Project Back to School


The goal of this project is to provide children of the district with necessary back to school items. This will help ensure the children of families who cannot afford these items will have a positive start to their school year.


Project Coordinators:  

Leslie Collins (717)795-7372, 

Lora Bueno, (717) 919-1485, 

Back to School Donations

Thanks to the generous donations from our community this summer, OW was able to provide the schools with 80 backpacks prefilled with back to school items along with extra supplies to elementary schools.  Special thanks go out to Da Wah in Action, Hops and Barleys, CSL Plasma and Zimmerman Plumbing Heating as well as the congregants from Shepherdstown United Methodist Church, Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church and Immanuel Church for their overwhelming support of our back to school drive


OW is still collecting the following back to school items for the school year.  


What Items are Needed?

3” binders





Colored markers, thick

Colored markers, thin

Dry erase markers


Pencil sharpeners 


Books (new or gently used): All school ages


Personal Items (new):

Brushes, Combs, Conditioner, Deodorant, Hand Sanitizers, Razors, Shampoo, Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Underwear


Calculators (new or gently used)

Texas Instrument 34 & 83 models


Gift cards to Giant, Wal-Mart & Target can also be donated. Gift cards can be mailed to or dropped off at the district office c/o “Operation Wildcat” MASD,

600 South Norway Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


Where Can I Donate Items?

Any school district building.  If you have a large donation, please make contact one of the project chairs or leave at MMS.


Need Assistance?

If you have a child in MASD, and need help with back to school items, etc., please contact your child’s school counselor or nurse. All requests are kept confidential.



Donation of Items

Back to School and Personal Hygiene Items

  •    We can only accept NEW back to school items and personal hygiene items.  Any used items will be thrown out.
    ·        Exception: we can take used calculators
    ·        These items can be left in the Operation Wildcat bins at any time.
    · If you have a large donation of back to school items, please contact the project chairs (Leslie Collins, 717-795-7372, in advance to arrange for delivery. We will also be able to provide you with a donation receipt if you contact us in advance and provide us with the list of donated items. 
    ·        While we appreciate all donations, the items that we need are listed on the website.  If the item is not listed, that means we either have a large quantity of those items or don’t need those items.  If you have questions about whether we need an item, please contact Leslie.


Computer Donations·        

  • Computers, etc. can be donated directly to Computer Ministry.  Please do not leave these items at the schools, or any of the other donation locations for us to bring them to Computer Ministry·       

  • Computer Ministry is a nonprofit organization that collects computers, refurbishes them and then donates the equipment to other nonprofit organizations, school groups, etc. They are located in Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg PA 17055, 717-766-6373, and are open Monday Wednesday Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Special weekend recycling will take place from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the second Saturday of the month in February, May, August, and November.·

  • CMI will only accept monitors that are 17” in size, operational, and without any screen burn.  If you wish to donate any other monitors, CMI will be forced to charge $20.00 per monitor that does not meet this criteria.        

  • CMI will continue to accept working laser printers and plotters.  CMI will accept ink jet printers, scanners, FAX machines, and gaming peripherals for disposal only.


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