While this toolkit was designed to help those organizing a school supply drive, anyone can participate by purchasing supplies for a local school. If you would like to help as an individual, you can print the Sample School Supply List/Individual Donation Sheet to get ideas, purchase supplies, attach the list to your box or bag of donations and drop it off to your local school.
A school supply drive is an easy way to have a profound impact on students and their learning experience. Make school a better place for both students and teachers by the simple act of providing school supplies.
Many families are struggling. With high unemployment, and more than 30 million students enrolled in the free and reduced meal programs, many parents are unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need to be effective. In addition, schools across the country are facing severe budget cuts and lack the funding to purchase necessary supplies.
Collect supplies for schools! You can help children in school by giving them the tools they need to succeed. Donate school supplies or, even better, organize your own Equipped to Learn school supply drive. There are many great reasons to do this project, including:
Step 1: GET HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS
Whether you organize the drive on your own or make the organizing a group effort, you will need to reach out to a lot of people in order to make the school supply drive a success. So go ahead and recruit your family, work colleagues, neighbors and others in your community.
Step 2: ADOPT A SCHOOL AND DETERMINE WHAT SUPPLIES THEY NEED
If you know a teacher, principal or school administrator, you can talk to him or her about your idea and find out the school’s supply needs. Or you can call a local school or district and ask the principal what supplies the school may need.
The principal might need to ask the teachers to determine these needs, or they might be happy to receive any school supplies they can get. They’ll let you know.
Here is a list of suggested supplies.
Step 3: MAKE A PLAN
You will need to develop a task list and plan for the following:
Step 4: PROMOTE IT
Do the following to promote your school supply drive.
Step 5: DROP OFF YOUR SUPPLIES
Work with the school principal and/or administrator to determine the best date and time to drop off the supplies. Consider asking the principal to present the school with collected supplies during an assembly time. (See the Sample Talking Points for Principals/School Administrators).
Make sure you invite the other volunteers to join you in presenting the school with the supplies.
Step 6: CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS
Give yourself a pat on the back for all of your hard work. And remember to thank everyone who helped you — it will make them feel great. While the school supply drive is still fresh in your mind, think about what worked well and what didn’t. That way you can build on your success, if you decide to do this again.
Step 7: INSPIRE OTHERS ON CREATETHEGOOD
KEEP UP THE GOOD!
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The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, founded 1982, is the tax-exempt, charitable arm of the National Association of Elementary School Principals — a professional association serving more than 25,000 administrators and other educators in the United States and overseas since 1921. The NAESP Foundation advances excellence, innovation and equity in schools by endowing leadership and learning for principals for the benefit of all children.
Sample Talking Points for Principals / School Administrators
Suggestions for promoting your school supply drive to a large audience