Harford County Education Foundation Launches Annual School Supply Drive

Whiteford branch of Harford County Public Library. Pictured from left to right, Jaime Bink, Debbie Jenkins, Suzy Vogtman.

Collection for school supplies is organized by Harford County Education Foundation and will provide financially challenged Harford County students with needed classroom items.

For thousands of students this year, having basic supplies like pencils or crayons on the first day of school won’t be a given.  Thanks in great part to the Harford County Education Foundation’s Tools for Schools Resource Center over $30,000 in supplies were distributed last year to financially vulnerable students in their home and in the classroom. 

This is a huge support for educators who each year spend hundreds of dollars of their own money to to bridge the supply gap. 

“When teachers at a Title 1 school have access to the supplies their students need to learn, that’s one

less thing they need to worry about.” said Deb Merlock, President of Harford County Education

Foundation.  “Not only does the education foundation provide these essential supplies to Title 1 schools before the first day of school, we also operate a brick and mortar resource center year-round for teachers to shop for free to replenish these learning tools.

Harford County Education Foundation relies on donations and in person supply drives hosted by local businesses, educational institutions, and civic organizations.   

“Helping a child start off on the right foot on day one builds their self-esteem and assists in their learning process,” said Amanda Janaskie, Education Foundation Board Chair and Product Owner at Exelon.  “It is vitally important to equip every child with the resources they need to fully participate in learning starting on the first day of school and throughout the school year.  We are grateful to the businesses and individuals who participate in our efforts to support every child’s academic growth.”

By donating to a centralized resource center, Harford County Education Foundation is able to maximize the number of students served by allocating resources based on need.  It is by this method that the resource center can ensure each child is provided the right school supplies, and that no child in need is turned away due to a shortage of resources. 

Items needed for the Stuff the Bus campaign includes:

Pencils (regular and colored), Pens, Markers (washable and dry erase)

Crayons, Highlighters, Sticky Notes

Blunt edge scissors, Protractors, Compasses, Erasers

Glue sticks and white glue bottles

Index cards, Composition notebooks

Two-pocket folders, 1 1/2″ binders, Binder Dividers

Zippered binder pencil pouches, Plastic pencil cases


USB drives, Graphing calculators (TI-83 & TI-84)

Plastic zip storage bags (quart and gallon size)

Tissues, Hand sanitizer

Collection sites for Stuff the Bus donations are located in the following Harford County businesses through September 15.


Aberdeen IronBirds

American Premier Realty

Beacon Staffing Alternatives, Inc.

Bel Air Athletic Club

Bel Air Orthodontics

Christ Fellowship Church

Coffee Coffee

Delmarva Insurance Group Inc

Edward Jones – Havre de Grace offices

First National Bank – Abingdon, Aberdeen & Bel Air locations

Freedom Federal Credit Union

Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.

Gold Medal Physical Therapy, LLC

Hamilton Service Center

Har-Co Credit Union

Harford County Government

Harford County Department of Emergency Services

Harford County Public Library

Harford County Public Schools – AA Roberty Building

Harford Mutual Insurance Group

Hopewell United Methodist Church

Kiddie Academy


MaGerks Pub

Main Street Cigar

Smiths Detection Inc.

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

The Arena Club

The Y in Central Maryland

Towson University in Northeastern Maryland


Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church

Women of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

Learn about the many ways you can participate at https://harfordeducation.org/programs/tools-for-schools or make a donation at www.harfordeducation.org/donations.

About Harford County Education Foundation
Founded in 2004, Harford County Education Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit education organization that removes barriers from learning by providing tools to compliment the learning and growth of the 37,000 youth in Harford County Public Schools.  The Education Foundation works in partnership with the community to bring critical resources to help students succeed in  their academic and personal goals through  free school supplies for low income students, grants to support innovative and enriched classroom instruction, early literacy, digital technologies, opportunity funds, and celebrating the education profession with the community.

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