Backpacks and supplies – Tools for Learning

Our Backpack “Tools for Learning” Program falls under our Students in Crisis umbrella. Many students go to school in September without a backpack or necessary schools supplies.

Some families have to choose between paying rent, feeding their kids, or buying a backpack with supplies. Average costs of packs and supplies run between $25 and $50. Did you know that more than 2500 OCDSB students start the school year off without a backpack or school supplies? With many thanks to corporate and individual donors, we are able to distribute almost 3000 backpacks to students in need in June; this way their caregivers will have one less thing to worry about.

Our Tools for Learning Program helps ensure these students and their families are provided with a backpack full of supplies to start the school year.


Please click here to DONATE; you can help by making a gift and filling a backpack.

Here’s what may go inside the backpack you are helping to purchase:

  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Pencil Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Duotangs
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pens
  • Round tip scissors
  • Lined Notebooks
  • Calculator (secondary school)
  • Math set (secondary school)

Do you want to make a difference in the life of an OCDSB child?Please donate TODAY!