DISCOVERY Community Partnerships

- 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 Bus “IS BACK!” - Friday’s, Starting April 30 - June 11
Barcroft Weekend Bags – donate grocery kits to support Barcroft Elementary students

Discovery Food Bus


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:


Discovery Food Bus is back! Discovery will donate unused breakfast and lunch items to AFAC at the end of each week. Volunteers are needed to take the donations to AFAC on Fridays at 2:20 pm. SignUp Here!

  • Pick up the boxed donations at 2:20 pm, located on the loading dock behind the cafeteria.
  • Deliver to AFAC warehouse by 4:30 pm. AFAC will not accept donations after 4:30 pm. AFAC: 2708 South Nelson Street, Arlington VA 22206.
  • Tell AFAC you are with Discovery and get a receipt. Text receipt to 617.877.2243.

Thank you for volunteering and supporting the Discovery-AFAC Food Bus partnership!


Have Questions? Need Answers?

Email, or call/text 617.877.2243


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



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.

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

Thank you to our wonderful Discovery Community...

...and our wonderful Community Partnerships Team

(Dimitry Beauchamp, Shannon Dippold, Carrie Simkin, Cortney Weber & Angelique Coulouris)