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 helped 2,540 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, and had 95 volunteers help sort and distribute supplies to our fifteen partner schools.

We are gearing up for our 2018 Collect for Kids Back to School Program, and are seeking Program Sponsors and Backpack Collection Sites!

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

Did You Know? Approximately 55,000 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 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 is 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 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.