5th Annual School Supply Drive

May 18th, 2018

It’s time to kick off Annunciation’s 5th Annual School Supply Drive!

Let’s make this our best School Supply Drive yet!  Please know that all donations are VOLUNTARY; no need to give up your lucky pencil! 

Here are some important things to keep in mind as you plan any donations:

  • We are very grateful to receive donations of any NEW school supplies. Bring new supplies to your classroom during the last week of school. Consider purchasing Yoobi supplies, found at Target, as they are a big supporter of our drive and of the KINF!
  • We also welcome any monetary donations! Please bring any monetary donations to the school office or your teacher in an envelope labeled “School Supply Drive” by May 30th.  This can be in cash or a check made out to Annunciation School with “School Supply Drive” in the memo.
  • While cleaning out your desks at the end of the year, if any items are unused or only VERY GENTLY used, please consider adding them to the labeled grocery bags that will be in your classroom during the final week of school. 

The Backstory  

While an Annunciation student, our older sister Sadie noticed that a large number of unused and mostly unused school supplies were being thrown away by students at the end of each school year.  In 2014, she initiated the Annunciation School Supply Drive and the very first drive culminated in 36 grocery bags full of unused supplies going to our sister school in Haiti. 

It was such a success that Sadie decided it must become an annual event. However, the supplies used by Haitian schoolchildren tend to be different from ours which led her to reserach a local community to find a good way to put these supplies into the hands of local schoolchildren in need. This began our family's partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation (“KINF”).  KINF was recently covered in the Star Tribune for reaching the milestone of one billion dollars in school supplies donated and distributed to kids across the country.  Three years ago, Grace took over the drive and this year, William is joining Grace to be ready to take it over next year.

This year, we have some fun and exciting news to share with you:  a school supply company called Yoobi, which is a big donor to the KINF, has taken note of our efforts!  In conjunction with their #WhoWillYoobi campaign, they would like to videotape our delivery of school supplies to the KINF in June and will make a special donation in our honor!  Also, Grace has also been selected to serve on the Kids Board of KIDBOX, a group of youth across the country who are committed to doing good in their communities, and she will travel to New York City this summer to talk about the good we do with our drive!

THANK YOU for your consideration and donations; they will make a difference in many young lives!

Grace & William R.