  • Ronnie Elias Salon
  • Rotary Club of Bailey's Crossroads
  • Unity of Fairfax
Thank You Backpack Collection Partners!

Cinema Arts Theatre · Cox Farms · Delegate Kathleen Murphy · Freedom Bank of Virginia · GAP Solutions, Inc. · Gathering Grounds Cafe · Dr. Gene Sweetnam, OD · Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia · Pure Performance · Quest Diagnostics · Solaris Laser and Skin Care · STEM exCEL · Sugar Mama's Ice Cream · Union Bank Burke · University Mall Theatre · Westminster School's Camp Griffin

Thank You to Organizations That Ran Donation Drives!

Apple Federal Credit Union · Freedom Bank · GAP Solutions · Girl Scout Troop 1432 · Girl Scout Troop 1991 · Holy Trinity Church · JCCNV Camps Achva and Kadima · Judah Praise Fellowship Church · Ladies of Fairfax Walking Group · Laurel Ridge Elementary SCA · Lake View Pool · Our Lady of Good Counsel · Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman · Plato's Closet Fairfax · Playa Hotels & Resorts · Southside 815 · Unity of Fairfax · Vienna Baptist Church · Xator Corporation

Program Contact: Joanne Walton at or 703.273.8829.

About Our Program

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

Britepaths' Collect for Kids Back to School Program runs each summer in partnership with 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 Kids R First, 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 was to assist 2,500 or more students who primarily attend schools in the Fairfax High School and JEB Stuart High School Pyramids. The supplies we purchased, along with backpack and calculator donations we received, were distributed directly to our partner schools and are then distributed to students who have been identified as needing assistance when school starts.