Fill a backpack for an APS student!

Every Arlington Public School student from grades K-12 needs school supplies to begin the year. APAH is looking for volunteers willing to donate a backpack (or 2!) for the students who call one of APAH’s 15 apartment buildings home.

The average cost for a brand new backpack with supplies can range from $50 to $70 (maybe less if you shop for sales on Virginia’s tax-free weekend August 4-6!). For the families living in an APAH apartment, the cost of these supplies can be burdensome on their budgets.

This is a great opportunity for individuals, families, and large groups. There are more than 550 students at APAH properties. That’s a lot of backpacks!

For more information or to see the list of backpack and supply needs, please email Julie Booth, our Volunteer Program Manager, at If you’re ready to commit to helping one or more students, please email Julie a completed Backpack Commitment Form.

Download flyers to share with your friends or groups here: for individuals or for groups.