Backpacks donated by community/Credit: CornerstonesReston-area nonprofits Cornerstones and Kid R First were able to send nearly 3,000 Reston and Herndon students back to school last week with the items they needed, including new backpacks, school supplies, and gift cards for shoes, haircuts and other necessities.

Student recipients of the 2015 Back to School Drive included Cornerstones’ clients, as well as other local students who receive free or reduced cost school meals, Cornerstones said.

“Childhood is a critical time for all, often setting the course for an individual’s overall social, emotional and physical health as well as economic circumstances,” Cornerstones CEO Kerrie Wilson said in a press release. “Cornerstones works on behalf of the essential needs of our youngest clients through programs that provide resources and care to help our kids excel and feel a sense of normalcy and belonging.”

Thousands of backpacks were donated to Cornerstones by individuals, businesses and organizations through its annual summer backpack drive. Kids R First provides school supplies for the backpacks. Community members also helped with sorting and stuffing backpacks to get ready for the first day of school.


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