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Help IPS Students Succeed with the Back-to-School Supply Drive

As the back-to-school season approaches, it’s time to think about how we can support our students in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). One essential factor in school success is having the necessary supplies, but for many families, the cost of these supplies can be a significant burden. 

That’s where you come in! By donating to the IPS Back-to-School Supply Drive, you can help hundreds of students start the school year with the tools they need to thrive.

How You Can Help

Participating in the supply drive is easy and impactful. When you do your own back-to-school shopping, consider picking up a few extra items to donate. Even a small contribution can make a big difference for a student in need.

Drop Box Locations

You can drop off your donations at any of the following locations until June 30:

  • Indiana State Museum: 650 W Washington St
  • Indianapolis Public Library, E.38th Street Branch: 5420 E. 38th St.
  • IPS Administrative Building (John Morton Finney Center for Educational Services): 120 E. Walnut St.

Suggested Supply List

To ensure students and teachers have what they need, here’s a list of suggested supplies by category:

K-12 Teachers:

  • Hand sanitizer bottles
  • Tissue boxes
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Gallon-size Ziplock bags
  • Quart-size Ziplock bags
  • Dry erase markers
  • Construction paper
  • Chart paper
  • Post-It notes
  • Clorox wipes
  • Copy paper
  • Highlighters

K-5 Students:

  • 24-pack of pencils
  • 12-pack of colored pencils
  • Glue sticks 
  • 2-pocket folders 
  • Scissors
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Pencil box, case, or pouch
  • Crayons (48- and 24-packs)
  • Large erasers 
  • Wide-ruled one-subject notebooks
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Backpacks
  • Rulers
  • Pencil sharpeners

Middle School (6-8) Students:

  • 3×5 notecards
  • Blue or black pens
  • 24-pack of pencils
  • Rulers
  • 3-ring binders (2-inch)
  • Dividers for binders
  • Composition notebooks
  • Wide-ruled lined paper
  • Highlighters
  • 2-pocket folders with prongs 
  • Scientific calculators
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Large backpacks
  • Three-ring binders
  • Filler paper
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Water bottles
  • Scissors
  • Post-It notes

High School Students:

  • 3×5 notecards
  • Blue or black pens
  • Composition notebooks
  • Highlighters
  • 2-pocket folders 
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Large backpacks
  • 2-inch three-ring binders 
  • 1-inch three-ring binder 
  • Divider tabs
  • Filler paper
  • Post-It notes
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Water bottles
  • Scientific calculators

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Tiffany Parker, IPS Family and Community Engagement Manager, at parkertm@myips.org.