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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Crowds descend on Stuart HS for Back-to-School Resource Fair

Thousands of local children are ready to succeed in school this year, thanks to the first-ever Stuart Pyramid Back to School Resource Fair.

Students from elementary and middle schools feeding into Stuart High School were invited to Stuart Aug. 19 to pick up free school supplies, meet educators and volunteers from their school, get free vision and hearing tests, and get a haircut. Popcorn, snow cones, balloon animals, face painting, and a magician lent the event a fun, carnival atmosphere.

Parents had an opportunity to sign up for Fairfax County’s online Student Information Services system, check if their children’s vaccinations are up to date, and check out resources from dozens of Fairfax County and state agencies, Fairfax County Public School departments, and nonprofit organizations. At least 4,700 people showed up.

Several organizations and business helped make the event a success, including the lead donor, the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads, which contributed $7,000.

The Stuart Pyramid Back to School Resource Fair was modeled on a similar effort for the Annandale Pyramid held during the last two years.

Yoselyn, 8, is a student at Bailey's Elementary School, and her brother, Jahson, 11, is heading to Glasgow Middle School.
Students were given a large Ziploc bag full of school supplies.
From the left: Region 2 Executive Principal Jay Pearson, Beech Tree Elementary School Principal Karim Daugherty, Beech Tree Assistant Principal Lisa Daugherty, and Beech Tree instructional coach Christine Garant.
Sarah Shannon (left) of the Virginia Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
Stylists from the ACCH Beauty/Barber Salon in Seven Corners provide free haircuts.
Stuart cheerleaders take charge of face painting.
Captain Token performs magic tricks.
Deylan Baldelomar, 7, a student at Glen Forest Elementary School, takes a hearing test.
A team from Parklawn Elementary School welcomes students and their families.
Children get tips on nutrition from the Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition.


  1. What a great way to get kids excited about going back to school, and a way to help low income families be on a par with more affluent ones. Thanks and bravo to all who made this possible for Stuart and Annandale pyramids.

  2. The school supplies should not go home with kids but be put into a box and sent to the child's school with their name on it. The supplies do not usually make it to the school.