Other Ways to Help

School Supplies and Backpacks

With help from many community groups and organizations, Farmers Insurance, and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation placed over 1,700 backpacks in the hands of students and families in need during the past school year.  Your organization or family can be part of this project by purchasing backpacks and filling them with needed school supplies. Supply-filled backpacks will be delivered to Olathe school principals to fill a requested need.

If you have school supplies to donate, you can visit the OPSF office at 315 N. Lindenwood or any of these 2017 donation sites: 

Your organization can also conduct a school supply drive and collect needed supplies. E-mail us at foundation@olatheschools.org and we will send you a flyer.  

Below is a list of items needed:

Backpacks - for younger and older students

1-inch, 3-ring binders

5-tab index dividers

Colored Pencils



Dry erase markers

Ear buds


Glue sticks


Index cards

Loose-leaf paper - wide-ruled only

Markers – wide

Pencil bags/boxes

Pens – black, red, and blue


Spiral notebooks

Two-pocket folders with prongs

Two-pocket folders without prongs

Wooden pencils

Other helpful items: Kleenex, hand sanitizer, post-its and bleach-free disinfectant wipes.

Donate a Musical Instrument

The Olathe School District is seeking donations of used band and orchestra instruments for students unable to rent or purchase a musical instrument of their own. Especially needed are clarinets, flutes, trombones, trumpets, violas and violins. Donated instruments can be repaired, if necessary. National and local statistics reveal that participation in music programs keeps children connected to school and correlates directly with high graduation rates. Donating a musical instrument is tax deductible. For additional information contact Martha Gabel, District Fine Arts Coordinator, 913-780-8230, or mgabelirc@olatheschools.org

Do you have a volunteer program that you'd like to post on this page? Please contact the Foundation office at 780-8222 or email foundation@olatheschools.org.