Tools for School

Ensuring all Kids get the opportunity to thrive in school.


Our Tools for School program is a community initiative intended to make sure that all students receive the educational supplies that they need for success in their classroom.

In some areas of the Region, the need for backpacks filled with school supplies is as high as 8 in 10 students. United Way's Tools for School aims to reduce one known barrier preventing children and youth from successful learning and participation in school. Through support of community donors and corporate partners, we continue to meet the needs of children and youth in our community.

Outline of our Program:

  • Program runs for the month of August

  • Donation collection bins are set up throughout Brandon

  • Supplies are purchased to help over 900 students each year

  • Supplies are boxed up and delivered to all schools in the Brandon School Division at the end of August

  • Supplies are at the schools available to students for the first day back to school


Note: Once the school supplies have been delivered to the schools, it is the responsibility of the school to determine who receives the school supplies. Please contact your Home School Liaison or Principal.


Tools for School Dates

Augusts 1st | Donation collections begin.

August 25th | Donation collections end.

August 26th | School supplies picked up.

August 27th – 28th | School supplies sorted and packed.

August 29th - 30th | School supplies delivered.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about this program please call our office at 204-571-8929 or email us at

Supplies Needed

Hilroy Scribblers | Duo Tangs | Wax Crayons | HB Pencils | Scissors (pointed or blunt) | Latex Free Erasers Loose Leaf | Ball Point Pens | Washable Markers | Metric Rulers |1″ and 2” 3 Ring Binders | Cloth Pencil Cases | Pencil Crayons | Coloured Markers (12) | Glue Sticks | Binder Dividers | Graph Paper.

*New, latex free, and unscented supplies would be greatly appreciated!*

Drop Off Locations

Brandon Sun
Kelty iManagement
Guild Insurance Brokers
Manitoba Public Insurance
Canex CFB Shilo
94.7 Star FM/91.5 Q Country FM
Pure Country / 96.1 Bob FM
Riverheights Terrace
Towers Realty - 4th Floor Scotia Towers

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