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November/December 2019

Clothesline Coat Drive - Now through Dec 13
It sure got cold fast this year! As you're cleaning out the closets, please consider donating children's coats, hats, and gloves in good, clean condition to Clothesline. There are two collections boxes at Discovery, one inside the front door and one by the side door near the slide. Please send in your coats before the coat drive ends on December 13th.

Gift Card Drive - Dec 2 through 20
This holiday season, please consider purchasing a few gift cards in $20 increments for our gift card drive. Cards to local grocery stores, gas stations, etc. will help make the holidays easier for Discovery families in need. Drop off the cards in the front office anytime before December 20th.


March 2019

Mattie Miracle Toiletry Drive

"The causes of childhood cancer are largely unknown and unpreventable. Cancer does not discriminate and a diagnosis strikes over 15,000 children per year nationwide. The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, an Arlington based public charity, works tirelessly through many channels to build awareness, enhance the quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer, and raise standards of psycho-social care. As the only national nonprofit dedicated to awareness, advocacy, support, and research, we LOVE supporting their amazing efforts! 
In honor of what would have been Mattie's 17th birthday, they are hosting their 8th annual toiletry drive & DES PTA has signed on to help! If you have travel size toiletries at home that you would be willing to part with, kindly drop them off at the collection box that will be in the main lobby starting Monday, March 11th and ending Friday, April 5th. You can also visit their Amazon wish list here to donate other items that will stock their Snack & Item carts which are free for in-patient pediatric families at both MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore. Learn more at

FeBruary 2019

Share the Love: Benefiting Local Social Service Agencies

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 1-3 p.m., we are hosting a day of service to share our love with area agencies, including Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Homestretch (a homeless agency in Falls Church, VA), and Mattie Miracle. Hope you can join us! Email for more details.


January 2019

MLK Day of Service: Borromeo House Toy and Clothing Drive


The community service committee is once again collecting gently used clothing, toys and books to be donated as part of the MLK Day of Service. This time of year, many families in our community are reflecting on their blessings and looking for ways to give back to our local community. The community service committee will hold a day of service on January 21st, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dining Commons at Discovery Elementary School. Volunteers are needed to help sort and package donations that day. If you cannot help sort and deliver, we would still love your items, so if you are Kondo-ing this season like so many of us are, please consider delivering your items to Discovery to drop off during School Hours in the bins marked inside the entrance of the school OR drop them off on the 21st between 11 a.m. and NOON. For more details and questions, please email


Last year, over 100 children and their parents joined in this day of service. This year, we hope to have an even bigger turnout with the addition of A-SPAN. A member from A-SPAN will be joining us to speak about what the organization does and to inform our children and parents on ways to incorporate service in our community. Items to be donated should be placed in the box labelled “Borromeo House Donations” located in the front hallway across from the windows during the month of January.



Food Bus

Discovery students are learning how to give back to our community and reduce waste in their lunch by collecting items that have not been eaten and would normally be thrown out.  We need parent volunteers to deliver these food items to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).


Click here to sign up Learn more about Food Bus



Mattie Miracle Candy Donation

Thanks to everyone who fed the candy monsters at Discovery! We donated roughly 243.6 lbs. of candy to Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, an Arlington-based nonprofit that ensures children fighting cancer and their families have a psychosocial voice and that those needs are addressed. Mattie Miracle collected and distributed over 12,000 lbs. of candy to stock free snack and toiletry carts at area hospitals like Sinai, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and other pediatric cancer treatment facilities. Keep an eye out for our toiletry drive for Mattie Miracle in March.

Gift Cards for the Holidays

As winter break approaches, the Discovery PTA is collecting gift cards of all kinds and amounts to share with families in our community and foster care families who are in need of a little extra love and support this season.


So, if you are out shopping for the holidays, please consider picking up an extra gift card for gas, groceries, movies, or other items and drop them off in the designated box in the front office by December 21.


The gift cards will be donated through the Arlington Public Assistance's Secret Santa. Gifts cards should not exceed $25 each, but you can submit as many as you like.