Stuff the Bus: School Supply Collection Drive

Drive: July 1 – August 2 

Stuff-a-Thon at Kaiser Permanente Arena: Aug. 3 

We are asking for DONATIONS and VOLUNTEERS for the Stuff-a-Thon!

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is proud to partner with United Way of Santa Cruz County to collect and distribute NEW backpacks and school supplies to Santa Cruz County students to ensure they start school this year ready to learn with the tools they need to achieve and thrive.

Last year, more than 3,000 Santa Cruz County students were experiencing homelessness or extreme hardship, and through this school supply drive, we were able to collect 2,200 new supplies for the youth in time for the first day of school. Thank you for your generous support!

2019 Stuff the Bus poster


Pile of backpacks

We are also asking for the donation of the following supplies:

  • Large backpacks for High School students – no red or blue
  • 3-Ring Binders, 1 1/2 or 2 inches
  • Binder paper (3-ring, wide-ruled)
  • Spiral bound notebooks (70ct. college rule)
  • Composition notebooks
  • 2-pocket folders
  • Rulers (12″, plastic)
  • Pens (12 or more)
  • Pencils #2 (12 or more)
  • Pencil Pouch
  • Color crayons (8 or 24 ct.)
  • Colored pencils (12 ct.)
  • Colored markers
  • Yellow highlighter
  • Scissors (5 1/4″, blunt tip)
  • Pink erasers (2pk)
  • Pocket calculators
  • Glue sticks
  • Shoe gift certificates
  • Clothing gift certificates

There are a number of locations that will be accepting these supplies in Aptos, Santa Cruz, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, and Freedom.

2019 Stuff the Bus drop off locations

United Way is also accepting corporate sponsorships! Various levels of sponsorship include a pop-up school bus for display at your location, marketing materials that include your company logo, and social media posts. Download the 2019 Stuff the Bus Corporate Sponsorship Form and contact the United Way team should you have any questions at

Stuff the Bus

All items may be dropped off or mailed to: 

Attn: Sage Leibenson
Re: Stuff the Bus 
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Please make checks payable to the Santa Cruz County Office of Education with “Stuff the Bus” in the memo line.