Back to School Drive

School Supplies Needed

The goal of our Back-to-School Drive is to not only collect the tools our children need to be successful in school, but also to put them on a path to success in life. We will need backpacks, folders and all of the “usual” school supplies, but we also need funds for field trips, football games, homecoming and proms – and our Earn2Learn program.

The sad truth is that over 50% of foster children do not graduate high school. On average, foster teens are 2 years behind academically. We aim to change that here at Joshua House!

Our Earn2Learn program is a reward and award system designed to motive our foster youth to stay in school and improve their grades. We use incentives to encourage them to attend school, work with tutors and increase their Grade Point Average – and it works!

Earn2Learn is not about providing cash for grades as the name implies. It is about teaching our children that their lives are enriched through education.

The new school year begins August 10th in Hillsborough County – and we need your help!

How can you help?

Below is a list of school supplies that are needed the most. You can also click on the link to the right for a more complete list and printable flyer.

Or, by using the link to the right, you can shop on Amazon and have your items shipped directly to us.

Want to help, but don’t want to shop?

Make a donation to our Back-to-School Drive by using the link to the right.

  • $300 will buy school clothes, one pair of shoes and school supplies for one child
  • $250 will buy school clothes and one pair of shoes for one child
  • $50 will buy a backpack and school supplies for one child

Or host a Back-to-School Drive at your office or in your neighborhood!

Donate School Supplies on Amazon
Download Printable List
Make a Donation to our Back to School Drive

School Supply List

Backpacks – large, sturdy backpacks for teens (this is the most needed item)
2-Pocket Folders with prongs – plastic – variety of colors: purple/red/yellow/green
Spiral, 100 page notebooks: Yellow/red/green/purple/blue/black
White-out tape
Mini Hand Sanitizers
Scotch tape
Thumb drives – Small GB
Copy paper
Ear buds (for test taking – not wireless)
Dry Erase Markers
Red, black & blue pens
3-ring binders – heavy duty – 1 1/2 “ & 2” – white with clear pocket front
3-ring pencil pouches
Highlighters – variety of colors
Markers – Crayola preferred
Pre-sharpened pencils
Colored Pencils – 12 packs
Filler Paper/Graph Paper
Glue sticks
Kid Scissors
Index Cards

Thank you for supporting our children!

Make a Cash Donation