It’s that time of year again. You’re searching for the perfect lunchbox, backpack, and pencil case. Loading up on glue sticks, markers, and notebooks. There’s not a hint of fall in the air, but school is coming. SOON.

While you’re grabbing the 45th glue stick (in case you’re wondering why 45, this article might help), maybe grab a 46th and consider donating it. Several local organizations are holding Back to School drives and count on community support to help all kids start the year off strong!

Where to Donate // How to Help // Baltimore Back to School Drives

Purchase and Donate School Supplies at Office Depot
Office Depot has partnered with theEducation Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools for and is accepting donations until Aug.14. Most needed school supplies are folders, composition books/notebooks, pencils, crayons, highlighters/markers, glue sticks, scissors, backpacks, binders, pens, and Post-It notes. Office Depot locations in Timonium, Reisterstown, Parkville, Lansdowne and Catonsville are collecting. MORE

Support the Uniform Fund for Baltimore City Public Schools
As the old mantra goes, dress for success! Did you know that $40 provides a Baltimore City public school student with 2 uniforms? Your donation will ease the pressure on their families and help prepare students for a successful year. MORE

Donate Supplies to the Freedom to Learn Backpack Drive
Local Liberty Tax Service owner Kal Darraj is organizing school supplies donated by the community to help students get off to a good start this school year. The supplies will be packed in backpacks and delivered to schools in Parkville and east Baltimore near Darraj’s second Liberty Tax location on Eastern Avenue. Last year there were enough donations to fill 122 backpacks. MORE

Donate Supplies to the PMJ Foundation Back to School Drive
TheThe Preston Mitchum, Jr. Foundation is looking for everything from hygiene products to clothing to composition books. The annual campaign is in its 12th year and will reach more than 5,000 young people, ages 5 – 17, in need of school clothes and supplies, most of who are living in shelters and have limited means and opportunity of securing the necessary learning tools on their own. Collections are taking place through August 20th. MORE

Senator Theatre
Head to the Senator Theatre as their Summer Classic Movie Series continues with Steven Spielberg’s 1977 extra-terrestrial sci-fi blockbuster, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (PG) on the big screen in their spectacular main auditorium — and help support neighborhood schools at the special $5 Family Matinee showing on Saturday August 15th at 10am — or the encore matinee presentation on Sunday August 16th at 10am — by bringing a donation of school supplies and enjoy a free space treat from our friends at La Cakerie in Towson! The drive will benefit Govans Elementary School and OrchKids Music Education Program.  Supplies needed: loose leaf paper, pencils, markers, pens, crayons, erasers, glue sticks, binders, tab dividers, calculators, pencil cases, construction paper, erasers, spiral notebooks, colored pencils, backpacks, highlighters, pocket folders, graph paper, rulers, index cards and scissors.

We’ll keep adding to this list, so check back! Add you drive by sending us an email: hello AT coolprogeny.com!