Give Backpacks Logo 2021Did You Know?

Over 70,000 MCPS students receive free & reduced-price meals and many families struggle to afford basic necessities like school supplies. Your donation plays a critical role in helping ALL students to thrive academically while helping to support beginning of the school year costs for a parent in need.

For just $20, you can provide a student in need with a backpack filled with supplies, which could include paper, pencils/pens, crayons, highlighters, a glue stick, binders, folders, and more. Your donation will help provide students with the necessary supplies to engage successfully in their lessons.

Frequently Asked Questions about MCPS GIVE BACKpacks

What's in a Backpack?

Listed below are the specific items in the elementary and secondary backpacks:

Elementary School

  • #2 Pencils (12 pack)
  • Plastic pencil box
  • Crayola crayons (24 pack) or colored pencils (12-pack)
  • Glue stick, washable white
  • Composition book (wide rule or primary)
  • Scissors (blunt tip)
  • Pencil & crayon sharpener
  • (2) 2 pocket folders
  • (2) block erasers

Secondary School

  • #2 Pencils (12 pack)
  • Pens, black (6 pack)
  • (2) Block erasers
  • Pencil pouch
  • (2) Highlighters
  • (5) 2 pocket folders and (3) Spiral notebooks with holes or (2) 1" 3 Ring binders with dividers filler paper

Every gift to the campaign, no matter the amount, helps a child year off to a great start and eases the back-to-school financial pressures for his/her parents. For as little as $20, you can provide a student with basic school supplies. Or have a greater impact by increasing your support to a donation level listed below:

School District - $50,000
School Cluster - $25,000
School (Secondary) - $10,000
School (Elementary) - $6,500
School Grade Level - $2,500
School Class - $300
Student - $20

To make a gift to the campaign or to find out how to sponsor a specific grade, school, or cluster, visit our secure online donation form, call the MCPS Department of Partnerships at 240-740-5599 or email

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