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1,262 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to area students in 2020.
Heading back to school can be stressful for students and their parents when they don't have the school supplies necessary for academic success. Starting the school year with a new backpack filled with school supplies can help students feel confident and ready to meet the educational challenges during the school year and achieve success.
The Salvation Army's Back to School backpack distribution program provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children at select Milwaukee Public Schools.
Stuff the Bus
New this year, The Salvation Army nationwide is collaborating with Walmart to help ease the burden that back to school shopping causes. Donations will be collected at Walmarts across Milwaukee County. Collections will be taking place at the following Walmart locations from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3:
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Class Act Telethon and Collection
On Wednesday, August 14 in partnership with WISN 12 and Pick 'N Save Grocery stores, the annual Class Act Telethon, and Collection will help nearly 4,000 children receive new backpacks full of brand new supplies. Five schools within the Milwaukee Metro area will benefit from your donations.
Donate brand new school supplies at the Pick 'n Save at 1717 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Each backpack filled with supplies is estimated to be $15. We are currently accepting monetary donations or in-kind donations following items:
Pencil bag or box
Washable white glue, 8 oz bottle
Crayons, 24 count
Colored pencils, 24 count
No. 2 pencils
Large rectangular eraser, pink
Spiral notebooks, 70 pages
Blue, black and red ink pens
Highlighters, different colors
Washable markers, 8 count
Low odor dry erase markers
Flash drive/memory stick
|The Salvation Army Distribution Center
5880 North 60th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53218
|The Salvation Army Coldspring Church
2900 W. Cold Spring Road, Greenfield, WI 53221
|The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters
11315 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
|The Salvation Army West Corps Worship & Community Center
1645 N. 25th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205
|The Salvation Army Citadel Corps Worship & Community Center
4129 W. Villard Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53209
|The Salvation Army Oak Creek Corps Worship & Community Center
8853 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154
|WNOV Radio Station
2003 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, WI
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