Stuff the Backpack School Supply Drive

NBC4 is launching a summer-long school supply drive to help Columbus City School students succeed in the 2018-2019 school year.

NBC4 is partnering with PrimaryOne Health and CME Federal Credit Union on the Stuff the Backpack fundraiser, with the goal of providing a backpack filled with school supplies to each of the nearly 52,000 students in the Columbus City School District.

Pens, pencils, scissors, and paper are just some of the simple school supplies many local families may not be able to afford. Many times, teachers need to purchase supplies with their own money just to ensure their students have the necessities.

"School supplies are incredibly important. When they come unprepared to not fault of their own it has a big impact on them and it can sort of make and break sometimes how they feel about school and how they feel about being here and doing work and having support," says Holly Eichman, a kindergarten teacher at Winterset Elementary School. 

With your help, we can stuff backpacks and give every student from day one all of the supplies they need.

NBC4 will also host a donation day to collect new backpacks and school supplies on Saturday, August 4 from 8:00am to 12:00pm at 3165 Olentangy River Road in Columbus.


School Supply Drop-off Locations


Donations will be accepted at NBC4 and any PrimaryOne Health or CME Federal Credit Union location throughout the summer. Secure credit card donations can be made at CME's website.

Use the Google Map below to get directions to the closest location near you.

NBC4 Studios
3165 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43202
PrimaryOne Health
1180 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205-1975
CME Downtown Branch
365 S. 4th St.
Columbus, OH 43215
PrimaryOne Health
2300 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43204-3783
CME Clintonville Branch
4545 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43214
PrimaryOne Health
3781 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43207-1930
CME Hilliard Branch
4099 Trueman Blvd.
Hilliard, OH 43026
PrimaryOne Health
1500 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219-1093
CME Pickerington Branch
1017 Refugee Rd.
Pickerington, OH 43147
PrimaryOne Health
3433 Agler Road, Suite 2800
Columbus, Ohio 43219-1347
CME Westerville Branch
428 S. State St.
Westerville, OH 43081
PrimaryOne Health
1791 Alum Creek Drive, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43207
PrimaryOne Health
240 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
PrimaryOne Health
1905 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43207

Needed School Supply List

backpacks glue stick pocket folders w/prongs
#2 pencils graph paper ruler
basic calculator highlighters scientific calculator
box of tissues notebook paper scissors
colored pencils pens scissors (blunt)
crayons pink eraser spiral notebooks
dictionary pocket folders wide ruled notebook paper
Click/tap here to download a printable school supply list guide by school grade.
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Stuff the Backpack Drive