Poverty threatens the academic success of many children in Fairfax County; more than 40,000 qualify for free or discounted school lunches.
In response, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department have partnered to collect backpacks for this year’s 10th Annual Backpack Drive. They have set a goal to collect 2,800 backpacks for needy students in Kindergarten through high school.
Last year, with the help of volunteers, more than 2,000 backpacks with school supplies were filled and delivered just in time for the new school year. To participate, drop off backpacks to the Braddock District Office at 9002 Burke Lake Road between now and August 20.