Tools for Schools

Be a Business and Community Leader

Since 2003, Schoolhouse Supplies’ Tools for Schools program has distributed over 136,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to low income children.  Your business or organization can be a part of this community effort.

The Tools for Schools backpack giveaway program provides every student at participating schools a new backpack filled with new school supplies. For many of the children, these may be the only new items that they receive all year. The primary program goal is to ensure that students in the highest need schools have the school supplies needed to experience a more equitable education, achieve academic success, and grow into tomorrow’s successful citizens.

Research documents that when children have the school supplies they need to fully participate in school, they are more prepared to learn, achieve higher test scores, and have improved attendance. Nearly all of the families whose children attend the schools served by the Tools for Schools program cannot afford needed school supplies for their children.

In addition to your financial support, up to 20 of your employees will join their school’s community to pack and distribute backpacks at the sponsored school. This meaningful volunteer experience occurs in August just before or during the schoolhouse-supplies-3142first week of school. This is direct engagement with students and teachers that provides a deep connection for your staff.

Join us!

To learn more about the Tools for Schools program or if you are interested in supporting a school not on the list below, please contact Alice Forbes at or (503) 249-9933 x8.

2017 Partnerships

School  2017 Sponsor
Boise-Eliot / Humboldt (K-8)
César Chávez (K-8) Held for Comcast
Faubion (K-8) Held for Comcast
Harrison Park (K-8) Fortis Construction
James John (K-5) Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo
Kelly (K-5) Held for Kuni Lexus of Portland
King (Prek-8) Held for Smith CFI
Lee (K-8) Moda Health
Lent (K-8)
Marysville (K-8) Held for Umpqua Bank
Rigler (K-5) Moda Health
Rosa Parks (K-5) Vernier Software & Technology
Scott (K-8)
Sitton (K-5) Held for Terwilliger Plaza and Grainger
Vestal (K-8) Unitus Community Credit Union
Whitman (K-5)
Woodlawn (K-5) Held for Salesforce
Woodmere (K-5) Tripwire and The Standard
School supply support (for schools that recently lost Title I status) The Standard, Vernier Software & Technology, NY Life Foundation