In August and September, students from kindergarten to high school receive lengthy lists of school supplies. But for families who struggle monthly to make rental payments or buy groceries, these extra purchases are too much of a stretch. So Kids R First makes up the difference. Participating Fairfax and Loudoun County schools submit orders for needed supplies; items are purchased from corporate partners; volunteers sort supplies for distribution; and 90 schools pick up custom orders for 19,500 students in time for the first bell. For high school students who need extra help to cover a college application fee, sign up for the SATs, or pay for an extracurricular activity, Kids R First offers “mini scholarships” – the amounts are small, under $150, but they make a huge difference for students whose families lack discretionary income. Education can be the road out of poverty, and Kids R First is determined to ensure that all students can participate fully in their educational experiences. 98.6% of donations support programs for kids. Think of the impact your gift will have.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; The communities of:; Reston; Herndon; Sterling; Asburn; Centreville; Chantilly; Fairfax; Falls Church; Annandale

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: *In Aug./Sept.2013 a total of 19,500 underserved students were provided supplies by Kids R First at these schools listed below. ; In 2012: 532 students were helped with College or Career Bound (CCB) mini-scholarships at 18 high schools listed below. ; *Alexandria, VA (Fairfax Co.); *Cameron Elementary; *Cameron Alternative Learning Center; *Weyanoke Elementary; Annandale, VA (Fairfax Co.); Annandale High School (CCB) mini-scholarships only); ; *Centreville, VA Schools (Fairfax Co.); *Bull Run Elementary; *Centre Redge Elementary; *Centreville Elementary; *Centreville High School; *Colin Powell Elementary; *Cub Run Elementary; *Deer Park Elementary; *Liberty Middle; *London Town Elementary; *Mountain View Alternative High School; *Stone Middle; *Virginia Run Elementary; *Mountain View Alternative Learning Center (AIM !!); *Chantilly, VA Schools (Fairfax Co.); *Brookfield Elementary; *Chantilly High School; *Franklin Middle; *Greenbriar East Elementary; *Greenbriar West Elementary; *Lees Corner Elementary; *Rocky Run Middle; *Westfield High Sch; Chantilly Academy - (CCB) mini-scholarships only; *Fairfax, VA (Fairfax Co.); *Eagle View Elementary; *Interagency Alternative Schools; *Fairfax Villa Elementary ; *Providence Elementary; *Herndon, VA Schools: (Fairfax Co.); *Clearview Elementary; *Fox Mill Elementary; *Herndon Elementary; *Herndon High School; *Herndon Middle; *Hutchison Elementary; *Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary; *Rachael Carson Middle; *McNair Elementary; *Oak Hill Elementary; *Reston, VA Schools: (Fairfax Co.); *Aldrin Elementary; *Armstrong Elementary; *Dogwood Elementary; *Forest Edge Elementary; *Langston Hughes Middle; *Hunters Woods Elementary; *Lake Anne Elementary; *South Lakes High School; *Sunrise Valley Elementary; *Terraset Elementary; *Falls Church, VA (Fairfax Co.); *Bryant Alternative High School; *Falls Church High School ; *Montrose Alternative Learning Center; Jeb Stuart High School (CCB) mini-scholarships only; Marshall High School (CCB) mini-scholarships only; ; *Ashburn, VA Schools: (Loudoun Co); *Briar Woods High School; *Broad Run High School; *Eagle Ridge Middle School; *Freedom High School; *Heritage High School; *Hutdhison Farm Elementary School; *J.L. Simpson Middle School; *Stone Bridge High School; *Blue Ridge Middle School ; *Leesburg, VA (Loudoun Co.); *Louudoun County High School; *Sterling,VA Schools: (Loudoun Co.); *Countryside Elementary; *Dominion High School; *Forest Grove Elementary; *Guilford Elementary; *Lowes Island Elementary; *Meadowland Elementary; *Park View High School; *Rolling Ridge Elementary; *Seneca Ridge Middle; *Sterling Elementary; *Sterling Middle; *Sugarland Elementary; *Sully Elementary ; These are the main schools. There are students helped in other communities, but are not helped school wide.

Awards & Recognition

Susan Ungerer, President and Founder - May, 2012 Honored as one of the "Most Influential Women of Virginia" by Virginia Lawyers Media AND 2011 Fairfax Cjounty "Citizen of the Year" by the Times Community Newspaper of the Washington Post.

Reston Association Publication: 2011 Summer Edition - feature article: Kids R First p. 26-28

"Visionaries In Our Midst", 2008: By Allison Silberberg - a chapter features Kids R First.

Best of Reston Award - 2005 given for outstanding service for improving the opportunities for thousands of students' educational experiences from families of less fortunante.

There have been many other awards given since the founding of Kids R First since 1998.


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Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Kids R First is: Less than $500k

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