How We Use Funds

School Supply Drive

school-supply-driveThe Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation wants to make sure that every student has the tools they need to be successful in the classroom, and that includes basic school supplies.

In 2012, Karen Johnston from All About Automotive, saw a need to provide school supplies to every school in the District. Karen secured donations and with some strategic purchasing, she was able to deliver schools supplies to students in need.

Karen’s vision has grown to include a school supply warehouse at West Gresham Elementary where donations are stored until they are distributed to every school. At the beginning of the school year, volunteers stuff large bins with pencils, crayons, paper, and backpacks and our wonderful Facilities staff makes sure they get into every school.  During the school year, school staff can request that a backpack, stuffed with supplies, be delivered to a student who joins our district or a student who just needs a new backpack.

New for 2017 – First Student’s Operation Backpack!

First Student safely delivers our students to school and back home at the end of each school day.  Recently several bus drivers noticed some students needed a way to transport their stuff as well and Operation Backpack was born.  Beginning in July of 2017, First Student placed a bus in front of Office Depot and throughout our community to collect new backpacks and school supplies.  The supplies are warehoused at First Student and anytime a driver identifies a student who needs a new backpack – they have them ready to give.  Thank you First Student for stepping up to make sure every student is transported safely with the supplies they need.


 Thank you to our 2017 Donation Sites:

  • All About Automotive
  • Burns Feed Store
  • Riverview Community Bank (Gresham Branch)
  • Gresham Family Chiropractic
  • Cascade Athletic Clubs (Both Gresham locations)
  • Gresham Ford
  • Origins Coffee, Tea and Desserts
  • US Bank (Powell Blvd. Branch)
  • US West Taekwondo
  • Clackamas County Bank (Gresham location)

If you would like to make a monetary donation please send a check to GBEF at:
PO Box 3406
Gresham, OR 97030
attn: School Supply Drive

Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.