Student Success Drive FAQ

 

SPONSOR A BACKPACK NOW.  Click here.

W​HAT IS THE STUDENT SUCCESS BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE?

The SPUR Student Success Back-to-School Drive provides new backpacks, school essentials and healthy snacks to children in Lynn, Marblehead Swampscott and Salem.  For the 2016/17 academic year, we anticipate supporting approximately 500 children.

 

HOW ARE CHILDREN SELECTED WHO RECEIVE BACKPACKS?

Children are identified by their case worker, school adjustment counselor or homeless education liaison as these professionals work closely with the children and know their personal circumstances.  Among other considerations, effort is made to select children who are not receiving backpacks and school supplies from other groups and organizations; intentionally helping to distribute the abundant generosity of the season, providing as many children as possible a solid start to their academic year.

HOW CAN I HELP?

* By August 10, 2016, Sponsor as many backpacks as you are able by clicking here.  We have worked hard to secure competitive pricing and will be bulk ordering hundreds of backpacks and thousands of supplies to provide upwards of 500 children in our local communities with the new school supplies they deserve at the start of the year.
Options are:
Purchase a backpack and supplies for a K - 2nd grader ($54.25)
Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 3rd - 5th grader ($62.75)
Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 6th - 12th grader ($71.75)
Purchase a backpack ($27.95)
Purchase school supplies ($34.95)

* Join us on August 22 and 23 as we set-up shop for an epic back-to-school party.  Tables will overflow with supplies and bags will abound.  We ask community members to sign up for a slot to help us set up shop, fill bags, write notes of encouragement and sort into one of 14 piles, so that program coordinators can come the evening of August 23 to collect the love and generosity poured out by community members for our children.  

* SHARE our Facebook posts, spread the word about our organization and the Student Success Back-to-School Drive - get others involved.

 

WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?

TODAY!  Click here to select the grade backpack you would like to sponsor.  You are welcome to sponsor as many as you are able.  Then, mark your calendar and secure your spot to stop by the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore on August 22 and 23 to fill, personalize and sort bags with us.

 

HOW DO I SPONSOR A BACKPACK?

Simply click here to select the level of your involvement.  

Purchase a new backpack filled with supplies for K-2, 3-5 or 6-12.  Additionally, options are available to purchase a bag only, or supplies.
 

I WANT TO HAVE HANDS ON INVOLVEMENT OR INVOLVE THE CHILDREN IN MY LIFE.  HOW CAN I DO THAT?

We firmly believe in making opportunities for hands-on involvement as realistic as possible, at as wide of an age range as possible.  Given the busyness of the summer season, after thoughtful consideration, we felt participation may be more realistic for busy individuals, families and businesses' if we took the procurement for bags and supplies online.  Then, set up a time for members of the Lynn, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott communities to come together to pick up a bag, fill it with supplies, healthy snacks, personalize each bag with a note of well wishes and affix tags to the bags so each school/program knows who each bag is for.  The Jewish Community Center of the North Shore has graciously partnered with us in this effort and has donated space for this large scale "fill-a-bag" event to take place on August 22 and 23.  Sign up here to get your hands involved.

 

I WOULD LIKE TO HELP BUT CAN’T COMMIT TO SPONSORING AN ENTIRE BACKPACK, CAN I STILL HELP?

Most definitely! We understand everyone's financial ability to give varies and want to say that your involvement, on any level, will be deeply impactful.  If you cannot commit to sponsoring an entire backpack, consider purchasing a backpack or supplies exclusively from our store; making a monetary donation to SPUR so that we may purchase items as needed for the drive; ask your dentist for a donation of toothpaste and toothbruses, or mail us a gift card that we can use to purchase healthy snacks for the students. 

 

CAN A GROUP OR OFFICE SPONSOR A BACKPACK (or BACKPACKS)?

Sponsoring backpacks can be a great team building activity. Consider encouraging your workplace, social circle, classroom, sports team, school club or other group to team up and sponsor one or more backpacks.  Also consider joining up as a team for our "fill-a-bag" time on August 22 and 23.  Make it fun.  Make it meaningful.   

 

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND SCHOOLS SPUR WORKS WITH THROUGH THE DRIVE?

Visit our Recipient Partners page.  You will be able to read a brief description about each of the wonderful programs and schools, as well as link to their websites for further reading. 

 

TAX RECEIPT

A tax-deductible receipt will be mailed to the address provided at check-out when you sponsor a bag, purchase supplies or make a monetary donation.

 

WHAT GOES IN THE BACKPACKS?

K - 2nd grade bags:

1 Pencil box 
1 Box 24-Ct Crayola Classic Crayons
1 Box Crayola Classic Washable Markers
12  #2 Yellow Lead Pencils
1 Pkg Pencil Top Erasers
1 Dixon Medium Eraser or Pink beveled-edge eraser
1 small plastic pencil sharpener 
2 70-page Spiral Wide-Ruled Composition Notebook 
2 Solid Color Pocket Folders with Prongs (Brads)
2 Solid Color Pocket Folders (without prongs)
1 Pair Scissors
1 4oz. Bottle White School Glue
2 Packages of 100-ct 3x5 Index Cards with Lines
2 Large Glue Sticks
1 Sturdy & Clear 12" Ruler with Centimeters
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
* 1 Box of Quart or Gallon Size Plastic Zipper Bags or
* 1 Box Facial Tissues or
* 1 Box Wet Wipes for the class room

 

3rd - 5th grade:

1 pencil box 
2 Red Ink Pens
2 Blue Pens (preferably erasable)
12-Ct Crayola Colored Pencils
12-Ct #2 Yellow Lead Pencils
1 Pkg Pencil Top Erasers
1 Dixon Medium Eraser or Pink beveled-edge eraser
1 Small Hand-held Plastic Pencil Sharpener 
1 Zippered Pencil Holder
1 Three Subject Spiral Notebook 
2 70-page Black Marble Composition Notebooks 
1 3-Ring Notebook (minimum size: 1.5 inches)
1 Package Loose Paper for 3-Ring Notebook
2 Solid Color Pocket Folders with Prongs (brads)
2 Solid Color Pocket-Only Folders
1 Pair  Scissors
1 4oz. Bottle White School Glue
2 Glue Sticks
2 Packages of 100-ct 3x5 Index Cards with Lines
1 Sturdy & Clear 12" Ruler with Centimeters
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
* 1 Box of Quart Size Plastic Zipper Bags or
* 1 Box of Gallon Size Plastic Zipper Bags or
* 1 Box Facial Tissues for the classroom 

 

6th - 12th grade bags:

4 Red Ink Pens 
4 Black Ink Pens 
4 Blue Ink Pens
1 Yellow Hi-lighter
12  #2 Yellow Lead Pencils
12 or 24 Colored Pencils
1 Pkg Pencil Top Erasers
1 Small Hand-held Plastic Pencil Sharpener 
1 Zippered Pencil Holder for 3-ring Notebook
1 three- or five-Subject Spiral Notebook 
2-4 One-Subject Spiral Notebooks
1 2-inch 3-Ring Notebook
1 Package of five 3-Ring Notebook Separators with Pockets
2 Packages Loose Leafed Lined 3-Ring Notebook Paper 
2 Solid Color Pocket Folders with Prongs (Brads)
2 Packages of 100-ct 3x5 Index Cards with Lines
2 Packs of Post-It Notes
1 Pair Scissors, Sharp Tip
1 Sturdy & Clear 12" Ruler with Centimeters
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
1 4GB or 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
1 Calculator with Pi (suggested price - no more than $15)
1 Academic Desk Planner Calendar (Notebook style)
2 Travel-Size Packages of Facial Tissues