Tools 4 Schools Backpack Program
Starting off as our sole program, our initiative now donates roughly 5,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and Bombas socks to the majority of schools in Pasco County. These backpacks are then distributed to students in need. The annual campaign has evolved and grown over the years, with our focus shifting from basic school supplies to backpacks filled with these supplies, along with basic hygiene essentials.
We came to realize that many of the students receiving the backpacks were living in transitional homes or homes without basic amenities like electricity and running water. As such, we felt it was important to include these items in our backpacks to ensure that every child has access to the basic necessities that many of us take for granted. This became our top priority in order to promote social acceptance and boost the children's self-esteem.
We place extra emphasis on the age group of teenagers, as social acceptance is particularly crucial during these years. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of these children. If the provisions in each backpack can prevent even one act of bullying, then we believe our campaign has served a valuable purpose. The significance of the moment when a student opens their backpack is not lost on us. Our backpack committee understands the importance of sending children the non-verbal message that someone cares about them.
To date, we have donated backpacks to most schools in Pasco County, providing children in need with the necessary tools to succeed in their academic pursuits.
Back to School Supplies
- New Backpacks
- #2 Pencils
- Glue Sticks
- Pencil Pouches
- Pocket Folders with Pronges
- Loose Leaf Paper - College & Wide Ruled
- Spiral 1-Subject Notebooks - College & Wide Ruled
- Composition Notebooks College & Wide Ruled
- Blue & Black Pens
- Colored Pencils
- Markers - Broad Line & Thin Line
- Dry Erase Markers
- Subject Dividers
- Scientific Calculators
- Pencil Sharpeners
- 1.5" Vinyl 3-Ring Binders with Pockets
Health & Hygiene
- Facial and body soap
- Body spray
- Hair brush/combs
- Feminine products
- Bug spray/wipes