School Tools

Giving kids the tools they need to succeed in school – and in life.  That’s the ultimate goal of United Way School Tools - a program designed to give students of low-income families the best possible start to the school year.

Each year, the School Tools project helps more than 3,000 Greenville County students start school ready to learn by providing school supplies and a backpack to each of them. School Tools distribution day is set for Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena and we're launched this year's effort to collect supplies for students in Greenville County.

So many families are struggling just to make ends meet. Contributing to this year’s effort is one meaningful way each of us can make that struggle a little easier. There are a couple of different options for you to get involved:

Make a financial gift

Text SCHOOLTOOLS to 41444 or click here to make a donation. We will use your donation to provide bookbags and supplies to students in need. Every $25 donated will provide a bookbag and school supplies to a local student in time for the first day of school.

Provide school supplies

  1. If your company or organization would like to participate in a drive for supplies with your employees, contact Laura Haney at

  2. If you are an individual who would like to contribute, join the effort by filling a bag with supplies (see recommended items below), label it with the appropriate grade level and drop it off at United Way of Greenville County, 105 Edinburgh Court, Greenville, SC 29607 during regular business hours before Friday, August 4.

Elementary School Supply List

#2 Pencils
Glue Sticks
Zipper Pencil Case
Safety Scissors
Composition Notebooks
Wide-ruled notebook paper
Folders with pockets
Washable Markers
Hand Sanitizer
1” 3-ring binder

Middle School Supply List

#2 Pencils
Zipper Pen/Pencil Case
College-ruled notebook paper
Folders with pockets
2” 3-ring Binder
Glue sticks
Colored Pencils
Pens: red, blue and black ink
Composition Notebooks
Index Cards
Graph paper
Hand Sanitizer