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School Supply Drive 2017 – Instructions

Once again T&E Care is organizing a School Supply Drive to help area kids whose families struggle to buy the required supplies. Just like last year, we will be supporting over 200 local kids.That’s a lot of pencils! Some of the kids won’t be included on the wish list page because earlier this spring we partnered with FLITE and TE Connectivity to secure 25 filled book bags. So we removed those kids from our wish list totals.  But we’ll still need gift cards for everyone.  At a minimum of $25/child that means over $5000 in gift cards.  This program allows the community to help our local kids feel good about the start of the new school year.  

You can help out by sponsoring a student(s), getting bulk items, or donating cash or gift cards. Collections will run from July 6-23.  

  • SIGN-UP GENIUS: New this year – we will no longer be asking you to check with us before you go shopping!  We are posting the student sponsor lists and bulk needs on a Sign-Up Genius page, so your offers will be immediately reflected on that site.  You will be able to see what’s available in real time, decide what you want to offer, and head to the stores.  No more waiting to hear from us to confirm.  The Sign-Up Genius list will be available from July 6 to July 23.
  • SPONSORING A STUDENT: On the Sign-Up Genius page there will be a list of students (grades/genders, not names) to be sponsored. Please note the Generic School Supply Lists provided on this page are different than those on the schools’ websites. Please buy only what is on our Generic School Supply List.  (You can just deliver your items in a reusable bag.  No backpacks needed.  We get those through a grant from FLITE.)
  • BULK SUPPLIES: There will also be a short list of bulk supplies on the Sign-Up Genius that you may donate to the drive. You can purchase all of one (or more) items, or just a small handful or anything in between.
  • GIFT CARDS: If you get gift cards (see below for more details on these) along with supplies – you can just include them with the supplies for drop-off.  Be sure to note this on the donation check-list so we know to dig them out of the bag (we give them separately to the parents).  And do put them IN the bag, as the drop-off locations are public places.  We just want to be sure they aren’t too obvious.
  • DONATION CHECK-LIST: Please fill out the T&E Care DONATION CHECK-LIST (download from this page) and include it with your donations to help us make record keeping and thank you notes easier.  We need one DONATION CHECK-LIST from each donor.
  • DROP OFF LOCATIONS: Public drop off sites are Play It Again Sports (Rte 30 in Berwyn) and the Tredyffrin Library. Please drop items off ONLY when these places are open. Additional options may be made available to all donors.
  • DEADLINE: The final day to drop off all items is Sunday, July 23. Sorting will be done at Conestoga High School on Thursday, July 27.
  • QUESTIONS: If you have any questions, please contact us at schoolsupplies@tecare.org.

Hate To Shop?  Donations and Gift Cards Are VERY Helpful, Too!

Don’t forget that we always appreciate general donations to help supplement our wish list requests, and/or gift cards to general local stores so we can offer families the chance to get some clothes for their kids to start the year (how about new underwear or socks!), or so the kids can go to school having eaten a good breakfast. These should be mailed (along with the Donation Check List) to T&E Care, attn: School Supply Drive, PO Box 2111, Southeastern, PA 19399.  If you aren’t comfortable mailing the cards – then send us an email and we’ll give you info about making a delivery.

FOR GIFT CARDS:  If you plan to send in gift cards, or if you have any questions,  – please email schoolsupplies@tecare.org.  It’s helpful for us to know to keep an eye out for them. Popular stores for clothes and shoes include Walmart, Target, Famous Footwear, TJ Maxx, Primark, Old Navy, or any basic stores at the mall. Wegmans, Giant, Trader Joes, and Acme also work. No specialty stores, please.  With over 200 kids – we’ll need over $5000 in gift cards ($25 value best).

NOTE:  IF YOU GET GIFT CARDS WITHOUT AN AMOUNT CLEARLY MARKED ON THE CARD, PLEASE TAKE A SHARPIE AND WRITE THE AMOUNT SOMEWHERE ON THE CARD.  THAT SAVES US TONS OF TIME CALLING THE STORES TO FIGURE OUT THE AMOUNT.  THANKS.

IMPORTANT:  If you are buying gift cards from Wegmans or Walmart in King of Prussia – they will NOT accept credit cards for payment.  You must use cash or debit cards.  We were told that too much credit card fraud caused this change in these locations. 
For FINANCIAL DONATIONS: If you would like to help but don’t want to shop at all, cash donations can also be made. As a general guide, the approximate cost of school supplies for an elementary school student is $50, for a middle or high school student is $100. Of course, any amount will help us meet our goal. Donations can be made by check (made payable to T&E Care) or through PayPal (click the Donate button below).



REMEMBER:  We need ALL gift cards and donations prior to our sorting day on July 27th.

Volunteers Needed

If you want to volunteer to help on Sorting Day at Conestoga July 27 or for a few other jobs go to our SIGN UP GENIUS site. If you run into any problems on that site, please contact us at schoolsupplies@tecare.org.

 
Thanks to the fantastic committee organizing the event!
Rita Gosnear – Eileen Ryle – Bonnie Motel – Mary Francis Szpila – Sarah Culbert – Gretchen Guttman – Jean Purinton 

Important Forms to Download

Generic School Supply List – If you are sponsoring a student(s), please use this list when you go shopping. Our lists are a bit different from the main school lists.

Donation Check-List 2017 – Please include this form with your donation (supplies, gift cards, etc) for this drive. It makes our record keeping much easier.

SSD 2017 Drop Off – For directions to Play It Again Sports or the Tredyffrin Library

Tax Donation Form if you made a donation and need a tax donation form, then you can click here and use this along with your receipts.  You should be getting a thanks note from a T&E Care volunteer once the event is over, but you may want this as well.

Generic Supply List

See below for the Generic School Supply Lists. (You can download a copy of this list from the download box above, if desired.)   Remember, please buy ONLY what is on the Generic School Supply Lists for each student. If you want to get more things, then check our bulk list requests or we would always welcome gift cards.

Kindergarten list

Pencils 12, Eraser 1, Crayons 24, Glue sticks 2, large Bottle of glue 4 oz, Scissors small with pointed ends, Thick markers 1 box, Pocket folder 1, Pencil box

Grades 1-2

Pencils 24, Crayons 24, Colored pencils one box, Highlighters 2, Thick markers 1 box, Erasers 2, Pencil sharpener, Bottle of glue 4 oz, Glue Sticks 2 large, Scissors small with pointed ends, Pocket folders 6 total: red, yellow, green, blue, and 2 others of your choice, 1 Marble composition book, Pencil box

Grades 3-4

Pencils 24, Crayons 24, Colored pencils 1 box, Thick markers 1 box, Highlighters 2, Red pen 1, Ultra-fine point black Sharpie 1, One 5-pack of Post-it notes 3”X 3”, Erasers 2, Pencil sharpener, Bottle of glue 4 oz, Glue sticks 2 large, Scissors, Pocket folders 6 total: red, yellow, green, blue, and 2 of your choice, Zippered pencil case, Ruler, Marble composition book 2, Pack of loose leaf paper – wide ruled

Grades 5-6

Pencils 24, Colored pencils 1 box, Thin markers 1 box, Highlighters 2, Pens- 6 blue or black, Red pens-2, Ultra-fine black Sharpie-2, Erasers-2, Pencil sharpener, Glue sticks-2 large, Scissors, Zippered pencil case, Ruler, 2” binder-2, Set of 5 tab dividers-2, Marble composition book, Pack of loose leaf paper-wide ruled, Pocket folders-5, One-subject Spiral notebook-1, Pack of 100 lined index cards-2, One 5-pack of Post-it Notes, 3”X3″

Grades 7-8

Pencils 24, Colored pencils 1 box, Thin markers 1 box, Highlighters 2, Pens- 6 blue or black, Red pens-2, Ultra-fine black Sharpie-2, Erasers-2, Pencil sharpener, Glue sticks-2 large, Scissors, Zippered pencil case, Ruler, 2” binder-2, Set of 5 tab dividers-2, Marble composition book, Pack of loose leaf paper-college ruled, Pocket folders-5, One-subject Spiral notebook-1, Pack of 100 lined index cards-2, One 5-pack of Post-it Notes, 3”X3″

Grades 9-12

Pencils 24, Highlighters 3 (different colors), Pens- 8 blue or black, Red pens-2, Erasers-2, Pencil sharpener, Zippered pencil case, Ruler, white out-1, 2” binder-2, Set of 5 tab dividers-2, Pack of loose leaf paper-college ruled-2, Pocket folders-5, One-subject Spiral notebooks-5 (college ruled), Pack of 100 lined index cards-2, One 5-pack of Post-it Notes, 3”X3″

College supply list

Pencils 8, Highlighters 4, Pens- 6 blue or black, Sharpi’s ultra-fine black-2, Small pencil sharpener, Ruler, white out, scissors, paper clips, rubber bands, glue stick-1, scotch tape-2, 2” binder-1, Set of 5 tab dividers-1, Pack of loose leaf paper-college ruled-1, Pocket folders-5, One-subject Spiral notebooks-4 (college ruled), Pack of 100 lined index cards-1, normal size stapler & staples, stapler remover, 3-hole punch, One 5-pack of Post-it Notes, 3”X3″

Thanks for Your Support!

Thanks to all those organizations and businesses who support the T&E Care School Supply Drive. This list will be updated as more names are submitted!  
  • Wegmans (Malvern) for donating $250 in gift cards for us to hand out to families.
  • The RE/MAX Main Line Charitable Foundation for once again making a donation of $1000 to purchase gift cards for the drive.
  • The Devon Elementary Girls on the Run for collecting supplies and gift cards.
  • The FLITE grant for helping to supply backpacks and other supplies for the drive.
  • TE Connectivity for working with FLITE to supply backpacks and supplies for the drive.

For results of past School Supply Drive: SSD Archive Pages.

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