BACK TO SCHOOL 2016 Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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.

Over 100 boys and girls received free haircuts from firefighters and local barbers. The Fire and Rescue Department partnered with the Fairfax County Police Department to provide some entertainment for the children while they waited. They danced to music, hung out with McGruff the Crime Dog, got a tour of the Fairfax County Police helicopter, received fire safety materials, and were treated to a pizza lunch.

The next day, the Fire and Rescue Department and Police Department gathered at South Gate Recreation Center in Reston for a backpack distribution event.

Firefighters, officers, and volunteers stuffed school supplies in approximately 80 backpacks and distributed them to elementary through high school students. After the backpacks were handed out, everyone stayed to shoot some hoops and have a pizza lunch.

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.

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