Downtown Overland Park Partnership to host school supply drives as part of giveback event series

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Northeast Johnson County mayors talked about the highs and lows of 2020 during the NEJC Chamber luncheon last month. While COVID-19 and racial unrest were among the main topics discussed, leaders also previewed upcoming city developments and initiatives like the wayfinding project for Downtown Overland Park (pictured above in a file photo).

The Downtown Overland Park Partnership on Wednesday announced it was hosting three school supply drives as part of its “Giveback DOPportunities” series.

The giveback event series began with food, recycling and blood drives among community partners in July. Business owners have since extended the event into August with school supply drives. As a partnership with Resurrection Overland Park, the first school supply drive on Aug. 6 will support Apache Elementary.

Those interested can drop school supplies off at the Downtown Overland Park Clock Tower Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6. Although all school supplies are welcome, Apache Elementary students are in need of the following:

  • Headphones to use with a school-issued iPad or Chromebook
  • Backpacks without wheels
  • Glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Disinfecting wipes

A second school supply drive will be held on Aug. 13, at the Clock Tower Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in support of Overland Park Elementary. Overland Park Elementary students need colored pencils, watercolors, glue bottles and sticks, crayons and clorox wipes.

A final school supply drive on Aug. 27, at the same place and time, will support the Growing Futures Early Education Center. Students at the early education center need the following items:

  • Elmer’s glue or glue sticks
  • Washable markers
  • Paper
  • Watercolor paint sets
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Colored chalk
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Face and toilet tissue
  • Liquid hand and dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Children’s toothbrushes
  • Band-Aids
  • Disinfecting wipes

Those who participate in the school supply drives can receive various specials at retailers and restaurants during the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. timeframe on the day of the drive. A full list of specials can be found online here, including 15% off a food purchase at Buffalo State Pizza Co. and $5 for a smoothie at Evolve Juicery and Kitchen.

Additionally, all Giveback DOPportunities will adhere to COVID-19 safety measures including the mask mandate and social distancing.