July is here and back to school is right around the corner. I’d like to encourage everyone to spend at least a few bucks picking up extra school supplies for students in need. Let’s help all kids start of the school year on the right foot.
To make it easy check out my list of back to school drives in Tucson, Phoenix and the rest of Arizona. You can also donate supplies to your local school. The school staff will distribute the supplies to the students that need it most.
Tucson School Supply Drives
- Collecting through July 21st
- Donation Locations: 2820 W. Ina Road (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) and 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail (Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm)
- Seeking the following school supplies: Backpacks, Folders, Binders, Markers (12 pack), Spiral Notebooks and Notebook Paper, Scissors, Pens & Pencils, Crayons, Highlighters, Erasers, Rulers, Glue Sticks, Pencil Boxes, Colored Pencils, and Protractors
- To benefit K-12 students from low-income families.
- July 1st – October 1st
- Donation Location: YOTO office at 1660 N. Alvernon Way + 30 more locations around town
- Seeking new adult-sized backpacks, highlighters, colored pencils, markers, index cards, mechanical pencils, folders, composition notebooks, binders, and grocery/clothing gift cards. You can donate online if you’d like.
- To benefit homeless, at-risk youth in grades 6-12.
- July 9th- July 27th
- Donation locations: Participating Tucson area Fry’s stores
- Seeking Backpacks, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Folders, Glue sticks, Loose leaf paper, Markers, Pens, Pencils, Rulers, Scissors and Spiral notebooks
- To benefit Tucson kids in need
- Through July 27th
- Donation locations: School district, Window Depot, Pyramid Federal Credit Union, Golf Links Automotive, Borst Automotive and local fire departments, click through for a complete list of all donation locations.
- Live broadcasts at various district locations during the week of July 20th.
- To benefits kids in the Amphi, Flowing Well, TUSD, Marana, Sunnyside and Sahuarita school districts.
Phoenix School Supply Drives
Arizona Mills School Supply Drive
- Through July 31st
- Donation Location: Simon Guests Services, Rainforest Cafe, SEALIFE Arizona and LEGOLAND Discovery Center at the Arizona Mills Mall.
- Supplies requested: Backpacks, Lined paper, Spiral Notebooks, Pencils, Pens, Folders, Highlighters, and Markers. Plus school uniforms, socks, undergarments and athletic shoes (in children and adult sizes).
- To benefit students in the Tempe Elementary School District
- Through July 15th
- Donation Location: Macy’s Court at Chandler Fashion Square
- Supplies requested: No. 2 Pencils, Markers (Multi-color Washable 8 pk), Subject Dividers (set of 8), Pens (blue or black ink only), Glue (Elmers White Glue or Glue Sticks), Box of tissues, Highlighters, Child Scissors, Backpacks, Notebooks (wide ruled and college ruled), Ruler, Socks, Loose Leaf Paper (wide ruled or college ruled), Portable Pencil Sharpener, Navy blue and red collar shirts (school uniforms), 3 Ring Binders (2 inch), Protractor, Pocket Folders, Calculator, Colored Pencils (Multi-color 12 pk), Crayons (Crayola 8 pk), Pink Erasers and Pencil Cases
- To benefit students in the Chandler School District
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 14th
- Donation locations: Safeway at 4750 E Indian School Rd in Phoenix and Office Depot
at 3413 E Broadway Blvd in Tucson.
- Supplies requested: Backpacks and school supplies. Monetary donations can be made and backpacks and school supplies can be ordered on the website
- To benefit children in Arizona foster care
More Arizona Back To School Drives
- Through August 9th
- Donation locations: Dollar Tree stores
- Supplies requested: backpacks and school supplies.
- To benefit local military families
- Through September 2nd
- Donation locations: Mattress Firm stores
- Supplies requested: backpacks and school supplies
- To benefit local foster kids
Another easy way to help teachers is to check Donors Choose and support a project of your choice! If you know of another school supply drive please leave me a comment, I’ll update this list as needed.