Donate School Supplies and Help Kids Get Off to a Good Start

July 25, 2013

There are many opportunities to help.

  • Donate a backpack with supplies for a specific Centennial student through the streamlined Adopt-a-Backpack program: Email your name, address, phone and preferences (elementary/middle/high school; boy/girl) to or mail to: Backpack Project, c/o Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 9185 Lexington Ave N, Circle Pines, MN 55014. You'll receive instructions that include the student’s first name, gender, and their grade/school’s specific school supplies list.
  • Drop off new school supplies to a backpack collection site, through August 24 to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 9185 Lexington Ave N., Circle Pines, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Thursday and 8:30–10:30 a.m., Sunday or drop off at Centennail Community Education, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Thursday; Friday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the District Office located on the main school campus on North Road between Centennial Elementary and Performing Arts Center (door B1).

High demand items include large, durable backpacks; college-ruled spiral notebooks and loose-leaf paper; composition notebooks; Crayola watercolor paint sets, 8 ct classic color broad point markers, 8 ct classic color washable markers and 12 ct colored pencils; 3-ring binders (1, 1 ½ inch); 5-tab binder dividers; clear pencil pouches; dry erase low odor markers; highlighters; fine point black Sharpies; manual pencil sharpeners; Fiskar scissors (5 inches+); graph notebooks; clipboards; headsets; scientific calculators with square roots and fractions; and flash drives.

  • Fund a backpack—cash donations payable to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (note “backpack” in memo) and mail to Backpack Project, c/o Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 9185 Lexington Ave N, Circle Pines, MN 55014.
  • Volunteer to help count, sort, set up, pack, distribute, deliver and last-minute shop. Email

If your student is in need of supplies, or you know of needy students, mail the following information by August 2 to Centennial Community Education, 4707 North Road, Circle Pines, MN 55014: parent/guardian name, address, phone number, student name, school, grade, boy or girl, indicate if a backpack is needed and what supplies are not needed. Registrants must not have applied for a similar program elsewhere. Pick up is one day only from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 28 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 9185 Lexington Ave. N., Circle Pines. Please bring identification and proof of address.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by U.S. law. Questions? Email