Thank you for helping us GIVE BACKpacks!

The GIVE BACKpacks Campaign was launched in 2013 and has raised the funds necessary to provide more than 70,000 backpacks to MCPS students in need of help with acquiring basic school supplies for the start of the year.

The backpacks are assembled off site and shipped directly to the schools.  Distribution of the backpacks is handled discreetly by school staff, usually before the first day of school.

The GIVE BACKpacks progam serves the entire MCPS district, however priority for distribution is assigned to schools enrolling higher numbers of students that are experiencing economic disparity.

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What's in a Backpack?

Most of the backpacks provided (about 2/3) are for elementary school students; the remainder of the backpacks are for secondary school students.  Listed below are the specific items each variety includes:

Elementary School Backpack

  • 12-pack of pencils
  • pencil box
  • 24-pack of crayons
  • glue stick
  • composition notebook

Secondary School Backpack

  • 12-pack of pencils
  • 6-pack of pens
  • 1 pack of filler paper
  • 2 packs of dividers

Every gift to the campaign, no matter the amount helps a child get off to a great start for the school year and eases back-to-school financial pressures for their parents. For as little as $10 you can provide a student with a backpack filled with basic school supplies.  Or, consider increasing your support to one of the levels listed below to have a greater impact.

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 - $10

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