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Annual Back to School Drive

Help Our Youngest Neighbors Prepare for Success

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 donation to the David Paley Memorial Game Night on July 24, or to the synagogue lobby by Thursday, August 11. 

Bags must be new, have no wheels or corporate logos on them. Here's 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? You can use this link: Cornerstones Back-to-School Drive Wish List on Amazon to order one or more backpacks from Amazon and they will be sent directly to Cornerstones. 

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 the Social Action Co-chairs at

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