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supplies needed to learn.

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Student Success Drive FAQ

WHAT IS THE STUDENT SUCCESS BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE?

The SPUR Student Success Back-to-School Drive provides new backpacks & school essentials to children in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem, and Swampscott.

HOW ARE CHILDREN SELECTED WHO RECEIVE BACKPACKS?

Working closely with professionals who are familiar with the children’s and family needs, local school counselors, food pantry directors, social workers, and homeless education liaisons submit requests for children who are faced with the reality of beginning the year without the required supplies needed for school.

Together we can change this!  We can SPUR Student Success.

HOW CAN I HELP?

Between now and August 19, 2021, mail a tax-deductible check or go online BY CLICKING HERE to sponsor a backpack and school suppliesWe have worked hard to secure wholesale pricing and will bulk order a shipment for delivery to our office.  Opportunities will be available to help us fill each backpack and write personalized notes to each child beginning August 9th.  Program coordinators will then pick up the backpacks filled with supplies and distribute them to their children before the first day of school.

OPTIONS TO SPONSOR A BACKPACK ARE:

Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 9th - 12th grader ($73.00)
Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 7th - 8th grader ($70.50)
Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 4th - 6th grader ($66.00)
Purchase a backpack and supplies for a K - 3rd grader ($58.50)
Purchase school supplies ($28.00)
Purchase a backpack ($39.00)


ACT NOW, invest in the future of a local child.

HOW ELSE CAN I SUPPORT THIS DRIVE?

SHARE our FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM posts, spread the word about our organization to your friends, family, and colleagues. For a successful Student Success Back-to-School Drive - getting others involved is essential.

VOLUNTEER at one of our Backpack Filling Workshops. We firmly believe in making opportunities for hands-on involvement as realistic as possible, at as wide of an age range as possible. We have added social distancing guidelines to ensure the safety of all people involved. Click HERE to learn more and to sign up for these opportunities. 

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 a huge impact.  If you cannot commit to sponsoring an entire backpack, consider purchasing a backpack or supplies exclusively from here; 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 toothbrushes, 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(S)?

Sponsoring backpacks can be a great team-building activity. Consider encouraging your workplace, social circle, classroom, sports team, school club, or other groups to team up and sponsor one or more backpacks.  Also, consider joining up as a team for one of our Backpack Filling Workshops from August 9th - 20th.  Make it fun.  Make it meaningful. (Signup will be available soon.)

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 of each of the wonderful programs and schools, as well as a link to their websites for further reading. 

CAN I RECEIVE A TAX RECEIPT FOR MY DONATION?

SPUR, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, complies with IRS regulations that preclude us from determining the value of non-monetary donations.   Supplies purchased for the backpacks are considered in-kind donations and you must retain copies of your receipts to claim tax deductions. If you sponsor a bag or make a monetary donation a tax-deductible receipt will be provided in the January of 2022.

WHAT GOES IN THE BACKPACKS?

We have worked closely with teachers and students to determine what supplies are needed for the school year. To accommodate for the potential of in-school and out-of-school learning, backpacks will be also be supplied with a mask, hand sanitizer, earbud headphones and dry erase boards (K-3rd grades only). Please see the entire list for each of the 4 groups below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

K-3rd Grade Supplies

#2 Pencils (Pkg of 10)

2 Glue sticks

2 Marble Composition Notebooks (Wide Ruled)

2 Pocket Folders (w/o  Prongs)

Earbud Headphones

Construction Paper (Kindergarten only)

Crayola Crayons (24 ct) 

Dry Erase Board

Dry Erase Markers (6 pack)

Glue (4 oz bottle)

Hand Sanitizer (2 oz)

Crayola Washable Markers

Mask

Pencil Box

Pencil Sharpener

Pencil Top Erasers

Pink Eraser

Ruler (3rd Grade only)

Safety scissors (5" blunt)

Watercolor paint (Kindergarten only)

 

4th-6th Grade Supplies

#2 Pencils (Pkg of 10)

2 Glue Sticks

2 Marble Composition Notebooks (Wide Ruled)

2 pkg Filler Paper (Wide Ruled)

2 pkg Index Cards

2 pkg Post-it Notes

2 Pocket Folders (w/ Prongs)

2 Pocket Folders (w/o  Prongs)

4 Black Pens

4 Blue Pens

5" Pointed Scissors

Earbud Headphone

Crayola Colored Pencils (12 ct)

Glue (4 oz Bottle)

Hand Sanitizer (2 oz)

Highlighter

Mask

Pencil Box

Pencil Sharpener

Pencil Top Erasers (10-pack)

Pink Eraser

Ruler

Three Subject Spiral Notebook (Wide Rule)

Three-ring Binder (1.5 in)

Zippered Pencil Pouch

 

7th-8th Grade Supplies

#2 Pencils (Pkg of 10)

2 Highlighters

2 Marble Composition Notebooks (Wide Ruled)

2 pkg Filler Paper (Wide Ruled)

2 pkg Index Cards

2 Pocket Folders (w/ Prongs)

2 Pocket Folders (w/o  Prongs)

4 Black Pens

4 Blue Pens

Earbud Headphone

Crayola Colored Pencils (12 ct)

Five-Subject Spiral Notebook (Wide Ruled)

Hand Sanitizer (2 oz)

Mask

Pencil sharpener

Pencil Top Erasers (10-pack)

Post-it Notes

Sharp-tip Scissors (7")

Three-ring Binder (2 in)

Zippered Pencil Pouch

 

9th-12th Grade Supplies

#2 Pencils

2 pkg Filler paper (College Ruled)

2 Highlighters

2 Marble Composition Notebooks (College Ruled)

2 One-Subject Spiral Notebooks (College Ruled)

2 pkg Index Cards

2 pkg Post-it Notes

2 Pocket Folders (w/ Prongs)

2 Pocket Folders (w/o  Prongs)

3-Ring Five-Subject Dividers

4 Black Pens

4 Blue Pens

Earbud Headphones

Five-Subject Spiral Notebook (College Ruled)

Hand Sanitizer (2 oz)

Mask

Pencil Sharpener

Pencil Top Erasers (10-pack)

Ruler

Scientific Calculator

Three-ring Binder (2 in)

Zippered Pencil Pouch