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I think it goes without saying that kids could use as much support as possible as we gear up for another uneasy school year. The last thing anyone should be worrying about is whether or not they have the supplies needed to make it through the year. If you’re looking for a way to help, The Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Supply Drive has begun!

Through August 18, Penny Post and Red Barn Mercantile will have collection bins set up at the front of each store. Both shops are offering 10% off* purchases made at the time of drop-off. (*Custom and special orders are not eligible.) Everything collected will go straight to Cora Kelly Elementary School.

In addition to school supplies, Penny Post is also collecting notes of encouragement to pass on to students and teachers as they begin their school year. A sweet and easy way to spread a bit of cheer. We'll have a station set up at Penny Post with all the supplies needed to create as many colorful notes as you can whip up. We have no doubt our Penny Post people will deliver in the love note department.

Thank you in advance for whatever you’re able to donate to help ACPS start their school year off right. The Backpack + Supply Drive ends Wednesday, August 18, so be sure to bring your donations in before then! 

Cora Kelly School for Math, Science, and Technology School Supply List 2021-2022


  • Pack of 24 Crayola crayons
  • Box of tissues
  • Bag of gallon freezer Ziploc bags
  • Bag of sandwich size Ziploc bags
  • Black Expo dry erase markers
  • Pack of Ticonderoga Pencils
  • Elmer’s white glue bottle
  • Elmer’s glue stick 

First Grade 

  • 3 Glue sticks
  • 2 Packs of pencils
  • Scissors
  • 24 Pack of crayons
  • 1 Composition notebook
  • 3 Big erasers
  • 4 Dry erase markers
  • 2 Folders with Pockets (blue&yellow)
  • Index cards
  • 1 Box of gallon freezer Ziploc bags
  • 1 Box of quart Ziploc bags
  • Tissue box

Second Grade 

  • 1 Pack of pencils
  • 1 Pack of black Expo Markers
  • 1 Pack of glue sticks
  • 1 Box of tissues
  • 1 Box of crayons

Third Grade 

  • 5 Folders (different solid colors)
  • 3 Composition notebooks
  • Black Expo markers
  • Headphones with microphone
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencils
  • Post-it Note

Fourth Grade 

  • 4 Composition notebooks (preferably blue, red, green and orange(or yellow), black only is fine too)
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • 1 Pack of Post-It notes
  • Pencil pouch
  • Headphones with microphone
  • 1 Pack of glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • highlighters
  • 1 Pocket folder
  • 1 Box of Kleenex tissues

Fifth Grade

  • Pencil pouch or box 
  • Glue sticks 
  • Dry erase markers
  • 1 Box of Kleenex tissues
  • Scissors
  • Post-it Notes
  • 3 Highlighters
  • 3 composition notebooks 
  • 3"x5" Index cards

TAG Supply List

  • 1 Black sharpie
  • 1 Pack of pencils
  • 2 Yellow highlighters
  • 1 Pack colored pencils
  • 1 Pair of school scissors
  • 4 Glue sticks
  • Pencil pouch or box 
  • 2 Composition notebooks
  • 1 Box of Kleenex tissues

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