Annual CFAWL & OCBA YLS Backpack Project

Please help the children of WASHINGTON SHORES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL have a successful 2019 – 2020 year of learning!

There are three ways you can help:

1) SPONSOR A CHILD: Each $20.00 donation you make will buy a child a backpack full of school supplies valued at approximately $50.00. Click here to donate via PayPal!

2) DONATE SUPPLIES that are not included in the backpack kits. The top five essentials on the Teacher’s Wish List are #2 Pencils, 8- or 10- Count Markers, Loose Leaf Paper, 24-Count of Crayons, and Dry Erase Markers. These essentials are typically paid for by the teachers out of pocket and are always in need. Other school supplies needed include: packs of blue, black & red pens; colored pencils; index cards; construction paper; folders with pockets with and without prongs; 1 & 2 inch binders; subject dividers; protractors; bottles of hand soap & hand sanitizer; boxes of wipes & tissues; cotton balls; pencil boxes & pouches; highlighters and drawing boards. Supplies can be dropped off at the OCBA office.

3) COME TO THE HAPPY HOUR on Thursday, August 1st – Bitters & Bottles Cocktail Lounge 861 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You can purchase tickets here.


For every $1 raised $10 of school supplies can be provided to those in need.  A Gift For Teaching serves 338 public schools. There are more than 210,000 kids whose families live at or below the poverty line. But the most shocking number is that 13,000 of those students are homeless. More than 65% of the students in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties come from families that can’t afford lunch, let alone school supplies.

Please contact the project co-chairs Stephanie Alvarez (, Vanessa Braga (, or Amanda Sampaio Bova (