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Back-to-School Donations needed for Washoe County School Children

Image courtesy Nevada Justice Association
Image courtesy Nevada Justice Association

Do kids still have lunchboxes? Mine was a red Peanuts version, the thermos had Snoopy on it. That might have been the year I had a blue Muppets book bag. Kids might use Bento boxes today.

My friends with school-aged children are in Back-to-School mode, as I am sure yours are as well. There is a lot of talk about supply lists, polo shirts and new shoes with Washoe County schools starting on Monday, August 11.

Unlike my annual trip to Kmart with my mom each September, thousands of kids in the Washoe County School District are going back to school with little to no supplies.

We know how generous the Reno Moms Blog community can be. Lets start the year off right by giving the kids some of the basic supplies they need so they can focus on learning. Besides — there is nothing like the smell of a new, big box of Crayola crayons.


A suggested school supply list:

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Notebooks
  • Composite Books
  • Glue Sticks
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Post-It Notes
  • Drafting compasses
  • Protractors
  • Binders
  • Dividers
  • Folders
  • 3×5 index cards
  • Rulers

Local Back to School Drives

Washoe County School District

Your local elementary, junior high or elementary school can use your help. Each year one of the Reno Moms Blog contributors calls her local elementary school’s counselors a few days after the start of the school year asking for what the kids need. Think about making a call or sending an email to your local school to give directly to kids in your neighborhood. Click here to look up local schools in your area.  You could also contact one of the schools featured last year in the Reno Gazette Journal’s series on 13 Schools That Need Our Help.

Nevada Justice Association – NJA Cares Annual Backpack Drive

The Nevada Justice Association is currently hosting its annual backpack drive throughout the state until the end of August. Locally, new backpacks and school supplies can be dropped off at two locations in Reno and the Nevada Justice Association office in Carson City.

Communities in Schools in Western Nevada and the Goodwill – Fill the Bus 

Fill the Bus

Communities in Schools in Western Nevada and the Goodwill are joining together to Fill the Bus, a school supply drive to benefit the Washoe County School District. Gently used clothing and school essentials will also be collected, Fri., Aug. 8 through Sun., Aug. 10, 2014, throughout the day at local Sam’s Clubs and Walmarts in Reno and Sparks

The Salvation Army, Carson City – Apple Tree Program  

The Salvation Army in Carson City has planted Apple Trees at local business filled with school supply wishes. The program encourages donors to pick an apple ornament from the trees and then help shop for the children need. There are over 40 Carson Valley  businesses participating in the Apple Tree program. Donations are being accepted through August 13 and can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 661 Colorado St. Carson City, 89701 before August 13. For more information call (775) 887-9120.

Special thanks for to KTVN for the information on the local Back to School drives. If you know of other drives around town, please let us know about them in the comment section below.




About Shelle Murach

Shelle Murach
Shelle Murach has been an Aunt since 1985. She specializes in saying things like, “Should that child be doing that to her brother?” “Where did that juice box go?” "Can Aunt Shelle have some of your Cheez-its?” She is an expert at attending dance recitals, soccer games and ice skating competitions all while clapping or cheering at the appropriate moments.While she is very good at passing out cake at birthday parties, due to an unfortunate incident with a stick, her husband has made her promise to never again help with piñatas. Something about lawsuits and personal injury nonsense. She precariously balances being a full-time Aunt with a career in PR and has found that many of her client management skills can also be used on her various nieces and nephews. She is very excited to be part of Reno Mom’s Blog where she will focus on the Reno food and events scene, booster seats and face paint are optional. You can check out her blog at Care & Feeding in Reno, where she desperately needs to post some new stories and recipes. Trust me, she knows, it is on the list.

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