School Tools 2021

This August, help us collect school supplies for local kids.

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In Western Washington, the 2021 school year will likely look a bit more ‘normal’, with many of our students returning to in-person learning. This means it’s once again critical that we support the estimated 58,000+ local students that will begin the school year without basic school supplies.

This year, Bartell’s continues its commitment to supporting families and students in our local communities and beyond, with the 19th annual School Tools supply drive will support.

Bartell Drugs, in partnership with local radio station STAR 101.5 and World Vision, the School Tools program will reflect the evolving needs of students, and families.

The items collected during the donation drive will include gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, toiletries, personal care items, nonperishable food, and basic school essentials. With the help of local school counselors, students and families who may benefit from this program are identified and World Vision volunteers deliver food and essentials kits to them directly.

    “Every child deserves an education. Education can lift a child out of poverty and life’s unforeseen circumstances and provide a second chance to reach their full potential. Yet, many lack basic supplies critical for learning. Teachers themselves spend an average of $500 out of pocket (many spend much more) to provide their students with necessary items. These supplies can set a student’s education journey into motion by instilling confidence to complete schoolwork, create a sense of pride in ownership, and restore dignity by leveling the playing field among better resourced peers.

    In our 19th year of School Tools, World Vision will be distributing donation kits to students and schools across the King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The items in these kits will include basic school supplies, PPE, personal care items and more. These supplies will stay local and support families near their local Bartell Drug store. World Vision’s long-term relationships with 174 schools in our local communities, will allow your donation at Bartell’s to reach the children that need it the most.”
    Michael Gillespie, Sr. Director at World Vision

From August 1st to 28th, Bartell’s welcomes donations of school supplies and hygiene products to support students in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. There are three ways to donate: Cash donations are accepted at all 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 1st, monetary donations can also be contributed online through our partners at World Vision .

Items to Donate

School Supplies

  • Crayons – 24 count
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue
  • Filler paper
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Scissors


  • Personal Protective equipment (PPE)
    • Gloves, masks, hand sanitizers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons/pads)
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Soap bars/body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant