Back to School Community Day Aug. 23

Haircuts, backpacks at Gum Springs Community Center.

— Fairfax County organizations are partnering Aug. 23 for a Community Day at Gum Springs Community Center to provide free haircuts, backpacks and school supplies for boys and girls to prepare them for the upcoming school year.

The event will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 8100 Fordson Road. Free haircuts will be available as well as clowns and arts and crafts activities.

The event is sponsored by the following partners: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department; Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County; Fairfax County Police Department; Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office; Gum Springs Community Center; Gum Springs Community Center Advisory Board; Communities of Trust; Apple Federal Credit Union; and Whole Foods.

“We will be providing backpacks and school supplies, haircuts, clowns and other fun activities for the kids,” said Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Will Bailey, a founder of the event. “A lot of these kids have not done much over the summer so not only are we preparing them for school but also giving them a day of fun.”