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.
Arizona Back To School Drives
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 24th
- Donation Locations: 2820 W. Ina Road (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) and 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail (Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm)
- Seeking the following school supplies:
- K-2nd: Backpack, Paper, Scissors, Glue Sticks, Markers (12 pack), Pencil Box, Erasers, Crayons, Pencils (6)
- 3rd-5th: Backpack, Binder, Paper, Spirals, Scissors, Glue Sticks, Folders, Markers, Ruler, Erasers, Crayons, Pencils
- 6th-12th: Backpack, Binder, Paper, Spirals, Scissors, Glue Sticks, Folders, Colored Pencils, Ruler, Highlighters, Protractors, Erasers, Pencils, Pens
- To benefit K-12 students from low-income families.
- July 1st – September 30th
- Donation Location: YOTO office at 1660 N. Alvernon Way + 30 more locations around town
- Seeking new heavy-duty backpacks, school supplies, and grocery/clothing gift cards. You can donate online via their website as well.
- To benefit homeless, at-risk youth in grades 6-12.
- Through July 26th
- Donation locations: School district, Window Depot, Cummings Plumbing, Church’s Chicken, Supercuts, Eegees and local fire departments, click through for a complete list of all donation locations.
- Seeking new school supplies
- Live broadcasts at various district locations during the week of July 22nd.
- To benefit kids in the Amphi, Flowing Wells, TUSD, Marana, and Sunnyside school districts.
Free School Supplies in Phoenix
- Through July 31st
- Donation Location: Simon Guests Services, SEA LIFE Arizona and LEGOLAND Discovery Center at the Arizona Mills Mall. (Donations made at LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE will receive $5 off regular admission)
- Supplies requested: Backpacks, Tissues, Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, Clorox wipes, Dry Erase Markers, Colored Pencils, Glue sticks, Wide ruled subject notebooks, Crayons, Reams of Paper, Spiral Notebooks, Pencils, Pencil Box or Pencil Pouch, Pens, Folders, Highlighters, Markers.
- Plus they are requesting the following clothing items: school uniforms, socks (children and adult sizes), Undergarments (underwear and white t-shirts) and athletic shoes (children and adult sizes).
- To benefit students in the Tempe Elementary School District
- Through July 14th
- Donation Location: Macy’s Court at Chandler Fashion Square
- Choose a handprint off the bus with a specific child’s back to school requests or donate general school supplies.
- Supplies requested: pencils, pens, notebooks, backpacks, school uniforms, shoes, etc
- To benefit students in the East Valley Boys & Girls Club
More Arizona Back To School Drives
- Through August 5th
- Donation locations: Dollar Tree stores
- Supplies requested: backpacks and school supplies.
- To benefit local military families
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.