Back to School

Help Local Students in Need Succeed in the New School Year! 


Did you know that 52,000 students in Fairfax County Public Schools qualify to receive free or reduced-price meal assistance? When families are struggling to pay the rent and put food on the table, there is little extra for expenses like school supplies. Your support for Britepaths' Collect for Kids Back to School Program this summer will help us assist 2,500+ students in need in central Fairfax with supplies for the new school year. Our collection runs from July 1 through August 5. 

Share Our Flyer · Read the Fairfax Woman Article · Join our Facebook Event · Press Release

  • Donate Funds: DONATE NOW Help us purchase supplies at a steep discount. $30 will help two students! Any amount will make a big difference! Mail checks to our office. Please write "BTS" in the memo line.
  • Donate Backpacks: Drop off at our office anytime, Monday-Friday between 10am-2pm, or by appointment (closed July 3 & 4). Our office is located in the Massey Building Annex, located at 4080 Chain Bridge Rd., 2nd Floor; Fairfax, VA 22030. You may also drop off at any of our collection partners listed below, or use our Amazon or Dollar Days wish lists and ship your donation directly to our office.
  • Donate Scientific Calculators: New or gently used TI-30Xa or TI-84 models may be dropped off at our office or ordered via Amazon.
  • Become a Corporate Sponsor! Click Here to learn more about Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities. Ready to make your financial committment? Click Here or mail a check to Britepaths, 4080 Chain Bridge Rd., 2nd Floor; Fairfax, VA 22030. Be sure to put "BTS" in the memo line!
  • Volunteer: Sign up to help us Sort School Supplies, July 31-August 4 at Oak View ES in Fairfax or August 7-11 at Glen Forest ES in Falls Church. Youth volunteers welcome! Children under age 14 must volunteer with an adult. NEW: Sign Up to help by posting/handing out flyers. Contact Joanne Walton to learn more.
  • Run a Donation Drive: Collect cash, backpacks and calculators in your neighborhood, at your pool, in your office or faith congregation, etc.  
  • Dine at Malek's, July 31: Our Program will receive 25% of all sales made at Malek's Pizza Palace in Springfield on Monday, July 31! Share the Flyer 

Contact Joanne Walton at or 703.273.8829 if you can help or want to learn more.

Thank You Backpack Collection Partners!

Drop Off Donations at these local partners, July 1-August 5; Printable Flyer

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors
  • MAXIMUS Foundation
  • American Association of University Women
  • Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Rotary Club of Bailey's Crossroads
  • Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation
  • Optimist Club of Greater Vienna
  • Unity of Fairfax
Thank You to Organizations Running Donation Drives

Deepwood Pool · GAP Solutions · JCCNV Camps Achva and Kadima · Laurel Ridge Elementary SCA · Lake View Pool · Our Lady of Good Counsel · Playa Hotels & Resorts · Unity of Fairfax

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 help 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 help 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.