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The City of Charleston’s annual school supply drive kicked off with drop-off locations in West Ashley, James Island, North Charleston, Daniel Island and downtown. Find exact drop-off locations below.

Each year, the city puts out a call for supplies to ensure that incoming students will have everything they need before schools open in the fall.

Residents can donate any school-related supplies, but the most requested items include:

  • Crayons
  • Composition books
  • Two-pocket folders
  • Pencils
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Index cards
  • Scissors
  • Erasers
  • Small tissue packets

Donations will be accepted through Tues., Aug. 3 and will be distributed to students as pre-packed backpacks filled with essential supplies during the city’s 17th annual First Day Festival on Sun., Aug. 8.

This year’s festival will take place at the Charleston Gaillard Center and South Carolina Aquarium from 1-4 p.m. With exhibitors in attendance to share information on school resources and services as well as activities like free admission to the aquarium and a kids zone, the First Day Festival is a fun and educational way to kick off the school year. Lowcountry Food Bank will also be at the event to distribute free food.

School supply drive drop-off locations:


Arthur Christopher Community Center
265 Fishburne St.
St. Julian Devine Community Center
1 Cooper St.
Charleston Gaillard Center
75 Calhoun St.
City of Charleston Parks and Recreation Offices
823 Meeting St.

West Ashley/James Island

Bees Landing Recreation Center
1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd.
Hindu Temple of Charleston
1740 Jervey Ave.
James Island Recreation Center
1088 Quail Drive

Daniel Island/North Charleston

Daniel Island Recreation Center
160 Fairbanks Drive
Charleston County Public Service Building
4045 Bridge View Drive

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