Community Service

Inspiring our Explorers to become agents of change within their own community.


Hands-on, meaningful service opportunities for students, parents and staff are available through structured partnerships and collaborations within the Arlington community. Scroll down for a list of current (2020-21) service opportunities offered through Discovery Elementary.



AFAC food donation drop off on Library DayWednesdays 2:30-4:30 PM and Thursdays 11-11:50 AM
AFAC Community boxes – put a food donation box in front of your home!
Barcroft Weekend Bags – donate grocery kits to support Barcroft Elementary students


Please continue to check back for new and seasonal (i.e. winter coat drive) opportunities.





During a typical school year, Discovery students donate over 2,800 pounds of unwanted, unopened lunch items to AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Program) through the AFAC School Bus Program. Now though, we are living in a virtual school world, but AFAC still needs our donations more than ever. This is where our wonderful Discovery Community can help:


Families are encouraged to drop off AFAC donations on Wednesdays, during Library Pick Up Day, (from 2:30-4:30 pm) and during lunchtime on Thursday’s (from 11-11:50 am). There will be an AFAC donation box next to the book return box at Door #10.


AFAC current needs: low sugar & low sodium tuna, soups, vegetables, tomatoes, peanut butter, cereal.**Opened, expired, prepared meals or glass containers cannot be accepted.**


If you or someone you know needs food assistance, please reach out to AFAC, 703.845.8486





Looking for another way to support our community? Consider placing an AFAC food donation box outside your home so neighbors and friends can contribute! We will supply the AFACboxes; each family that participates can determine their schedule for dropping off goods at AFAC. If interested, please contact Dimitry Beauchamp,





This is an exciting new program in response to AFAC’s need to discontinue their Backpack Buddies program. The Barcroft PTA and Communities in Schools bonded together to create weekend grocery kits for students.  The Discovery PTA has now partnered with Barcroft PTA to help support this program through the CCPTA Partnerships committee - whose mission is to help Arlington schools and PTAs work together to share resources, support one another and build a stronger sense of community cohesiveness through mutually beneficial partnerships. Discovery will be collecting donated, prepacked grocery kits and delivering to Barcroft every week.




Thank you to our wonderful Discovery Community!


Please contact Dimitry Beauchamp,, with questions or additional ideas about how to make this year’s Community Partnerships a success!