This article first appeared on Kidsburgh.org, a NEXTpittsburgh media partner that aims to make Pittsburgh a better place to raise children.
School supplies are essential for academic success. According to teachers involved in The Education Partnership, children equipped with the appropriate learning tools show increased participation in class, better academic results and are more likely to complete homework.
These results stem in part from the sense of confidence and positive self-esteem that develops when children are prepared and ready to excel.
A number of Pittsburgh organizations are working to achieve this goal by delivering back-to-school supplies to children in need. Wealthier families can help the cause by shopping and donating supplies. It’s a great way for kids to develop empathy and a generous spirit while shopping for others. It’s a fun and enjoyable project for the whole family.
All of the organizations mentioned here can use help through Amazon’s wishlists and they also offer volunteer opportunities.
1. Educational partnership
These are the basics at The Education Partnership, which provides essential classroom supplies for children and teachers in low-income districts in the Seven County area of southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization’s impact supports 157 schools, including more than 8,000 teachers and 57,000 children.
A $ 25 donation will provide one student with supplies for the entire school year. Or you can collect, buy, and donate items throughout the year. Deliver your goods 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday to The Education Partnership, 281 Corliss St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
Individuals can make a 100% virtual donation through Amazon Wish List or RightGift, a free platform that allows donors to select supplies and ship them directly to The Education Partnership. Upcoming events also help support the mission of the Partnership.
2. Bazzy & Bubba’s backpack brigade
Richard Bazzy and the Bubba Show on Star 100.7 FM radio are teaming up with the Education Partnership to once again welcome the Bazzy & Bubba Backpack Brigade from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 13. Have your kids help collect school supplies to fill new or lightly used backpacks to drop off at Shults Ford in Wexford.
3. Pack the bus
WPXI 11 Cares and Staples is partnering with The Education Partnership to host the 2021 Pack the Bus event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 14. Your help is needed to donate new and lightly used school supplies that will be passed on to children in need. Among the most requested items are pencils, notebooks, filling paper, scissors, 8 packs of markers and 24 packs of pencils. Five local Staples will accept your donations. Visit the stores at North Hills Village, Steubenville Pike, Banksville Road, The Waterworks, and East Liberty.
4. South Hills Interfaith Movement
South Hills Interfaith Movement has been providing food, clothing and services to those in need in the South Hills for over 50 years. The organization has been collecting school supplies throughout the summer and will be hosting three back-to-school events for families in Baldwin-Whitehall, Bethel Park, Keystone Oaks, Mt. Lebanon, South Park and Upper St. Clair school districts this month. -this. No registration necessary. The dates of distribution outside and without an appointment are:
August 17: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Whitehall Presbyterian Church, 4935 E Willock Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227.
August 18: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.
August 19: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at SHIM, 5301 Park Ave., Bethel Park, PA 15102.
5. Pittsburgh Public Schools
Thousands of families from Pittsburgh public schools will be heading to the North Shore from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 20 for the 9th #PittsburghForPPS, presented by PNC. The back-to-school drive-through distribution will help kids jump into the school year with all the resources they need to be successful. Families will receive book bags filled with supplies, hand sanitizer, masks and food. No registration is required.
6. Salvation Army Pittsburgh
The Salvation Army’s annual back-to-school party is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 14 at the Salvation Army Temple’s Worship and Service Center in Pittsburgh on McNeilly Road. Expect a bouncy house, food, and celebrations. Children will be given backpacks, school supplies, clothes, shoes and even hairstyles to look their best when school begins. Registration is required by calling 412-207-2127. Social distancing and masks are encouraged for unvaccinated guests.
7. National Council of Jewish Women of Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh National Council of Jewish Women has operated its Back 2 School store for six years. The effort helps underserved children start school on an equal basis with their peers by “buying” new supplies and clothing for free. The experience allows children in Kindergarten to Grade 5 to start the school year on a positive note. The council partners with approximately 30 community organizations to identify children in need. Likewise, the Kids Community Closet helps with clothing throughout the year, as the seasons change with family circumstances.
8. North Hills Community Awareness
North Hills Community Outreach helps families in the northern suburbs get through difficult times, especially the back-to-school crisis. The organization collects and distributes new backpacks, notebooks, colored pencils, scissors, pencil boxes and other school supplies. The next stop is the Kid’s Coat Shop, from September 1 to October 1. 18. The organization will collect and distribute new winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves for children from infants to 18 year olds. Donations can be dropped off at any of three offices or ordered through the Amazon Wish List and shipped directly.
Call 412-487-6316, option 1, ext. 3143 for an appointment for these distributions of school supplies:
August 16: 3 pm-6pm at the North Boroughs office, 939 California Ave., Avalon.
20 August : 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Millvale office, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.
9. Fund for the education of homeless children
Homeless Children’s Education Fund staff and volunteers collect and fill new backpacks with age-appropriate school supplies. They travel by school bus to deliver backpacks to children through partner organizations and agencies that focus on housing the homeless. Want to help? Contact the HCEF Marketing and Program Assistant for more details on the donation process.
10. Glade Run Lutheran Services
Glade Run Lutheran Services is asking for help collecting backpacks and other supplies for its annual back to school campaign. Since its founding in 1854, Glade Run has evolved its mission to meet the difficult mental health and education needs of families. In addition to standard items like notebooks, markers and pencil cases, the organization requests personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, deodorant and shower gel. To find a suggested list of items troubled families need most, click here. You will also find details on contactless deposit and how to donate online.
11. Foster Love Project
The Foster Love project, which supports foster children and their guardians, will organize their return to school on Saturday August 14. Over 180 children will receive brand new tennis shoes, a sweatshirt and a backpack. Registrations are closed, but keep in mind that Foster Love continues its work year round.