Look Cool For School 2018

UPDATE: Bridges has been very fortunate to have had an overwhelming response in support of our Look Cool For School program this year! At this time, all of our children have been “sponsored.” However, we will be welcoming new children into our program before the start of the school year. We invite you to sponsor one of these children by providing a backpack and a gift card so they can start the school year off on the right foot! 

If you’d like to participate, please purchase a generic, gender-neutral backpack and a $50 gift card to a store of your choice (Target, Walmart, Old Navy, etc.). When the child enters our program, they’ll be all set for the first day of school!

You may also make a donation and indicate in the “Note” section that it is for Look Cool for School.


Summer has just started but Bridges to Independence is already looking ahead to the coming school year! Now in its 13th year, our Look Cool for School program has provided hundreds of children with a new outfit for the first day of school.

Bridges is currently looking for donors and/or donor groups who can purchase a new outfit (five items) for each student they are assigned. To help you with your shopping, the students have already chosen the five clothing items they need the most. If you’d like to be involved, please complete the brief form with your information here.  (We anticipate that you will need to spend approximately $75 on a younger child and $100 on an older child.)

If you would like to support the Look Cool for School program but are unable to sponsor a student, Bridges to Independence will gladly accept gift certificates of any amount to stores where clothing can be purchased (i.e. Target, Old Navy, etc.).

If you decide to participate, you will be paired with a school-aged child or children. Bridges will provide you with clothing preferences, sizes, favorite colors, and other information that will make your shopping a little easier. We ask that the items be new, with tags on them. Please provide gift receipts if possible. Please register to participate by July 31. Donations will need to be delivered to Bridges to Independence between August 1- 24. We ask that you please deliver them earlier if possible. Items may be dropped off 7 days a week, between 8:00am – 9:00pm, at 3103 9th Rd. N., Arlington, VA 22201. Please attach a copy of the child’s information sheet, so we can make sure the backpack and outfit gets to the correct child.

THANK YOU! With your help, our kids will have a great start to the school year!