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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Volunteers, sponsors needed for Annandale Pyramid Resource Fair

People started lining up for the 2013 Annandale Pyramid Resource Fair two hours early. By the time the doors opened at 2 p.m., more than 1,000 people were waiting to get in.

School just let out for the summer, but it’s not too early to start thinking about helping families get ready for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Last year’s Annandale Pyramid Back-to-School Resource Fair was so successful, it’s happening again—Aug.13, 2-7 p.m., at Annandale High School.

The Resource Fair provides free backpacks full of school supplies to ensure students arrive on the first day of school ready to learn. With more than half the students in the Annandale pyramid eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, many parents are struggling to make ends meet, so the free school supplies are critical to children’s academic success.

Also at the Resource Fair: free haircuts, medical screenings, and back-to-school clothes, plus lots of information about community agencies, schools, and nonprofits.

More than 10,000 people are invited, including students (and their parents) entering all of the schools in the Annandale pyramid: Annandale Terrace, Braddock, Bren Mar Park, Columbia, Mason Crest, North Springfield, and Weyanoke elementary schools; Holmes and Poe middle schools, and Annandale High School. Four thousand people attended last year.

Volunteers are needed to help with every aspect of this event. Sign up to volunteer online.

There are lots of ways to help make the 2014 Annandale Pyramid Resource Fair a success. Individuals can donate funds online—just $10 will provide a school supply kit—or organize a clothing collection drive. Companies and organizations can sign on as sponsors or exhibitors.

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