Our dates for this year’s backpack distribution will be posted here first! Please check regularly for updates.
Background – In 1996, The Salvation Army of Gibson County launched “Tools for School”. The program was designed to help families in need with school supplies for their children. Often the poorest children arrive the first day of school ill-prepared. Without pencil in hand, or notebook for assignments, that crucial first day is spent begging teachers for supplies. These same children then must create an explanation for not having the necessary equipment. Each year, community awareness has grown, and the number of children assisted has continued to increase. In 2010, over 590 children received backpacks that contained the basic needs for grades K – 12. The goal of The Salvation Army is to be able to provide supplies for every child in need so they can have an equal start and a successful school year.
Required Paperwork – Social Security Cards for recipients, Birth Certificates, Parent or Guardian ID, & proof of address.
Eligibility – Children must be affiliated with a public or private school in Gibson & Pike Counties and in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Guests Receive – Backpack cleared with local school for any requirements, and school supplies specified by local public school districts.