Fill a Backpack! Now through July 29th.

Give local kids in need a head start for school

 

Children in families with multiple siblings, especially when on a tight budget, are used to receiving hand-me-downs. Backpacks are certainly one of those items. But after a year (or more) that backpack can become pretty threadbare. We’d like to make sure that families at North Kent Connect have sturdy backpacks, and the supplies they need to get their school year off to a great start. Would you help us?

Just follow the lists below for age-appropriate supplies, stuff a new backpack with them, and drop it off at either location by July 29th:

Locations include:

  1. North Kent Connect We’ll have a donation bin inside our lobby (the glass double doors to the right of the NKC garden), and one at the housewares donation area on the south side of the building.
  2. Herman’s Boy in Rockford has graciously offered to collect backpacks at their coffee shop.

The Signup Genius link below will let you know what has already been purchased, or still needs to be purchased:

https://bit.ly/NKCbackpacks

North Kent Connect families (must be a current client) will have until August 12th to get each child in the family a backpack. Any backpacks left over after that date will be sold in the Thrift Store so that families in the community can purchase them at a very affordable price. If you have questions, please contact Catherine Landers at (616) 866-3478, ext. 355, or catherine.landers@nkconnect.org.

Thank you for helping local families in need get ready for school!

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS:

Elementary School (Grades K-5)

  • Elmer’s Washable Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Crayola Crayons
  • #2 Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Markers
  • Paints
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Pouch
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Wide-Ruled Spiral Notebooks
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Folders w/2 Pockets
  • Pencil Top Erasers
  • 3-Ring Binder
  • Earbuds/Headphones
  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • Elmer’s Glue Sticks
  • Pens (black or blue ink)
  • #2 Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Sharpies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • 1-Subject Notebooks
  • Folders w/2 Pockets & Prongs
  • 3-Ring Binder
  • Earbuds/Headphones
  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

High School (Grades 9-12)

  • Pens (black or blue ink)
  • #2 Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Sharpies
  • Colored Pencils
  • 1-Subject Notebooks
  • Folders w/2 Pockets & Prongs
  • 3-Ring Binder
  • Earbuds/Headphones w/Mic
  • Calculator (nonscientific)
  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer