Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, NJ

Backpack Drive

Each fall, 1,200 Boys & Girls Club members in Grades K to 12 start the school year right thanks to your support. Last year, you donated more than 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, and your contributions helped ensure that every child was prepared.

This summer, please consider helping the Boys & Girls Club prepare our members for the school year by:

  1. Assembling a backpack according to the list below.
  2. Running a Backpack Drive (see instructions)
  3. Making a modest donation so that the Boys & Girls Club can purchase whatever else is needed.

Here are lists of school supplies for every age group. Happy Shopping!

Please purchase all the items listed on the list to ensure the student receives everything he/she needs for a great school year!

Grades K-2

  • Backpack*
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pencil Box
  • Handheld Pencil Sharpener
  • Pens (Black Ink)
  • Box of Crayons
  • Glue Sticks (2)
  • 5-inch Safety Scissors
  • Ruler (marked in inches and centimeters)
  • Spiral Notebooks (4)
  • Index Cards (1 package)

*Typical K-2 graders need a smaller backpack. Look for backpacks with popular characters, fun colors, and bright designs.
A small backpack tends to be about 12-14" x 9-12" x 5-10".

Grades 3-5

  • Backpack*
  • #2 Pencils
  • Handheld Pencil
  • Sharpener
  • Pens (Black Ink)
  • Highlighters
  • Large Pink Eraser
  • Glue Sticks (2)
  • 5-inch Safety Scissors
  • Ruler (marked in inches and centimeters)
  • Assignment Book/Weekly Planner
  • Composition Notebook (1)
  • Spiral Notebooks (3)
  • Index Cards (1 package)

* A typical 3-5 grader needs a small backpack. Look for backpacks with classic colors or simple designs.
A small backpack tends to be about 16" x 12" x 10".

Grades 6-8

  • Backpack*
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pencil Box
  • Pens in Blue, Black, and Red
  • Highlighters (2)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ruler (marked in inches and centimeters)
  • Assignment Book/Weekly Planner
  • Composition Notebook (1)
  • Pocket Folders (5)
  • Spiral Notebooks (6)
    Index Cards (1 package)

* Typical 6-8 graders need a medium backpack. Look for backpacks with classic colors and sturdier builds.
A medium backpack tends to be about 19" x 12" x 10".

Grades 9-12

  • Backpack*
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pens in Blue, Black, and Red
  • Highlighters (2)
  • Eraser
  • Ruler (marked in inches and centimeters)
  • Mini-Stapler and Staples
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Assignment Book/Weekly Planner
  • Composition Notebook (1)
  • Pocket Folders (6)
  • Spiral Notebooks (8)
  • Index Cards (1 package)
  • USB Flash Drive (Optional)

*Typical 9-12 grader needs a larger backpack. Look for backpacks with classic colors and sturdy builds.
A large backpack tends to be about 19" x 13"x 10".