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:
- Pencil Sharpeners
- Pencil Pouches
- Composite Books
- Glue Sticks
- Dry Erase Markers
- Post-It Notes
- Drafting compasses
- 3×5 index cards
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.
- Bradley Drendel & Jeanney, 6900 S. McCarran Blvd., Suite 200, Reno
- Maddox Segerblom Canepa, 10587 Double R Blvd., Ste. 100, Reno
- Northern NJA Office, 406 N. Nevada St., Carson City
Communities in Schools in Western Nevada and the Goodwill – 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.