Thank you for thinking of Oakland kids! Many of our students come to school without the tools they need, from backpacks to the supplies inside them: pencils, crayons, rulers, and more. And given budget challenges, our teachers often dip into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies, from paper to cleaning wipes to dry-erase markers.


The most-needed supplies are listed below—click here to see them. If you have supplies you’d like to donate, the best way to do this is by contacting a school directly and arrange to drop them off. Not only does this make things easier for the school, but it’s a great way to meet and connect with the staff and students you’re helping out. You can find phone numbers and email addresses for any school on OUSD’s website:

A few other quick notes:
Classroom supplies are preferred over individual backpacks because they are easier for schools to distribute, more kids can take advantage of them, and there are already several large-scale backpack donation efforts that happen every fall.


All supplies and backpacks must be new. No red or blue backpacks.


If you do have backpacks to donate, we recommend you do this later in the year (around February or March), when many schools welcome new immigrants and other students who arrive with very few belongings.


As a reminder, neither the Ed Fund or individual schools are able to pick up supplies, so we strongly suggest you deliver them directly to a school of your choice.


If you have an unusually large amount of supplies to donate, please email and we will help you work out a plan.


If you are looking to donate office furniture (desks, chairs, bookshelves, etc.), please visit this page for the next steps.





Elementary (K-5)


Colored Pencils

Pencil Cases


Markers, Washable



Glue Sticks

Pencil Sharpeners



Scissors, Blunt Tip

Folders, 2-Pocket

Construction Paper

Drawing Paper

Spiral Notebooks, Wide Rule

Extra Credit: Include an easy reader book


Middle School and High School (6-12)


Most of the above, plus:


Binders, 1.5”

Filler Paper, College Rule

Graph Paper

Spiral Notebooks, College Rule

Scientific Calculators

Index Cards

Spiral Notebooks, College Rule

General Classroom Supplies


Teachers are always running short on these!


Copy Paper

Dry-Erase Markers


Clorox Wipes (or similar)

Hand Sanitizer
Thank you for giving Oakland students and teachers the tools they need!