Maria's Backpacks - School Supply Drive Starts July 3!

Maria Lucas always had a place in her heart for those in need and began a career working with Special Education for the Ritenour School District. During summer breaks, Maria worked as a camp counselor for the City of Maryland Heights. In 2017, Maria was hired as a Customer Relations Specialist and became a shining presence at the Maryland Heights Community Center. In a tragic incident, we lost Maria in 2020 but continue to memorialize her kind and positive spirit by organizing a school supply drive in her memory.

Education and children were very important to Maria. We would like to make it possible to ensure every child in our community has the supplies needed to succeed at school. We will start accepting donations for the Maria’s Backpacks School Supply Drive on Maria’s birthday - Sunday, July 3. If you would like to donate school supplies, we will have three collection sites: the Maryland Heights Community Center (2300 McKelvey Rd.), the Maryland Heights Government Center in the Police Department Lobby (11911 Dorsett Rd.), Maryland Heights Fire District House 1 (2600 Schuetz) and House 2 (12828 Dorsett Rd). We will be collecting items until Monday, August 15, 2022. 

Items needed:
  • New or like new backpacks with no wheels
  • #2 pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • 16 & 24 count crayons
  • 10 or 12 count markers (broad or thin tip)
  • Highlighters
  • Student scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Bottles of liquid glue
  • Colored pencils
  • Dry erase markers
  • Two pocket folders
  • Post-it notes
  • Spiral single subject wide ruled notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Pencil boxes
  • Black sharpie markers
  • Washable watercolors
  • Transparent tape
  • Boxes of face tissues
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Gallon, quart and sandwich sized Ziploc bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • 1” three ring binders
  • Index cards
  • Black and blue ink pens