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In some areas of the Alberta Capital Region, the need for backpacks filled with school supplies is as high as 8 in 10 students. United Way’s Tools for School aims to reduce one known barrier preventing children and youth from successful learning and participation in school. Through support of community donors and corporate sponsors, we continue to meet the needs of children and youth in our community.
To ensure students are not identified as accessing the program, we ask that no company logos appear on donated items. All donations must be new or unused.
United Way’s Tools for School program distributes school kits in three standardized grade categories, each with a list of required school supplies compatible with participating school divisions. You can download a printable list!
School supply donations can be dropped off at United Way’s InKind Exchange at 14710 – 112 Ave, Edmonton, by appointment only. Please call 780-990-1000 to book your drop-off time.
Drop-off bins will also be conveniently available at Staples locations between August 1 and September 15, 2022.
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Starting August 1st, stop in at your local Staples location and add a Tools for School donation to your purchase.
Can’t make it to Staples? You can still contribute by making a secure donation online.
Sometimes you just want to give a tangible item. A product drive is an excellent way to support.
You can’t get more hands-on than this. Recruit a team of volunteers to fill backpacks for kids in need. Volunteer for a Day of Caring
Staples stores in the Alberta Capital Region raised more than $119,000 at the registers in support of Tools for School.
Total Fair Market Value
gave 450 hours to build the filled backpacks
backpacks and kits distributed
We ask that parents living in the Alberta Capital Region who need to access the program contact the school their child will be attending and let them know their child requires a Tools for School backpack. In the event the school is not currently participating in the Tools for School program, please have your school contact us. If you are a principal or teacher looking for backpacks for your students, please email us at [email protected]