Book Bag & School Supply Drive

Did you know?

  • More than 30 million American children are growing up in poverty.

  • Forty percent of children growing up in poverty are not prepared for school.

  • By the end of 4th grade, African American, Hispanic and low-income

    students are already two years behind grade level.

  • Families’ budgets are often stretched so thin that they cannot afford needed

    school supplies.

  • In one low-income community, there was only ONE book for every 300


  • More than 90 percent of the students at the Title 1 schools we donate to

    qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.

  • 100 percent of our students have greatness in their futures — and we can help them get there!


 We at The Irie Rose Family Charity, Brunch with Bink, and our university community partner, the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University are working together for the 5th Annual Backpack to the Future Book Bag and School Supply Drive.

Our vision is that every child in our community has all the tools they need to be successful in the classroom as they begin the school year. This vision can be hampered for many families in our community whose budgets are already stretched thin. This is where we as a community can step in and support our children.

By focusing on an entire school, over the last 5 years we have given away over 1750 brand new book bags (that the children can choose!) with all the school supplies they need for the year in the bag (based on the official school supply list from the school). In addition, we have helped 2 nursing stations be fully stocked for the year as well. These supplies include (but are not limited to): soap, deodorant, feminine products, children’s underwear and children’s aspirin.

This year we will be returning to sponsor the 486 students of Thomasville Heights Elementary School and the nursing/student health supplies needed for the year.

We’d love for you and your business and/or your family to be a part of this important work in our community. Each business and individual sponsor will be named on the Alonzo A. Crim Center website and mentioned in all media publications. Please note: any additional book bags/supplies beyond the 486 needed will be donated The City of Refuge (Atlanta-based homeless shelter).



Sponsorship Options

There are several ways you can support this drive:

 Purchase  book bag(s) and supplies (see below): The average cost for 1 book bag + a full year of school supplies for a child is: $48 (book bags cost: $10/supply cost: $38)

Donate supplies from the supply list (see below): Example: we need 5000 packs of loose leaf notebook paper. 

Monetary contributions: all money will be tracked and used for the purchase of supplies.

Ways to give

To purchase book bags and/or to give monetary contributions, please click on the following link:

Go to “Contribution Options”, and under “Payment Online” go to “Please go to our giving form”-click on this link.

Indicate amount and for “type of gift” choose “one-time gift”

IMPORTANT! Go to the “Comments” box and type “Backpack to the Future Book Bag Drive”

Click “no” for “Is this a pledge payment”

Finally, type in your billing information

Ignore the Matching Gifts and Tribute Information sections

For process checks, please email: Dana E. Salter, Associate Director, Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University @


July 15, 2017 from 10am-2pm @ Thomasville Heights Elementary (1820 Henry Thomas Drive SE, Atlanta, GA, 30315)

July 17-August 5, 2017 from 9am-4pm @ the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence (30 Pryor St. SE, Atlanta, GA, 30303)


Whether you are a local business or an individual- we are all a vital part of this community and holistically supporting our community’s children so that they can live their best lives enriches us all.  Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with you to help students in our community start the year off right.

For more information or questions, please contact: Nishona Curry, Executive Program Director-Jumpstart at Georgia State University @


The 5th Annual Backpack to the Future Team:

The Irie Rose Family Charity, Brunch with Bink , The Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence