The start of school is just around the corner and even though it will look completely different this year due to COVID-19, supplies are still needed. What better way to help make the start of this difficult year a little easier for those who desperately need it than with a School Supply Drive?

We have partnered with Kennedy Elementary to gather supplies from August 16-September 6 for students who possibly wouldn't be able to have the necessary items needed for school this year. Our goal is to pack backpacks full of supplies for each grade level and bless them in our Blessing of the Backpacks event on September 6th before donating them to the school. This is such a great way to get your whole family involved in serving and blessing others!

You can find the school supply list below. Please note that some supplies differ between grades. If you are purchasing supplies for a specific grade level, please note the grade on your bag when you drop it off.) Items not on the list that are also needed are backpacks and lunch boxes. Any donation, big or small, will help these students succeed and relieve teachers of the burden of buying extra supplies with their own money!

There will be a drop off box available in the church lobby for you to swing by and put your donations in. Feel free to contact Amanda with any questions you have at

A note from Esther Kottwitz, the Early Childhood Coordinator for Lawrence Public Schools: 

The Early Childhood program is unique in our district for many reasons. One unique factor is that we do not have a Parent Organization that provides extras or does fundraising and we do not have a Lawrence business partner that provides extras. This generous materials drive is greatly appreciated!!! The prayers for our students and staff are greatly appreciated too and I am hopeful that we will be on the prayer lists of many people at River City Church throughout this coming school year.

Our Early Childhood program served 287 children this past school year. This includes children enrolled in classrooms at Kennedy (both PreK Readiness and Special Education), children who only receive Speech and Language Services, and children who attend early childhood settings in the community and receive special education services through Lawrence Public Schools. We enroll 80 children in our PreK Readiness classrooms and approximately 85 children in our Early Childhood Special Education settings (half days).