Youngstown City Schools giving backpacks, supplies to every student

Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip said the donations will relieve the cost burden for parents.

Generic school supplies


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – All Youngstown City School students are getting a backpack filled with supplies on their first day of school this year.

CEO Krish Mohip said the supplies are being given out to ensure kids are ready for the start of school on September 5.

“It’s a way to help our kids while also relieving some of the cost burden from our families,” he said.

For Erica Talley, getting her four children ready for the school year is stressful and expensive. But this year, it will be easier because the district is footing the bill for much of the back to school cost.

Mohip said when students walk into class, they will have everything they need inside new backpacks.

“When they walk into school, they will have a nice, new backpack with our new logo on it. It will be waiting for them, draped over their chair.”

Supplies provided by YCSD: 
K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12
Pencils

Fat pencils

3-ring binder

Spiral-bound notebook

Pronged two-pocket folders

Glue sticks

Markers

Crayons

Pens

Colored pencils

Ear Buds

Notebook paper

Pocket calculators

Pencils

3-ring binder

Spiral-bound notebook

Pronged two-pocket folders

Glue sticks

Markers

Crayons

Pens

Colored pencils

Ear Buds

Folders

Notebook paper

Pocket calculator

Pencils

3-ring binder

Spiral-bound notebook

Pronged two-pocket folders

Glue sticks

Markers

Crayons

Pens

Colored pencils

Ear Buds

Dividers

Notebook paper

Pocket calculator

Pencils

Pens

3-ring binders

Notebook paper

Composition book

Highlighters

Folders (5)

Ear buds

Note cards

2 spiral notebooks

Glue sticks

Markers

Colored pencils

Youngstown City Schools provided backpacks and supplies for students last year, too, but this time around, the supplies are grade-specific. The backpack for a third grader will be different than the backpack for a junior in high school.

Mohip said the school district has millions of dollars in surplus, so it’s a no-brainer for them to provide the supplies.

“We want kids to be able to come to school, not worried about whether they have the right supplies or not. Our primary focus is getting kids to school every single day. The first few days of school are so important. The first day really sets the tone for the entire school year.”

For parents like Talley, the donated backpacks alleviate a huge burden.

“Trying to make sure that everyone has their homework, everyone has their supplies, and everything is done. When you have the city behind you, pushing it, it makes a big difference,” she said.

Local organizations are pitching in, too. The Red Zone and City Kids Care are teaming up to give away 800 bikes in the days before school starts.

“We are going to give away 200 bikes per day, as well as do the orientations. Come out, meet your principal. Come out and meet the new CEO,” said Charles Colvin, with City Kids Care.

New this year, the district is accepting donations of school supplies at all of the buildings.

Classroom supplies still needed:
K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12
Boxes of tissues

Hand sanitizer

Gallon plastic zip bags

Children’s scissors

Hand sanitizer

Pint plastic zip bags

Rulers

Boxes of tissues

Hand sanitizer

Gallon plastic zip bags

Children’s scissors

Hand sanitizer

Pint plastic zip bags

Rulers

Boxes of tissues

Hand sanitizer

Gallon Ziplock bags

Children’s scissors

Hand sanitizer

Pint plastic zip bags

Rulers

Hand sanitizer

Plastic zip bags

Rulers

Boxes of tissue

Clorox wipes

 

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