Minnesota State University Moorhead is proud to join many Fargo-Moorhead organizations in the support of the 18th Annual School Supply Drive, sponsored by the United Way of Cass-Clay.

The School Supply Drive is an annual project that creates lasting change in the community by providing new a new backpack and a basic set of school supplies to children in Cass and Clay counties.  Last year, 5,260 local students grades K-12 were equipped with a backpacks and set of school supplies. More than 500 volunteers donated a tremendous amount of supplies and time to help students in the community be confident and prepared for school.

The MSUM school supply drive will run from Tuesday, July 12 through Friday, July 29 at 12 p.m. 

This year the goal is to equip over 50 percent, or 5,300 students, with the tools they need to go back to school and be ready to succeed. You can help to reach this goal by participating in the following ways:



Items can be dropped off in the red barrels located outside of the Office of Human Resources – OWENS 214. 

Below is a list of items needed:

  • New Backpacks (no wheels)*
  • Sharpies
  • Loose Leaf Paper (Wide or College Ruled)*
  • Composition Notebook (Wide or College Ruled)*
  • Pencil Pouches*
  • 1” 3-Ring Binders*
  • Notebooks (Wide or College Ruled)*
  • Pointed & Blunt-tip Scissors*
  • Rulers – Clear, Plastic or Wooden*
  • Glue Bottles & Glue Sticks*
  • Highlighter*
  • Pencils*
  • Blue/Black Pens*
  • 12 Ct Colored Pencils*
  • 24 Ct Box Crayons*
  • 2 Pocket Folders*
  • Red Pens
  • Dry Erase Markers*
  • Erasers*
  • Markers*

*Denotes supplies that are most needed

Please see the attached supply list by grade for a complete listing of items needed by grade level.



Monetary donations can be made online at https://unitedwayofcassclay.formstack.com/forms/givetounitedway, mailed to UWCC PO Box 1609, Fargo, ND 58107, or dropped off at United Way of Cass-Clay at 219 7th Street South, Fargo.



If you are interested in giving time, volunteers are needed July 26 – Aug. 9 to help pack backpacks and distribute to students. Registration will open online at www.unitedwaycassclay.org on July 12 at noon. Shifts run 9-11 a.m., 11:30-1:30 p.m., and 2-4 p.m. and accommodate 10-20 volunteers.

For more information regarding the 2016 School Supply Drive, please contact Kelly Rotar at krotar@unitedwaycassclay.org or at 701.237.5050. You can also visit the United Way of Cass-Clay website at www.unitedwaycassclay.org.

If you have any questions regarding the MSUM school supply drive, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 477-2157.