Hopelink looks to outfit low-income pupils with school supplies

The new school year is still several months away, but for thousands of local children in low-income families—including about 1,700 in the Snoqualmie Valley—the carefree summer months will soon give way to another worry, whether they will be able to keep up in school without the tools they need to succeed. For these youth, whose parents struggle every day to make ends meet, essential school supplies can be vital to ensuring they are on equal footing with their peers when classes begin.

As part of its annual “Kids Need School Supplies” drive during the summer months, Hopelink is collecting school supplies to distribute to schoolchildren in low-income families to help ensure they come to school ready to learn.

Supplies particularly needed this year are:

  • Large and small backpacks (no logos)
  • Three-hole punched and lined filler paper
  • College-ruled paper
  • Printer paper
  • Graph paper (in spiral notebooks)
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Folders
  • 3 x 5 cards
  • Colored pencils and red correcting pencils
  • Markers
  • Fine-tipped Sharpies
  • Protractors
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • USB drives
  • Scissors
  • Rulers

Hopelink’s Kids Need School Supplies program serves families that qualify for their school’s free and reduced-cost lunch program and are enrolled in the Lake Washington, Riverview, Skykomish, Snoqualmie Valley and Sultan School Districts.

For more information on making a donation of supplies or cash to purchase supplies, call Ashley Stokes at 425-897-3710 or email: Donations also can be made in person at the Hopelink Sno-Valley center at 31957 E. Commercial Street in Carnation through August 10.

Families in need of school supplies must register online by July 31 at: or by completing a registration form, available at any Hopelink center. For more information on signing up, email: or call the Hopelink Sno-Valley center at 425.333.4163.

Last year, the drive helped supply about 3,400 students with backpacks and school supplies, including nearly 1,000 in the Valley, and the goal this year is to outfit 5,000 youth in grades K-12.

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