by SeoJin Ahn
The Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club Club was a major sponsor of the Stuart Pyramid Back to School Fair held August 9 at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, donating $2,000 to the fair. Also, the fair hosted close to 30 volunteers on July 31, where more than 3,000 school supply kits were packed.
The Stuart Pyramid includes Bailey’s, Beach Tree, Belvedere, Glen Forest, Parklawn and Sleepy Hollow Elementary Schools and Glasgow Middle School and contains more than 8,300 students, 65 percent of which qualify for free or reduced price school meals.
The fair is to provide such students with free school supplies and books, as well as haircuts and hearing and eye exams. Entertainment was provided by face-painters, a DJ and a magician to the crowd of over 3,300. Nearly 240 students received dental exams, 193 students eye exams and 174 students hearing tests. Haircuts were provided to 150 students and nearly 1,000 books were distributed.
Bailey’s Crossroads Rotarians Kate Walter, Glad Hatchl, Sarah Shannon, Curtis Anderson and Kari Kelley helped organize the fair. Bailey’s Rotarians Pat and Dave Borowski, Jim Holcombe, Susan Lydick (and daughters Elaine and Elizabeth), Mona Wasfy, Roger and Neesa Hoskin, Dennis Shannon, Pam Martinov and Harry Henderson volunteered at the fair.