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Back to School in Houston! Events, Supply Drives & More!

  • July 30, 2021
  • | 1:01 AM

School starts in just a few short weeks, Houston! It’s hard to believe summer break is almost over and it’s time to hit the books once more. The Stuff to Do in Houston team wants to share some of our favorite resources and events to prepare you and your kiddos for a great school year!

We know it’s been a while since school has been normal, and we are excited for those new little kinder kids all the way to graduating seniors to rock this school year!  Let’s take a look at all the must-knows for back to school in Houston.

Back To School Events in Houston

Have a little fun before you or the kids head back to classes!  There are some great events happening in Houston that range from summer fun to school supply giveaways. Grab the kiddos hit the town! To check out all of the great back-to-school events click here!

Here are a few of our favorites!

School Supply Drives & Lists

It’s not back to school without new school supplies!  There’s nothing better than a brand new pack of crayons or markers to start the year off right.  Each school and teacher will have different lists of required supplies, and you can find many Houston School Supply lists here! Just click on your school, and look for your child’s teacher.  If your list isn’t available just yet, you can sign up for notifications when it’s ready.  Don’t forget that Tax-Free Weekend is August 6–8! Here is a list of qualifying school supplies!


If you’re searching for School Supply Drives in Houston to Donate or receive supplies there are many places around Houston. There are also volunteer opportunities if you’d like to help out the community with these drives.

Here are some great places to Donate School Supplies in Houston:

  • School Supplies for Success – Star of Hope
    • Taking supplies until August 7th
    • Star of Hope Mission-Women and Family Development Center
      Children and Youth Ministry | 2575 Reed Road Houston, Texas 77051
  • Catholic Charities
    • Central Office | 2900 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77006
      MON–FRI | 8AM–4PM
    • Guadalupe Center | 326 S. Jensen Drive, Houston, TX 77003
      MON & WED | 9AM–3PM
    • Beacon of Hope Center | 4700 Broadway, Suite F-103, Galveston, TX 77551
      MON & WED | 9AM–2PM
    • Mamie George Community Center | 1111 Collins Road, Richmond, TX 77469
      MON, WED & THUR | 9AM–3PM
  • BEAR
  • YMCA Operation Backpack


  • BEAR
    • NOW–AUG 09 | Packing Backpacks with Supplies & Delivery Prep
    • AUG 10–12 | Distributing Backpacks & Supplies

How to Recieve Clothing and School Supply Donations:

  • Your Child’s School District
  • Bellaire United Methodist Church and Christian Community Service Center | 4417 Bellaire Blvd. in Bellaire, TX 77401
  • Northwest Assistance Ministries | 15555 Kuykendahl Road
  • CARE Ministry
  • Houston Salvation Army
  • For more information check Need Help Paying Bills, they are a great resource for those in need.

Back to School Shopping

Be sure to show up for the first day of school with a cute new fit!  Tax-Free Weekend is August 6–8, so this is the perfect time to grab some new clothes for the school year at a discounted price.  Here is a list of clothing and services that fall under Tax-Free Weekend.  Not only can you get new shoes and clothes tax-free but things like some sports gear, and masks, too.

If possible shop local! We have so many great local shops in Houston that would love to have you shop with them!  Here are a few of our favorites in The Heights and The Woodlands!  If your child’s school requires uniforms, you can find those here.

Back to School in Houston

We hope you found our guide to Back to School in Houston helpful!  Check out our City Guide for a ton of great content featuring spots and events in and around  Houston.  Find the best restaurants, shopping, happy hours, and so much more.

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Curated by

Whitney Ellis

Whitney Ellis

Hey yall, I'm Whitney and I'm so glad you're here! 🦋 I can't wait to show you all of the BEST Stuff to Do, IRL! ✨