Resources for Back to School


As a kid, I remember walking into stores and being mesmerized by the back to school supplies. 


Aisles full of backpacks with cartoon characters on them. Shelves stacked with classic number two pencils. Folders, binders, glue sticks, crayons, lunch boxes, and water bottles everywhere. 


I couldn’t wait to load up our shopping cart with new gear!


It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the year again. Whether you need to get supplies for your own kiddos or simply want to help someone else, here is a list of resources we thought you could use:


Get Your School Supplies Checklist


There’s a lot to remember! Find everything you need with the Saint Joseph School District supplies checklist and the Savannah School District supplies checklist.


Take Advantage of Sales Tax Holiday


Save some money by making purchases during this year’s Sales Tax Holiday. According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, this year in Missouri, the Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 6, and runs through Sunday, August 8.” 


You don’t have to be a student to participate! So now might be a good time to upgrade your computer. 


“Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the statute, are exempt from sales tax for this time period only.”


Find out more at the Missouri Department of Revenue website.


Donate School Supplies


If you’re looking for a way to give back to the Saint Joseph community, United Way Stuff the Bus is a great way to help! You can volunteer or donate supplies. 


See what supplies are needed here, then drop them off at South Belt Walmart (3022 South Belt Hwy) on August 6th and 7th


United Way can also pick up your donation. Just call 816.364.2381.


Visit the Stuff the Bus webpage to learn more. 


Receive Needed School Supplies or Shoes


If you need school supplies, you can call the Salvation Army at 816.232.5824. If you are in need of shoes, call NWMO Community Services at 816.364.1131.


Good Luck, Students!


Going back to school is one of those events that happens every year for every family. We honestly care about those moments because we value the relationships we have with the people we work with—like you!


We hope you found these resources helpful. Good luck to all the kids in our communities going back to school!