Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is expecting nearly 400 students to utilize the Tools for School program.
 
The program was started by the United Way in 1996, with EIPS getting involved shortly thereafter.
 
"Supplies are collected in the Capital Region that provides backpacks and school supplies for students from (Kindergarten) to grade 12 for families that have limited resources available," explained EIPS board chair Trina Boymook. "The goal is to meet the needs of the students living in our communities."
 
Donations have been flooding in all summer to fill the backpacks for kids as back to school time quickly approaches.
 
Usually, the program sees around 200 students take a backpack filled with the things they need for success at school. This year, that's a bit different.
 
"Right now we have requests for 380," said Boymook. "(We) anticipate that there will be more requests coming in as we get closer to the first day of school."
 
Supplies needed right now include:
- Backpacks
- Pencils
- Pencil crayons
- Blue pens
- Highlighters
- Loose leaf paper
- Binders
 
Numerous locations are accepting donations all over the capital region. Boymook anticipates donations will be accepted midway into September.

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