From Tuesday, August 30, to Thursday, September 1, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department held three events designed to get the children in Fairfax County ready to go back to school. The week's events kicked off on Tuesday with the Haircuts for Kids event at the Gum Springs Recreation Center.
The next day, the Fire and Rescue Department and Police Department gathered at South Gate Recreation Center in Reston for a backpack distribution event.
The biggest event was last. On Thursday, Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, hosted firefighters, police officers, and volunteers for a second backpack and school supply distribution event. For four hours, everyone worked together to stuff school supplies in backpacks and organize the backpacks for distribution to 40 schools throughout Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria. In the end, over 1,500 backpacks were given to help students go back to school with the supplies they need for a successful year.