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Tools4Schools Supply Drive

Each year WakeEd provides free classroom supplies for nearly 11,000 teachers in Wake County Public Schools through their program Tools4Schools. Our Wake County YMCAs serve as drop-off spots for donations between July 9 - Aug. 30, collecting Crayola crayons, colored pencils, pens, pocket folders, index cards and more. 

Our YMCA is proud to support this effort, and we need your help. Look for the large bins in the lobbies of our YMCAs and drop new, unused items throughout the summer. 

Later this summer, all Wake County Public School teachers can sign up for a time to "shop" at the WakeEd store and pick out the supplies they need for the year. 

Listed below are the supplies WakeEd typically stocks in the Tools4Schools store. Or take this list to the store with you.

Writing & Drawing

  • Ticonderoga Pencils and Mechanical Pencils
  • Crayola Crayons, Colored Pencils, or Markers
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers (Various Colors)
  • Sharpie Highlighters
  • Ball Point Pens (Permanent or Erasable)
  • Retractable Pens (3 or 4 Color)
  • Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens (Medium Point)
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers (Black)
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers (Various Sizes/Colors)
  • Folders/Notebooks
  • Pocket Folders (Assorted Types, Colors)
  • Mead Primary Journal Grades K-2
  • Composition Books (College or Wide Ruled)
  • Spiral Notebooks (1-Subject)
  • 3-Ring Binders (1” or 2”, Assorted Colors)
  • Tabbed Dividers
  • Plastic Sheet Protectors
  • Laminating Sheets

Office Supplies

  • Paper Mate Pink Pearl Bar/Pencil-Top Erasers
  • Elmer’s School Glue (Liquid and Glue Sticks)
  • Standard Paper Clips and Binder Clips
  • Loose Leaf Binder Rings
  • Tape (Transparent, Masking, Washi, etc.)
  • Paper Products
  • Copy Paper
  • Loose Leaf Paper (Wide and College Ruled)
  • Colored Copy Paper Cardstock (Bright Colors)
  • Construction Paper
  • Post-It Notes (All Sizes, Colors; Lined or Unlined)
  • Index Cards (All Sizes, Colors; Lined or Unlined)
  • Easel Pads (Regular and Self-Stick Post-It)
  • Clipboards


  • Whiteboard (9x12 Lap-Size)
  • Whiteboard Erasers or Cleaning Solution
  • Pencil Pouches/Boxes
  • Electric Pencil Sharpeners
  • Rulers (Wood/Plastic/Metal)
  • Child Safety Scissors and Adult Scissors
  • Zip-Top Plastic Bags (All Sizes)
  • 3M Command Hooks, Strips Refills


  • Tissues (Boxes and Pocket Packs)
  • Paper Towels
  • Germ-X Hand Sanitizer (Brand per WCPSS)
  • Clorox Wipes (Brand per WCPSS)