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Back to School Drive

Each year, Laboratory employees donate school supplies and backpacks for Northern New Mexico students as they start the new school year.

July 19, 2018
Back pack with school supplies and shoes


  • Giving Drives
  • Selena Valencia
  • Community Partnerships Office
  • 505-606-GIVE
  • Email
"The aim is to help children show up on the first day with the supplies they need to start the school year right."

Your 2018 donation helps students get the school shoes and supplies they need!

It might seem like summer is only just getting underway, but the new school year is not too far away, and the Laboratory—with help from its employees and the community—is sponsoring a Back to School Drive to help local students succeed.

“Last year we collected 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies,” says drive organizer Selena Valencia. “We're aiming to help as many children again this year.”

Through August 7, area residents are encouraged to join with Lab employees to donate a backpack. To make contributions go further, take advantage of New Mexico’s tax-free weekend on August 3–5.

While all appropriate donations will be gratefully received, an ideal donation is a backpack filled with the following school supplies:

  • 1 pack No. 2 pencils (24 pack)
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 highlighter
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1 ruler
  • 1 pencil box or bag
  • 1 3-ring 1.5 inch OR 1 inch binder
  • 1 pack of loose leaf paper
  • 3 70-page notebooks
  • 5 plain pocket folders with fasteners

Backpacks and supplies can be dropped off at the Lab’s Community Partnerships Office (CPO) at 1619 Central Avenue, Los Alamos (and sites around the Laboratory).

The CPO is working with 12 school districts and the Bureau of Indian Education schools in Northern New Mexico to make sure the backpacks and supplies go to the children that need them most.

“The aim is to help children show up on the first day with the supplies they need to start the school year right,” Valencia says.

No time to Shop?

Lab employees can use The Giving Tool online to make a monetary donation that will be used to buy supplies/ 


Community Partnerships Office: give@lanl.gov Tel: 665-4400