Impoverished children face new school year without supplies

Back to school for this boy and his Spiderman backpack

One of a child’s exciting “moments” of the year is anticipating back-to-school. The year ahead is a blank slate–surely ready to reveal new wonders! But for nearly 20,000 students in the Quad Cities–and for our 100 HMHI children–who come from families with incomes low enough to qualify for free & reduced meals and fees, there’s also some anxiety.

Will I have the supplies that the teacher expects me to have? Will my mom be able to afford the clothing and shoes I need for school? Children without the basics experience shame and embarrassment, particularly when their peers notice what they lack.

Every year we try to help our participating families to acquire the back-to-school basics that they must have. The school supply lists are lengthy, and our single parent families are stretched to equip their children adequately–particularly when they have two or more students in schools.

You can assist us by dropping off school supplies during office hours [Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4 PM] at our office at

1228 E. 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa;  563/326-1330 (Phone)

These are supplies our HMHI children need that are in short supply:

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Bookbags
  • Small bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 1 quart Ziploc baggies
  • Highlighters
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Paper towels
  • Composition notebooks
  • 3×5 index cards
  • Post it notes
  • 1″ – 3 ring binders
  • Plastic tab divider pages
  • Graph paper
  • 3 subject notebooks
  • Scientific Calculators
  • Calculators
  • USB flash drives

Most of our students are also expected to have these supplies:

  • 24 pk crayons
  • 4 oz. bottles of Elmer’s glue
  • Glue sticks
  • 8 pk washable markers
  • #2 pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • Fiskar scissors
  • Boxes of Kleenex
  • Wide ruled loose leaf paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil tip erasers
  • Big pink erasers
We are so grateful for you for any supplies you can share. Your assistance will brighten the eyes and lighten the hearts of our children.
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