Wilder school supply drive

Tools for School Success Backpack Drive

Providing school supplies annually to students served by Wilder

Through the Tools for School Success backpack drive, you help make sure that every student served by Wilder has school supplies. By providing backpacks and school supplies, children are better equipped to start the school year with the supplies they need to be focused on learning. This is especially important for the families that Wilder engages and supports.

Because of your support, we collected and distributed more than 2,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children and young people served by Wilder programs.

Three cheers for back to school: 

  • Greater Twin Cities United Way provided nearly 1,400 supply-filled backpacks through their virtual Action Day campaign.
  • Your donations to Wilder helped provide an additional 650 backpacks full of school supplies.
  • Organizations and individuals filled and donated nearly 100 more backpacks and scheduled socially distant drop-offs at Wilder.

We’ve been coordinating an annual Tools for School Success back to school drive since 2006, and even during a pandemic, we continue to partner with families to ensure young people have the tools they need to succeed in school. Didn't get a chance to contribute to our back to school drive? You can always support students served by Wilder with a donation!

I believe in Wilder’s values and the mission. The work that I have done here feels more fulfilling than any paid job I ever could have done.

Kathryn Schleich, donor and volunteer who supports school success at Wilder

For Wilder, the annual Tools for School Success backpack drive helps address equity in our schools and in our community. Providing backpacks and school supplies for the children and youth that we work with helps support parents, and removes barriers so more young people have what they need to succeed in school.

We hope that we have made a small contribution to the great work Wilder is doing in our community.

Julia Burgess, donor and volunteer who supports school success at Wilder

Want to Partner With Wilder?

The yearly Tools for School Success Backpack Drive is a perfect opportunity for businesses teams to make a difference in the community and a great project for families and individuals to do at home.

Have questions? Please contact Laura Brown at laura.brown@wilder.org for more information about how to participate.