|From the left: Heather Boyd, Rachel Charlton, Karey Starnes, Ben Hester, Elias Markez, Bill Bailey, Tricia Brown, Mary Ann Buckley, Christy Speicher, Nicole Yacubovich, Max Gross, Dave Borowski, Jennifer Rose, and Bob Polson.|
By Bob Polson
The Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads, in partnership with Fairfax-based Our Daily Bread, provided more than 500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to three public schools in Mason District—Bailey’s Elementary School, Glasgow Middle School, and J.E.B Stuart High School—in time for the first day of school, Sept. 4.
The partnership was formed to support Fairfax County Public Schools’ Collect for Kids program, which works to provide school supplies to disadvantaged students. Bailey’s Rotary Club donated $1,500, and individual Rotarians also made generous contributions.
Bailey’s Rotary members who donated and distributed the packs to schools in mid-August included: Rotary president Susan Lydick, Ben Hester, Patricia Borowski, Karey Starnes, Michelle Peters, David Feld, and Jim Holcombe.
Jennifer Rose, Our Daily Bread development manager, Jenna McCabe, and Becca Brummett coordinated the purchase of supplies. Volunteers at the schools loaded the backpacks with supplies and gave them students on the first day of class.
Alvin Gregorio, Larry Jamieson, and Gloria Rubin ran the effort at Stuart High School. At Glasgow, Michelle Peters, Lindsay Blanken, and Clara Compos managed the backpack drive. Nicole Yacubovich and Maria Demarest coordinated the efforts at Bailey’s Elementary. Rotarian Jim Holcombe, a teacher at Stuart, was instrumental in coordinating the entire effort.
The Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads has been actively serving the Bailey’s Community since 1977. The club supports Rotary Interact Clubs at Stuart and Glasgow and supports several ongoing school programs at Bailey’s Elementary School. For membership information, visit the club’s website.
Bob Polson is a member of the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club.