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According to a recent study, the average family spends $500 on back-to-school costs including supplies, clothing, shoes and backpacks.

For a family already struggling financially, the expense of adequately preparing children for the start of the school year can be a heavy burden. Making sure that all students have the tools to learn on day one sets the tone for the entire year.

United Way of Martin County, Publix Super Markets and a collaborative of community partners, is working toward a long-term goal of providing school supplies for all Martin County elementary and middle-school students available at their school at no cost.

To determine the feasibility of this initiative a pilot program is being conducted for the 2019-2020 school year focusing the following schools:
  • 5 Supplemental Supply Schools: JD Parker, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound, Warfield, Seawind
  • 2 Full Supply Schools: Pinewood Elementary, Willoughby Learning Center
Supplemental schools will receive the following supplies from the Publix Tools for Back to School drive.
  • College Ruled Paper
  • Poly folders with pocket and tangs
  • Black Pens
  • Wide Ruled Paper
  • Yellow # 2 pencils
  • Wire Bound Notebooks (wide ruled)
  • Crayons (24 ct) • Color Pencils- 12 Ct
  • Crayola Washable Markers-8ct
  • Elmers Glue Bottles
  • Kids Safety 5” scissors

Pinewood Elementary School and Willoughby Learning Center will receive 100% of the school supplies they need for the 2019/2020 school year. Parents will only need to provide students with a backpack without wheels.


For more information, contact Rachel Terlizzi.