DynCorp International was a proud sponsor of this year’s USO-Metro Operation Back to School. The program provides backpacks complete with school supplies to approximately 4,000 local military children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
DI participated in all three phases of this year’s program by collecting supply donations, volunteering to stuff backpacks with supplies and then volunteering at the final events held at Fort Belvoir and Fort Meade.
Collecting Donations and Preparing Backpacks for Distribution
The first phase of “Operation Back to School” involved donating school supplies throughout the month of May at DI offices in Falls Church, Va. and Alexandria, Va. Team members donated markers, crayons, composition notebooks, pencil holders, scissors, glue sticks and pencil sharpeners to this great cause.
Several DI team members also volunteered their time to join other USO volunteers at the USO warehouse located on Fort Belvoir to fill backpacks with school supplies. Two large assembly lines worked together to add tags to the backpacks, stuff each with donated supplies and prepare for distribution at both Operation Back to School events.
Operation Back to School Events
Then, on August 4, nearly 40 DI employees participated in Operation Back to School backpack distribution events at Fort Belvoir and Fort Meade. Volunteers set up stations with fun activities that incorporated core subjects such as reading, math, science, history, art and physical education.
Upon registration, the “students” received a report card listing each subject to be stamped upon completion at each station. After completing all stations they presented their report cards to receive a USO backpack filled with school supplies. Operation Back to School not only aims to excite children about preparing for the upcoming school year, but it also assists with the costs of school supplies, which can often put a financial strain on a family, especially when they have more than one child.
USO of Metropolitan Washington
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals; through its Mobile USO program; at five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care Package. For more information, please visit the USO-Metro website.