August 22, 2022
We have been able to successfully complete the SPUR Student Success Back-to-School Drive in just 22 days.  

That means that nearly 700 students in our community will start the school year with a new backpack full of the tools that they need to learn!   

We are grateful to everyone who gave their time and resources to make sure that every child in our community walks in on their first day of school with the tools and confidence they need to succeed.  

If you would still like to make a donation to SPUR
CLICK HERE


 


 

The Student Success Back-to-School Drive provides new backpacks and school essentials to children living in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem, and Swampscott who would otherwise begin the school year without the supplies necessary for a successful start to their academic year.

SPUR works with guidance counselors, school liaisons, and community partners to identify children for the 2022/23 academic year.

All Sponsorships are tax-deductible.


Partner with SPUR and send approximately 700 local children to school with the
supplies needed to learn.

CLICK HERE TO SPONSOR A BACKPACK

Interested in filling backpacks? Sign up for a volunteer shift online here.

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?

Sponsor a backpack and school supplies. We 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 6th.  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 
Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 7th - 8th grader 
Purchase a backpack and supplies for a 4th - 6th grader 
Purchase a backpack and supplies for a K - 3rd grader
Purchase school supplies 
Purchase a backpack

 

HOW ELSE CAN I SUPPORT THIS DRIVE?

SHARE our FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM posts, and 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. Our sessions start on Saturday, August 6th, and go through Thursday, August 18th.  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. 

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 making a tax-deductible 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 6th - 18th.  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 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 that complies with IRS regulations. If you sponsor a backpack or make a monetary donation a tax statement will be provided in January of 2023.
Supplies purchased for the backpacks are considered in-kind donations and you must retain copies of your receipts to claim tax deductions.

WHAT GOES IN THE BACKPACKS?

We have worked closely with teachers and students to determine what supplies are needed for the school year. Please see the entire list for each of the 4 groups below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K-3RD GRADE SUPPLIES

#2 Pencils (Pkg of 12)

2 Glue sticks

2 Marble Composition Notebooks (Wide Ruled)

2 Pocket Folders (w/o  Prongs)

Construction Paper (Kindergarten only)

Crayola Crayons (24 ct) 

Glue (4 oz bottle)

Hand Sanitizer (2 oz)

Crayola Washable Markers

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 12)

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

Crayola Colored Pencils (12 ct)

Glue (4 oz Bottle)

Hand Sanitizer (2 oz)

Highlighter

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 12)

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

Crayola Colored Pencils (12 ct)

Five-Subject Spiral Notebook (Wide Ruled)

Hand Sanitizer (2 oz)

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 (Pkg of 12)

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

Five-Subject Spiral Notebook (College Ruled)

Hand Sanitizer (2 oz)

Pencil Sharpener

Pencil Top Erasers (10-pack)

Ruler

Scientific Calculator

Three-ring Binder (2 in)

Zippered Pencil Pouch