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May 26, 2017

Donations needed for City’s largest school supply drive

The City’s Diversity Office and its community partners are busy preparing for this year’s Operation Back to School Chandler. The annual event brings together the entire community to provide disadvantaged students with school supplies they’ll need for the coming school year. The event will be held from 7-11 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave. 

Donated school supplies, shoes, socks and underwear, as well as supplies from a recommended wish list directly for Federal program students, may be dropped off at the following sites until Wednesday, July 12:
  • Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday
  • Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday
  • Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday
  • Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Road, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday
  • Desert Breeze West Chandler Police Substation, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Hilton Phoenix Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Road, open 24 hours
To view a complete list of school supplies needed (and the Federal Programs recommended wish list), volunteer opportunities or to make a donation online, please visit backtoschoolchandler.org.

For the second year in a row, For our City - Chandler has partnered with Chandler Unified School District’s Federal Programs. By making a donation to support the citywide school supply drive, money the District budgeted for those items instead can fund math and reading tutors for its program students.

During the event, Chandler K-12 students in need will receive a backpack filled with supplies, shoes, uniforms, socks and underwear (while supplies last). Participants must bring a previous report card or enrollment form to confirm attendance at a Chandler school or bring a current utility bill to confirm Chandler residence. 

Operation Back to School Chandler is organized by City staff in partnership with: AZCEND, Chandler Unified School District, CARE Center, Fans Across America, CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Chandler Neighborhood Resources, ICAN, Boys & Girls Club, EV Jewish Community Center, M.I.L.K., Matthew’s Crossing, Goodwill, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Dignity Health, LDS Church, Gear-Up Promotions and For Our City - Chandler.