You’ve struggled through summer break trying to make ends meet and feeding the kids the cheapest lunch you could find, but now school’s back in and you’re rushing around for school supplies. You don’t have to drop hundreds of dollars, though. We found out how to get free school supplies in Jefferson and Clearfield Counties!
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Good news! Pennsylvania law dictates schools must supply school supplies to any child who needs them. Teachers and schools cannot demand students to bring their own supplies. They must pay for the supplies so students and parents do not carry the burden. These school supplies, though, are often the bare minimum your child needs to be successful in school. Your child will likely need more in the future.
We found school supplies in Jefferson County, PA.
If you’re a Verizon customer or you have a government cell phone, you can get free school supplies at Verizon in Punxsutawney! The store is giving away backpacks stuffed with school supplies to families who need them.
The Better Living Center offers free backpacks. The organization may also have further resources on where to get school supplies for those backpacks.
The Tabor United Methodist Church offers a backpack ministry program. There, you can get a backpack and “shop” from their school supply selection. The availability is based on donations so be sure to visit early!
We found school supplies in Clearfield County, PA.
There are some school supply drives in Clearfield and beyond that offer free back to school supplies and backpacks. Most of these do not require you to live in the county.
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The Salvation Army in Clearfield sometimes offers school supplies. The availability is based on donations. Call before visiting to find out if they have any free backpacks or school supplies.