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2023 Back to School Drive

Help Our Youngest Neighbors Prepare for Success

Through Thursday, August 3

CBE is once again partnering with Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) and other faith communities and local companies in their annual Back to School Drive, which equips thousands of children in the Reston-Herndon area with new backpacks.

Please bring your backpacks to the Beth Emeth lobby by Thursday, August 3.

Bags must be new, have no wheels or corporate logos on them. Here are the requested sizes (these have changed since last year): 

  • Elementary School Backpacks – 15″ H x 8″ W
  • Middle School Backpacks – 17″ H x 9″ W
  • High School Backpacks– 19″ H x 9.5″ W (greatest need!)

Don't have time to shop? Order from Cornerstones' Amazon wish list and backpacks will be sent directly to Cornerstones. Be sure to include your name and email address, and Congregation Beth Emeth in the comments, so Cornerstones can thank you and they'll know it comes from a CBE member. 

Whether you bring a bag or have it shipped, please ALSO fill in the brief Cornerstones' in-kind donations form (choose “Assistance Services and Pantry Program” in the “Designation” field), and indicate your affiliation with CBE. That helps Cornerstones with needed information, and you can also use your confirmation email as a tax receipt.

There are more details about this program on the Cornerstones site.

Questions about CBE's participation in the Back to School Drive? Contact

Sat, September 30 2023 15 Tishrei 5784