Did you know more than 56,000 children in Fairfax County Public Schools receive free or reduced-price meals? For these families, the prospect of purchasing backpacks and supplies their children need to start the school year is stressful, especially when they are struggling with basic needs.
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries is part of a collaborative effort through Collect for Kids to plan a yearly back-to-school campaign to ensure the neediest children in Fairfax County receive the supplies and backpacks they need to succeed in school. For the 12th year, WFCM is partnering with Kids R First, a 501c3 organization, to provide assistance for students in our community who are on free and reduced school meal plans. In western Fairfax County, WFCM provides new, quality backpacks through generous donations from local churches, businesses, community groups, and individuals. Kid R First, our community partner, provides school supplies.
In addition, WFCM will continue its Backpack Program for all 24 FCPS elementary, middle and high schools in western Fairfax County.
Why do backpacks and school supplies matter? Results and research show that when adequately equipped, school children:
- have a more positive feeling of self-worth
- are more attentive in class and have improved classroom behavior
- achieve higher test scores in all academic subjects
How can you get involved?
DONATE NEW BACKPACKS – Please donate new, appropriately sized, quality backpacks. Please no wheels, sling or messenger bags, or corporate logos. An assortment of colors is fine. Costco sells a High Sierra backpack (everyday version) for $19.99 until July 28 ($25.99 after that).
Monetary Donations may be made to CPC with a memo line of BACKPACKS
Please bring backpacks to church on or before August 11, 2019.
For more information please contact Mary Ellen Absetz at: firstname.lastname@example.org