On Thursday, November 1, Waynewood Elementary School once again participated in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walk. Since 1988, Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless program has raised more than $90 million, impacting thousands of individuals, families and children. United Community Ministries, one of the largest providers of human services in Fairfax County, is our local beneficiary nonprofit organization. Waynewood’s participation this year helped UCM meet its goals of having 4,000 registered walkers and raising more than $50,000.
Over 2500 homeless residents of Fairfax County will benefit from the money raised by Help the Homeless Walks. Waynewood was the highest Fairfax Country public elementary school contributor, with over $5400 in donations, nearly 400 registered walkers, and over 700 participants. All Waynewood students learned about the problem of homelessness and how children like themselves are affected. During music and physical education class times, the entire student body walked and participated in the effort to help those less fortunate. Many Waynewood families also registered and made generous contributions to UCM.