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How to Get Free School Supplies

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Aside from the high tuition fees that most parents are anxious about, school supplies are another factor that adds to their worries. Sometimes, discount tickets and coupons are not enough to sustain the expensive school supplies their children need.

Luckily, there are tons of organizations that provide school supplies to various kids annually. And it will be a big help if you happen to know one, right? Read along this article to learn more about it and to determine if you qualify.

Back 2 School Giveaway

The Back 2 School Giveaway is a program of the ICNA or Islamic Circle of North America. It is a nationwide campaign that provides children’s backpacks filled with school supplies. Their main goal is to help kids without making any discrimination with their religion, nationality, race and gender. You may want to do further research about this campaign to know if they will visit your State. What’s more about it is that you don’t have to pay for any registration fee just to qualify.

Operation home front

Programs and organizations that support military families are also exerting efforts to provide school supplies to many children. To qualify, one of the child’s parents should be an active service duty member and should live in either Kentucky or Tennessee. The child should also be in ranks E1 – E6. In partnership with such programs, Red Cross Organization also hosts school supply giveaway events.

City-initiated programs

There are also certain cities that conduct their own programs to help children continue their education. Aside from the scholarship, they also provide pens, papers, pencils, notebooks and other typical school supplies. All these are packed in a school bag which is given away for free. Some cities also have programs such as School on Wheels that provide free tutoring and free school supplies as well. As for the qualifications, the matter generally depends on every city.

Book shops and stores

Alongside the left and right programs of various organizations, some bookshops and other school supply stores also have their own way of conducting a free school supply giveaway. Some stores have the minimum purchase rule wherein you should first purchase stuffs that would reach a certain amount and afterwards you will be given free school supplies. Other stores even pair up school supplies with other products to be given away.

Department stores

One of the most famous sources of free school supplies would be the department stores. It’s the place where you can find “buy one get one” signs everywhere. From bags, socks, to school supplies – almost all of these are offered in a buy one get one basis. You can also add up the power of coupons to lessen your bill.

No sales tax shopping

There are approximately 17 states in the US that allots certain days to be a sales tax-free shopping day. This means you can purchase school supplies without needing to pay the sales tax. Most of the times these days occur in August. Some countries also don’t ask for sales tax on shoes, clothing and computers on the same day.