Create back-to-school kits as a family act of kindness.

Create Back-to-School Kits

Start the school year off right.

Back-to-school shopping for a child in need can be a great opportunity for a teachable moment with your own children. Plus, your generosity will help ensure that another child has everything needed to make the school year a success.

Possible recipients

To find an organization that distributes school supplies, check or call Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services or Jewish Family Services. A social worker at your local school can also help you find an organization or obtain a list of desired items.

What you’ll need

  • Backpack
  • School supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, ruler, folders, crayons, etc.)
  • NOTE: Requirements might vary, so check with your chosen organization to make sure you’re on target.


  • When shopping together for your child’s school supplies, pick up one extra of each item, or select items from the list you were given.
  • Fill a backpack with your donated supplies.
  • Deliver it to the organization.


  • How would it feel if you went to school and didn’t have the supplies you needed?
  • Why is it important to make sure kids are prepared for school?
  • Do you think education matters? Why or why not?
  • Making these kits is one way we can help someone do better in school. Do you remember a time when someone helped you learn?


Take it further

  • Each year when you purchase school supplies, make it a habit to purchase extra supplies to donate.
  • Have your child make a “Have a Good School Year” card for the student in need and include it in the backpack.
  • Expand your gift to include a bag of new socks or underwear, hand sanitizer, barrettes, facial tissue, or other things children need (or would like) to begin the new school year.

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