Written by: Kate Snyder, Executive Assistant
I have a confession to make: I have an unnaturally strong affinity for school supplies. There is just something indescribably magical about walking into the Back to School section of a store and coming upon bins of pens, stacks of brightly decorated folders, and towers of crisp spiral notebooks. And don’t get me started on the wonders of pencil cases, assignment calendars, and other organizational must-haves. I’m pretty sure my love affair with school supplies is the direct result of genetics – my mom is an absolute fiend for any and all back-to-school accoutrements and has instilled in me a bone-deep instinct to purchase a new pack of Crayola crayons each fall, regardless of my need for them. Every August, after hitting the store together to pick up all the necessary supplies (and a good number that probably weren’t necessary), we’d carefully unwrap my new pens and pencils, put paper in the binders, label the folders, and pack it all lovingly into my backpack, ready for the start of the school year.
Unfortunately, for many families, back-to-school shopping is not a cherished family tradition, but rather a stressful exercise in budget-stretching and doing-without. Supply lists from schools keep getting longer and all those provisions don’t come cheap. Many of the families with whom we work have trouble putting food on the table, much less finding the money for a protractor or a new three-ring binder.
That’s why EECM hosts a School Supply Drive at the end of each summer. We want all of the participants in our Children & Youth school programs (nearly 800 of them) to be able to head off to school with at least a few new items. You can help us achieve this goal by donating new school supplies from the list below. And, while you’re helping out the youth of our community, you can also fulfill your secret desire to peruse the isles for new innovations in highlighter technology. And maybe, just maybe…buy yourself a pack of Crayola crayons, just in case.
Donations may be dropped off at the EECM offices:
250 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh PA, 15206
We are collecting the following items:
Pens & Pencils
Markers (preferably Crayola)
Calculators (graphing and regular)
Dictionaries & Thesauruses
Crayons (preferably Crayola)
Colored Pencils (preferably Crayola)
Loose-Leaf Notebook Paper