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Tools 2 Schools

Tools 2 School is an effort to make sure every child in the Inland Northwest has the supplies needed to thrive in school.



Tools 2 Schools is designed to provide local students with all the ‘tools’ needed to begin school. The right ‘tools’ allow kids to concentrate on being engaged students and happy kids. We love kids! Help us give them the tools they need to succeed. KREM 2 and our Tools 2 schools partners: Communities in Schools Spokane, Coeur d’Alene Casino, Office Depot, and Starbucks hope to make the return to school exciting, fun, and educational. Our mission is simple: provide 2,000 students with a backpack filled with all the ‘tools’ to succeed.


What: Tools 2 Schools is a backpack and school supply drive. The mission is to provide 2,000 fully stuffed backpacks to area kids that otherwise would note be able to afford one. It allows kids to be prepared for learning, concentrate in school, and provide a sense of confidence during a difficult time.

How do I give supplies? We have different ways to give:

  1. Through August, you can donate on KREM.com to the KREM Cares ‘Tools 2 Schools’ campaign. That donation will go directly to our partner non-profit, Communities in Schools, to purchase backpacks and supplies for our kids: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/DQ97Wm3FSkU1M-RB8xyUoQ
  2. You can donate through August at an area Office Depot in Spokane & Coeur d’Alene
    1. 1003 E. 3rd
    2. 4511 N. Division
    3. 14008 E. Sprague Ave
    4. 261 W. Canfield
  3. You can donate August 16th-22nd at Area Starbucks. They will have Scan Codes inside the cafes and at the drive-through to use with your phones. The QR code is a quick way to give to the cause while grabbing your favorite cup of coffee
  4. Text the word ‘TOOLS’ to our text line at 509-448-2000. We will send you a link right to your phone to make a donation.

When do I need to donate by? We would like to order the supplies as soon as possible so that kids can start the year right. We will be taking ‘Tools 2 Schools’ donations through the month of August.

How do I get supplies for my kids? Communities in Schools works with schools throughout our area to provide the ‘tools’ to kids and families that need the assistance. Ask your school if there is a Communities in Schools representative

When will supplies be distributed? Supplies will go to area kids just before school begins so that they can walk through through the doors feeling empowered to succeed.

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