What: Tools 2 Schools

Where: Area Walmart Stores

When: July 21st-August 21st

Why: Getting kids the supplies ‘tools’ to be successful

It could be for a pencil, binder, or just to touch base. There might be an academic issue or maybe it’s an attendance problem. It might be for no reason at all. However, the students at Shaw Middle School might just want to stop by and see Ryan Douse. He’s the site coordinator for Communities in Schools at the Spokane middle school and is there to support students. Part of that support may include making sure that students have all the supplies they need to begin school.

“There are families that are in huge need and don’t have extra money,” Douse explained. To meet that need Douse said they rely on programs like Tools 2 Schools. KREM 2 and partners Walmart, CDA Casino, and Communities in Schools are once again hosting the annual event that aims to equip kids with all the ‘tools’ they need to begin the school year.

LINK: Communities in Schools of Spokane County

LINK: KROC CDA Tools to Schools

Douse says by providing kids with a backpack and supplies that it “levels the playing field” and allows the kids to feel good when walking through the school doors.

“It brings confidence,” Douse said.

You can donate school supplies at any area Walmart from July 21 to Aug. 21. The stores also provide pre-stuffed backpacks for purchase with prices beginning at $10. These backpacks and supplies are donated to schools throughout Airway Heights, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. The backpacks will be distributed through Communities in Schools Spokane just days before the kids head back to school. If there are any extra supplies, then schools can have them on-hand throughout the semester.

“It’s a constant need throughout the year,” says Douse.

If you would like to receive a backpack as part of the Tools 2 Schools program, please contact your local school.

Schools that will have backpacks for students in the community:


Betz Elementary

Cheney High School

Cheney Middle School

Salnave Elementary

Snowden Elementary

Sunset Elementary

Westwood Middle School

Windsor Elementary

Medical Lake

Hallet Elementary

Michael Anderson Elementary

Medical Lake Middle School

Medical Lake High School


Chase Middle School

Cooper Elementary

Ferris High School

Finch Elementary

Garry Middle School

Grant Elementary

Holmes Elementary

Lidgerwood Elementary

Logan Elementary

Mullan Road Elementary

North Central High School

Regal Elementary

Rogers High School

Sacajawea Middle School

Shaw Middle School

Sheridan Elementary

Stevens Elementary

Whitman Elementary

Spokane Valley

East Farms Elementary

McDonald Elementary

Progress Elementary

Seth Woodard Elementary

Trent Elementary

Trentwood Elementary

East Valley Middle School

North Idaho

Atlas Elementary

Borah Elementary

Bryan Elementary

Dalton Elementary

Fernan STEM Academy

Hayden Meadows Elementary

Northwest Expedition Academy

Ramsey Magnet School of Science

Skyway Elementary

Sorensen Magnet of Arts & Humanities

Winton Elementary