Backpack for Kids supply drive begins July 10

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:23am
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The Northshore Schools Foundation (NSF), on behalf of Northshore School District (NSD), is coordinating the 18th annual supply drive to collect back-to-school supplies and backpacks for district students who need them.

The community-wide drive begins July 10 and runs through Aug. 10.

“Our goal is to provide a brand-new backpack filled with age-appropriate school supplies to every student who needs one,” said Carmin Dalziel, executive director of NSF, in a press release. “We have received requests for more than 1,200 backpacks and we are hopeful that our community will help us meet that need by donating supplies at a local collection site.”

Backpacks for Kids is collecting school supplies including backpacks, three-ring binders, spiral notebooks, folders, crayons and more.

“Last year, when one of the students opened their backpack, we heard a gasp of joy: ‘Glue sticks! I have my own glue sticks!’” said Dalziel in the release. “It was so heartwarming to really witness what a sense of pride and confidence that having the things you need need and want available can bring. You really can make a difference one pencil, one crayon box, one glue stick at a time.”

Dozens of local businesses and churches will be collection sites during the drive. Many of them will be taking a challenge to collect a certain amount of particularly hard to provide items. Real Living Northwest is also sponsoring three community collection days in each of the three main cities NSD serves.


4-6 p.m., Aug. 2: Celebrate Woodinville — Wilmot Park (17301 131st Ave. N.E.)


Noon to 6 p.m., Aug. 4: Country Village Farmers Market (23718 Bothell-Everett Hwy)


6-8 p.m., Aug. 9: Movie’s at the Square — Kenmore Square (18131-18159 68th Ave. N.E.)

For more information about Backpacks for Kids and how to get involved, visit

Backpacks for Kids is sponsored by Sound Storage of Mill Creek, who also acts as a year-round collection site for this campaign.

NSD families in need of backpack assistance should contact their school office manager or nurse.

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