Backpacks for Pine Ridge
Providing school supplies to the Lakota Sioux children on Pine Ridge Reservation
About Us
The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota has been the poorest place in America with a median income of just $3500.00 a year.  The school drop out rate is soaring at an estimated 70% and the schools on the Reservation fall into the bottom 10% of funding. 

Since 2004 we have been delivering new backpacks filled with school supplies to one village on the Reservation.  In 2008 we expanded our efforts to provide backpacks and school supplies to the children in three villages.  In July of 2011 we  delivered 829 backpacks to chidren in three villages.  Our long-range goal is to be able to give every child on the Reservation a new backpack and school supplies each year. 

Giving a child on the Reservation school supplies not only provides them with much needed equipment for school but it gives them hope for a future. 

We are a non-profit fund through The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty.  We are run by a team of volunteers.  Every cent donated goes directly to providing backpacks and school supplies to the children on Pine Ridge Reservation. 

School Supply List

We really prefer monetary donations because we can purchase the backpacks and school supplies at a lower price through a distributor where we can get more for the money, but we are not picky - we wil be happy to accept donations of school supplies as well.  We do ask that if you purchase supplies that you please only purchase items on this list so we can give each child the same set of supplies.     

  • New backpacks in solid or neutral colors that can be used for either a boy or a girl (no character backpacks please)
  • Single subject notebooks
  • Bic or PaperMate stick pens (blue or black ink)
  • Pencils
  • 12 inch rulers (wood or plastic)
  • 24 pack crayons
  • School glue (no glue sticks - they melt in transport)
  • 2-pocket folders
  • Erasers (the big pink ones)


Here is a great way to help us raise funds to purchase school supplies
and get a cool t-shirt! 

Until Sept. 12, 2013 you can click here to order this shirt.
Half of the proceeds from each sale will go to
Backpacks For Pine Ridge!

Be sure to share this with your friends too
so we can help more children get the school supplies they need!

To make a tax deductible donation, make checks out to:

Backpacks For Pine Ridge Fund
c/o The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty Township
5641 Union Centre Dr.
West Chester, OH 45069

Or Donate online by clicking on the link below and putting "Backpacks For Pine Ridge" in the form where it asks for name of fund.

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty Township


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