You don’t have to go to school to do the math. Those crayons, spiral notebooks,glue sticks and more will cost you — about $200, on average, for each student in the house.Unfortunately, thousands of Dallas and Collin county students will start school without theproper supplies, a backpack or even money for lunch. But you can help. Education can helpkids overcome poverty; you can set them up with the tools they need to learn.
Each year,6 Stoneshosts OperationBack 2 School to give 6,000 kidsin Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD a newbackpack and school supplies. Theorganization buys customized bulkkits, but they do need money tosupport their efforts. A $30 donationgives one student everything theyneed to start the school year; $600helps students in an entire classroom.If you’d rather give your time, signup online to volunteer as a family(they need 1,000 helpers) to handout these fully stocked backpackson Aug. 12 from 9am–4pm.
CampusWest, 209 N. Industrial Blvd.,Bedford
To prepare the over 400 kids in theircare for school this fall,ACH ChildAnd Family Servicesis collectingnew school clothes for kids inpreschool through 12th grade. Thegoal is to give each child two completeoutfits, including underwearand socks. Bring shirts, polos, jeans,khakis, backpacks or gift cards toWalmart, Target, Old Navy, Ross orMarshalls to the ACH Welcome CenterMonday–Friday from 8am–5pm orgive a monetary donation online byAug. 9.
3712 Wichita St., Fort Worth
Every year, Allen CommunityOutreach parks Allen ISD schoolbuses around town for families to fillwith school supplies for kids in needin the district. Now through Aug.8, shop for new spiral notebooks,hand sanitizer, erasers, watercolors,lunchboxes and lots more. (Checkout the full list of supplies needed onthe Allen ISD website.) Then bring thegoods to any of the collection sitesaround town (a complete list of locationscan be found online) daily from9am–3:30pm.
801 E Main St., Allen
Donate new or gently used books totheAVANCE-DallasParent-ChildBook Clubs, which teach low-incomeparents to read regularly and expressivelywith their young children agenewborn to 3. The organization alsohelps these families expand theirchild’s age-appropriate library athome — with your contributions!Take books to the Dallas office, volunteerto be a book club aide at PierceEarly Childhood School in Irving,or help prepare activities for earlychildhood educators. Email volunteercoordinator Nancy Quirindongo email@example.com information.
Avance-Dallas,2060 Singleton Blvd., Suite 103, Dallas
There are a couple of ways to helpkids go back to school when youpartner with Big Brothers AndBig Sisters (BBBS) of NorthCentral Texas. You can donatefunds directly to the Annual SchoolSupply Drive through the BBBSwebsite, host your own drive withdonations dropped off to your localBBBS Monday–Friday from 9am–4pm(see sidebar) or volunteer at thebackpack distribution event at theDallas or Richardson offices. Parentsjoin their kiddos to pass out suppliesto families in need from 5–7pm onAug. 17. The Richardson office alsoaccepts donations Monday–Fridayfrom 9am–4pm.At the Arlington office, volunteer with the kids (all ageswelcome) to sort and stuff backpacks on Aug. 14from 9–11:30am. In Irving, drop off supplies likewide-ruled paper, pre-sharpenedcolored pencils, nylon pencil bagsand more Monday–Friday from 9am–4pm.
Dallas office, 450E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 300,Irving; 972/573-2330
Fort Worth office, 205 W. Main St.,Arlington;469/248-4389
Irving office, 450 E.John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 300,Irving;469/248-4389
Richardsonoffice, 101 S. Coit Road, Suite 115,Richardson; 469/248-4389
West Dallas houses more families livingin poverty without an educationthan anywhere else in Dallas. Everyyear, Brother Bill’s HelpingHand assists these children duringthe Back To School Beach Bash.Volunteers of all ages are needed Saturday,Aug. 12 from 8:30am–12:30pmto play games (some of whichinclude water; dress accordingly),serve families lunch and distributebackpacks and supplies. Call oremail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
3906 N. Westmoreland, Dallas
Sort through piles of donated schoolsupplies on Aug. 5 when volunteerswith Buckner International’sDallas office deliver the goods to kidsliving in foster care in the Dallas-FortWorth area. If you miss the event,you can drop off school supplies(erasers, binders, construction paper,etc.) and clothing and shoes (whichmust be new) at the main officeyear-round. You can also volunteer totreat the children in Buckner’s afterschoolprogram to the movies, zoo,aquarium and more. To learn moreabout volunteering, email volunteermanager Lindsey Miller at email@example.com or visit the website fordetails.
700 N. Pearl St., Suite 1200,Dallas
CASA of Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties asks families to contributeto a list of in-kind donations forchildren living in protective care.Besides new backpacks and therequisite school folders, markers andcomposition books, these kids needcoats, gloves, hats and scarves for thewinter as well as sports equipmentlike soccer balls. (Call to get the mostup-to-date needs.) Dallas CASAandCASA Of Denton Countyarealso accepting new uniforms andshoes — all of which can be droppedoff at the Dallas office on Swiss Avenue or the Dentonoffice Monday–Friday from 8:30am–5pm.And CASA of Collin County needs giftcards to Payless ShoeSource, Kohl’s,Office Depot and Office Max, Staplesand Walmart as well as new threeringbinders, toiletries for kids transitioningto middle school and gentlyused graphing calculators.CASA of Tarrant Countyneeds new backpacks and schoolsupplies for elementary-age kids (checkthe district websites for detailedlists). Drop off markers, glue sticksand scissors along with gift cardsto places such as Target, Walmartand Amazon Monday–Friday from8:30am–5pm, but please call aheadbefore delivering.
CollinCounty, 101 E. Davis St., McKinney; 972/529-2272
Dallas County, 2757 Swiss Ave., Dallas; 214/827-8961
Denton County, 614 N. Bell Ave., Denton;940/243-2272
Tarrant County, 101 SummitAve., Suite 505, Fort Worth;
To help Tarrant County’s littlest onesprepare for kindergarten, donate artand school supplies like constructionpaper, washable markers, fingerpaint, glue sticks and chunky crayonsto theCenter For TransformingLives, an organization thatprovides educational programs, safehousing, child care and more. Theirthree child development centers inFort Worth and Arlington focus onliteracy and school readiness. Asidefrom school supplies, the centers requestballs, scarves, diapers, bubbles,board books, food coloring (for makingPlay-Doh!), baby wipes, tissuesand more. Deliver donations at anyof the three centers Monday–Fridayfrom 8:30am–5:30pm.
512 W.Fourth St., Fort Worth
The parents of hospitalized kidsoften don’t have the time or sparecash to go supply shopping. Help bydonating supplies to Children’sHealth in Dallas. The list, found onthe volunteer page of the website,includes boxes of No. 2 pencils, assortedconstruction paper, washablemarkers, lined paper, erasers andmore. Fill out the donation form onlinebefore scheduling a delivery withthe School Services Department.
1935 Medical District Drive, Dallas
TheChristian Center of FortWorthcollects new notebooks,binders, pencils and more as wellas new and gently used backpacksand school uniforms year-round togive to the children in their summerfeeding program, which offers a hotmeal to the kids who get a free lunchduring the school year. Deliver donationsto the church office (the dooris always locked; be sure to knock) orto a Haltom City Fire Department station.
4301 NE 28th St., Fort Worth
Most kids look forward to gettingnew clothes for the start of school.Sadly, that’s not a reality for lots ofNorth Texas grade schoolers. ButChristian Community Actionaims to change that, with your help.Contact the volunteer coordinatorto enlist you and your kiddos toserve as personal shoppers (andpurchasers) for kids in need. You’ll beassigned a day (Aug. 14, 16, 21 or 23)and time to meet the child and helpthem pick out an outfit at the OldNavy in Flower Mound. Can’t makeany of the days? Make a monetarycontribution online that will go towardpurchasing Old Navy gift cardsfor these families.
Communities In SchoolsGreater Tarrant Countyneeds rulers, map pencils, constructionpaper, zipper pencil pouchesand new or gently used backpacks,among other things. (Check onlinefor the list of items in high demand.)Before Aug. 20, deliver donations toThe Virgin Olive Oiler Monday–Saturday10am–6pm and Sunday 12–5pm.
The Virgin Olive Oiler, 76132 OvertonRidge Blvd., Suite 128, Fort Worth
On Aug. 19, theCommunityEnrichment Center'sRefreshBirdville ISDwill reach hundreds of families in need. They've already purchasedthe backpacks and suppliesfor 3,200 kids but need monetarydonations to help offset the costs. A$30 gift gives one child a free backpack,school supplies, haircut, sportsphysical and eye exam. To donate orto volunteer (they need 500 adults)for the event on the 19th, visit theirwebsite.
6250 NE Loop 820, NorthRichland Hills
Donate a bundle of supplies toCommunity Partners ofDallas to help over 3,500 abused and neglected children start theschool year off prepared. Purchasepencil pouches, erasers, highlighters,construction paper and backpacks(there’s a list of the most-neededsupplies on the website) then dropthem off at the Dallas, Richardson orPlano offices by Aug. 25.
Community Link’s Back to SchoolBash on August 12 gives kids age4 and older in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw and Lake Worth ISDs newbackpacks filled with all the necessarysupplies, access to a free farmersmarket, a free haircut, free eyeglasses(if needed), free books and more.Emailb2sb@community-link.orgfor a copy of the supply list, thendeliver complete (as in, fully stocked)backpacks to one of the two SaginawFire Department stations by Aug. 8.
Station No. 1, 400 S. Saginaw Blvd.,Saginaw
Station No. 2, 801 BasswoodBlvd., Saginaw
Fill backpacks and distribute them tovictims of sexual assault and domesticviolence atDenton CountyFriends of The Family. The topfive needs this year include colorfulor character backpacks for all ages,scissors, dividers, compasses andprotractors. Supplies need to bedelivered to the outreach office inCorinth by Aug. 4, or you and yourlittle ones can help assemble thebackpacks Aug. 3–8. On pick-up day(Aug. 9), enlist your family to assistthese kids in picking out the perfectbackpack filled with goodies. Signup online (limited availability for kids12 and younger).
4845 S. Interstate35 E., Suite 200, Corinth
Dozens of families living in cars orparks find their way to FamilyGateway in downtown Dallasfor food, shelter and support. Afterputting a roof over a family’s head,the organization enrolls the kidsin school. Drop off needed itemsfrom the back-to-school list at thefacility on St. Paul Street. The listincludes backpacks (for all ages andgenders), composition notebooks,heavy-duty pencil bags, yellowhighlighters, wet wipes, three-ringbinders and more. Wish you coulddo more? Tutor these kids afterschool, cook and serve a meal at theshelter or host a game night for theshelter’s kids. Monetary donationsare also welcome. Visit the websiteto find a full list of needs and to fillout a volunteer application.
711S. St. Paul St., Dallas
Food 4 Kids Plano providesweekend backpacks to kidsexperiencing chronic hunger in thePlano school district. Each weekat the North Texas Food Bank’swarehouse in Dallas (Plano locationcoming 2018), children and familiesfill backpacks with shelf-stablefood that’s ready to eat (meaningit doesn’t require a can openeror cooking). To help, sign up fordistribution center shifts on the foodbank website or contact directorof communications Anna Kurian firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.While there, sign up for a shift onPlano Volunteer Day, specifically forPlano residents, on Sept. 21.
4500 S.Cockrell Hill Road, Dallas
Grab an extra backpack in theschool supply aisle to fill with brandnewsupplies for child refugeesfrom Central Africa. These relocatedfamilies often have multiple childrenheading back to school with verylittle disposable income to fulfillsupply list requirements. Drop offthe stocked backpacks you createwith your kids atGracepointChurchin Coppell by Aug. 25.Visit the website for a list of themost-needed supplies.
GracePointChurch, 590 S. Denton Tap Road,Coppell
For a second year, Hope SupplyCo., an organization aimed at helpingNorth Texas’ homeless children,is hosting the Tools for School Drive, which ends Aug. 25. Collect plainbackpacks (no characters) filled witheverything from the list of supplies(which you can find online), or helpas a family to assemble packs at theDallas warehouse by contacting LizMuth at email@example.com.
10480 Shady Trail, Suite 104, Dallas
Last year,Interfaith Ministriesof Dentonprovided 1,500students who rely on the free andreduced meal program with a newbackpack, school supplies, twocomplete uniforms and a new pairof shoes. They’re hoping to help even more kids this year with yourhelp. Deliver school supplies or $25gift cards to clothing stores suchas Walmart, Target, JCPenney andFinish Line to the Denton office byAug. 11.
1109 N. Elm St., Denton
Place new school supplies, includingpens, highlighters, coloringbooks and index cards (no crayonsor anything that may melt) andcanned foods with pop tops anddried goods (no canned meats, foodin glass containers or homemadegoodies) to any one of the 17Little Free Pantriespepperedthroughout Denton County. Low incomefamilies visit the birdhouselikeboxes and take whatever theyneed for free. If you’re interested inhosting a pantry on your property,visit the website for information.You’ll be responsible for the cost ofmaterials to build the pantry (lessthan $100) and stocking it withsupplies year-round.
This year,Mission Arlingtonaims to help over 10,000 students inneed in Arlington ISD. The wish list,which can be found online, includeswide-rule notebook paper, crayonsand three-prong pocket folders in red,green, yellow and blue only, amongother items. Mission Arlington is alsoseeking volunteers of all ages to helporganize the donations for distribution.Deliver any contributions to theArlington office Monday–Saturdayfrom 7am–7pm. Call to volunteer.
210 W. South St., Arlington
Help teachers help their students byorganizing school supplies, hygienekits and dried food packages attheNorth Texas TeacherResource Centerin GrandPrairie. Volunteers as young as 10help unpack pallets of donations,sort them by category and stock theshelves for easy “shopping” whenlocal teachers visit to grab suppliesfor the homeless, hungry andrefugee students in their classrooms.Schedule a volunteer time with thepartner coordinator by phone.
3325 Roy Orr Blvd., Suite 300, GrandPrairie
A hungry child is one that cannotfocus in the classroom. Fill theirbellies atOur Daily BreadinDenton. The community soupkitchen welcomes volunteers ages 8and older and their parents to servemeals to hungry children Mondaynights and Saturdays. Sign up for aserving shift online.
300 W. Oak St.,Suite 100, Denton
Host a supply drive to collect newbackpacks, school supplies and shoesfor kids staying in SafeHaven’sshelters. Or donate gift cards tostores like Target, Kohl’s and Walmartso SafeHaven can buy them newclothes and shoes for school. Labelall contributions “Shelter SchoolSupplies” and deliver them to theFort Worth or Arlington centers thismonth and throughout the year.
Berry Good Buys, 1701 W. Berry St., Fort Worth;817/921-2793
ArlingtonResource Center, 401 W. Sanford,Suite 1400, Arlington;817/548-0583
Volunteer with your kids to takeNortheast Tarrant County studentsages 7–14 shopping at Kohl’s in Kelleron Aug. 15 with Summer Santa.The organization gives each child$115 to spend, and it’s up to you andyour kiddos to help these childrenpick out necessities and stretch thatmoney as far as possible. At the endof the shopping spree, each childgets a free backpack, school supplies,age-appropriate books and a haircut.Call to sign up.
P.O. Box 1773, Keller
There Has To Be More Ministrieshosts the Back 2 School Backpackand Health Fair for Lake DallasISD every year. In addition to freeschool supplies, kids get free immunizations,sports physicals, visionscreenings and haircuts. Donategender-specific backpacks, pencilpouches, lunchboxes, sandwichbags, hand sanitizer and more (findthe complete list of supplies on theLake Dallas ISD website) by Aug. 5to Point Bank in Corinth. Missed thatdeadline? Enlist your family to helpset up and break down the fair onAug. 10. Fill out a volunteer packeton the website.
Lake Dallas MiddleSchool, 425 E. Hundley Drive, LakeDallas
Youth Believing In Changeis a faith-based organization thatcollects backpacks, pencils and copypaper — items that are always inhigh demand — for elementary-agekids in their after-school tutoring andreading programs, which you, Mom,can also volunteer to facilitate.
8574 Stults Road, Dallas