Bartell’s 17th Annual School Tools donation drive supports local students

August 1, 2019

SEATTLE – A pencil can empower a future generation of songwriters, political candidates and CEOs. Markers, paper or colored pencils can spark inspiration for the next iconic hero. A ballpoint pen can be what a student needs to sign their college application. For most kids, these supplies are standard issue, paid for by their parents. But for many others, the means to provide these essential tools is out of reach.

Bartell Drugs, in partnership with local radio station STAR 101.5 and World Vision, is helping set students up for success. From August 4th to 30th, Bartell’s 17th Annual School Tools program welcomes donations of school supplies and hygiene products. 100% of the donations received will directly support local schools. This community effort aims to make a positive impact on local students starting out the new school year.

“The generosity we see each year from our customers in support of this program is truly remarkable. They help us make a positive impact on many students’ lives,” said Adam Wampler, SVP of Operations for Bartell Drugs. “Our store teams love to rally around the School Tools program to support kids in our own neighborhoods across the Puget Sound.”

Items collected during the drive will be donated to World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife. This center serves over 70,000 students in 152 elementary, middle and high schools located in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Donated items help re-stock the center where teachers “shop” for supplies for qualifying students.

There are three ways to donate: Cash donations are accepted at sixty-six neighborhood Bartell Drugs locations. Customers can also purchase select items marked in-store with “School Tools” tags and place them in red donation bins at the front of the stores. Lastly, beginning on August 4th, monetary donations can be contributed online at


About Bartell Drugs: Operating 68 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, Bartell Drugs is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. Serving the Northwest since 1890, Bartell Drugs is dedicated to providing exceptional service that advances health, happiness and wellbeing. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

Media Contact: Hannah Kubiak, Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 or