School kits are MCC's most-requested item. Notebooks and pencils become treasures to families who struggle to afford basic school supplies. School kits are also given to refugee and displaced children, helping students and teachers add some normalcy to disrupted lives. They are frequently requested after natural disasters. MCC sends school kits to places including Iraq, Nicaragua, North Korea and to poorly funded schools in Canada and the United States.
- 4 spiral or perforated notebooks of 70 sheets
- 8 unsharpened pencils
- 1 ruler (flat, flexible plastic; indicating both 12in and 30cm )
- 12 colored pencils (in packaging)
- 1 large pencil eraser
School kits are distributed in a useful double drawstring cloth bag (11in x 16in / 28cm x 40.6cm). Request bags from Material Resouce Center of Harleysville, or donate contents that we will place in a bag. Instructions for making bags are available here.
Drop off completed school kits at Material Resouce Center of Harleysville.
Notebook instructions: 70-80 sheets U.S./140-160 pages Canada
What's the difference between sheets and pages? In the U.S., notebook size is usually listed in sheets, which are actual sheets of paper. In Canada, notebook size is listed in pages, numbered like a book, with 2 pages per sheet of paper. A notebook numbered by pages needs to be double the number of a notebook numbered by sheets, so that the notebooks are a similar size.