Backpack For Kids 2017

Backpacks for Kids School Supply Donation Drive Runs July 10- August 10th

The Northshore Schools Foundation, on behalf of Northshore School District, is coordinating the 18th annual community-wide drive July 10-August 10 to collect back-to-school supplies and backpacks to benefit Northshore School District students preschool through grade 12 whose families are unable to send their children to school with necessary school supplies.

“Our goal is to provide a brand new backpack filled with age appropriate school supplies to every student who needs one,” said Carmin Dalziel, Executive Director of the Northshore Schools Foundation. “We have received requests for more than 1200 backpacks and we are hopeful that our community will help us meet that need by donating supplies at a local collection site.”

Backpacks for Kids is collecting school supplies including backpacks, 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, folders, crayons and more. “Last year, when one of the students opened their backpack we heard a gasp of joy – ‘Glue sticks!!!! I have my own glue sticks!’ It was so heartwarming to really witness what a sense of pride and confidence that having the things you need need and want available can bring. You really can make a difference one pencil, one crayon box, one glue stick at a time,” said Dalziel.

Dozens of local businesses and churches will be collection sites during the drive. Many of them will be taking a challenge to collect a certain amount of particularly hard to provide items.

RealLiving Northwest is also sponsoring three Community Collection Days in each of the three main cities that are served by the Northshore School District.

  • August 2 – Woodinville, WA – Celebrate Woodinville – Wilmont Park 4:00-6:00pm
  • August 4 – Bothell, WA – Country Village Farmers Market Noon-6:00pm
  • August 9 – Kenmore, WA – Movie’s at the Square – Kenmore Square 6:00-8:00pm

Click here for Backpacks for Kids resources including how you can get involved and donate and where you can bring supplies.  Backpacks for Kids is sponsored by Sound Storage of Mill Creek who also acts as a year round collection site for this campaign.

Northshore School District families in need of backpack assistance should contact their school office manager or nurse.

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