Each summer, Granite Education Foundation collects backpacks and school supplies (and raises money) for Granite School District children. These supplies will be given to students in need on the first day of the school year so they can have the tools necessary to attend school and to fully participate.
And with more than half of Granite School District students living at or below the poverty level, the need is extreme.
Here are a few ways you can get involved.
Make a Financial Contribution
Granite Education Foundation can stretch a dollar! While we love to receive donated items, like new backpacks and school supplies, our buying power, along with our fabulous corporate partners, help us ensure that financial contributions go the furthest. A donation of just $10 will provide a new backpack, filled with critical school supplies, for a child in need. It really is "the most bang for your buck!"
Purchase and Assemble School Backpacks
It can be so much fun to go shopping and to fill a new backpack with paper, pencils, crayons, and community love! This can be an excellent service opportunity for businesses, church groups, neighborhoods, and families!
Basic instructions for assembling elementary and secondary school backpacks can be found here.
We love when our bags come full, but we understand this isn't always possible. Below are suggested items we love to receive as donations and in our backpacks.
- New elementary student sized backpack (no drawstring bags please) with:
- Safety scissors
- Eraser (large)
- Glue stick
- Colored pencils (12 ct)
- Dry-Erase Marker 4 Pack
- 2 spiral notebooks
- 2 pocket folders (most optional)
- Large Pack of Pencils
- Small pencil sharpener
- 24 count crayons
- New adult size backpack (no drawstring bags please) with:
- 1 three-ring binder
- 1 package of college ruled loose leaf paper
- 2 college ruled notebooks
- 2 pocket folders
- 2 highlighters
- 1 Pack of Pencils (preferably mechanical with a lead refill)
- 2 pens
- Colored pencils
Donate a Backpack or General School Supplies
Granite Education Foundation has many drop-off locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Or you can come directly to our main office or Donation & Distribution Center. We'd love to see you, so we can properly express our gratitude!
2500 South State Street, D-108
Salt Lake City, 84115
Donation & Distribution Center
3099 South 1030 West
West Valley City, 84119
Together, we can ensure that every child starts school with the basics they need to achieve educational success.
Because every child deserves a chance to learn…to explore…to grow…to play…and to reach their full potential.