Back To School

Back To School


Many of our educators are under resourced and spend much of their own money on needed school supplies which aid them in their efforts of impacting the students they teach. Are you able and willing to help us help our educators? If so, please leave any of the items from the list below at the School Supply Table in the Main Lobby over the next few weekends. 

But First…Are you an Educator?

Click here if you are or have been a Teacher/Educator at any point please take a moment to fill out this short survey so that we can keep you updated on emails, drawings and other support materials to make this year great. 

Greatest Needs Our Teachers Are Asking For:

#2 pencils
Notebook paper (wide ruled)
24 count crayons
$10 or $20 gift cards to Knowledge Tree, Office Depot, Walmart and Target
Crayola markers (primary colors)
Dry erase markers
Copy paper 
Scotch tape
Frog tape
Glue sticks
Clorox wipes
Index cards
Spiral notebooks
Construction paper
Fun stickers to reward students

*If you find other items that are on sale—or on your child's school supply list—please bring them along too

Back-To-School Drive 

Back to school time is here and you can help kids in need right here in Memphis! Simply choose one of the supply lists below and fill a backpack with the contents. Every little bit helps a child get a fresh and positive start to the new school year. Backpacks can be dropped off at Hope on the weekends before and after services or at the Church Office during business hours during the week. Please have all backpack donations dropped off at Hope no later than July 30. We appreciate all that you do to support our Urban Ministry outreach efforts. Your contribution to our Back to School Drive is just one more way you are helping to share Hope, Everywhere! 

If you are interested in volunteering with our Back to School drive, click here.

For questions and more information, please contact

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Backpack (No rolling backpacks please)
1 box of crayons (no more than 24 count)
24 - #2 pencils
2 glue sticks
1 bottle of Elmer's glue
2 spiral composition notebooks
1 pair scissors Fiskar blunt tip
1 box of Kleenex tissue
2 pink erasers
6 two-pocket folders (assortment of prongs and no prongs)
1 box of washable markers
2 soft vinyl 1-inch 3-ring binders
1 pkg. wide-ruled notebook paper
2 writing tablets (K–2nd grade)
1 bottle antibacterial hand sanitizer

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade

24 - #2 pencils (wood only)
2 glue sticks
1 box of colored pencils
1 pair of scissors Fiskar
1 box crayons (24 count)
Ink pens (blue, black and red)
1 pkg washable markers
3 spiral notebooks
2 pkgs notebook paper (wide rule)
8 folders with pockets and brads (assorted colors)
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
2 composition books
1 box of Kleenex tissues
1 bottle antibacterial hand sanitizer
1 box Zip Loc bags (gallon or quart size)

6th, 7th and 8th Grade

24 - #2 pencils (wood only)
1 pair of scissors Fiskar sharp tip
6 spiral notebooks 1 subject wide rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 bottle of glue and 2 glue sticks
1 box of colored pencils 24 count
1 protractor
2 red ink pens
1 pkg of blue or black ink pens
1 pkg colored markers
2 pkgs notebook paper wide rule
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
1 Steno pad
1 three-ring binder (2")
2 pkgs dividers
1 package of index cards

9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Grades

Draw String Backpack or Regular Backpack
24 - #2 pencils (wood only)
6 spiral notebooks 1 subject college rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 box colored pencils 24 count
2 highlighters (yellow)
1 Protractor
1 pkg red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 pkg colored markers
2 pkgs notebook paper college rule
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
1 Steno pad
1 three-ring binder (2”)
2 pkgs dividers

Making a Deeper Impact in North Memphis…

You have the opportunity to make a difference in our inner city youth by being a positive role model and by getting involved in one of the various opportunities provided through Oasis of Hope. Join our team and work alongside us in North Memphis for an hour a month or more. A little time investment from a caring adult makes more of an impact that you may ever realize.

Ways to serve with Oasis of Hope:

Children’s Opportunities
- In-School Tutoring/Homework Help – Spend time assisting students with their studies at various times and locations throughout the week

- Read2Succeed (R2S) – While reading is our main focus, we also share Bible stories and verses, go on field trips, and most importantly develop relationships between students and coaches. Read with our elementary students on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6pm.

Youth Opportunities
- Teen Bible Studies - Get involved with our middle and high school youth weekly as we grow friendships, provide support and encouragement, and offer spiritual guidance through Bible studies tailored specifically for teens.
- Pathfinders (Middle School) meets on Tuesdays from 5:30-7pm
- Life Builders (High School) meets on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm

- Warrior Princesses - Help us empower and teach middle school girls life skills such as cooking and self defense, spiritual development and Biblical principles, and how to live successfully in an urban environment. We meet on various Saturday mornings throughout the year.

More Information:
Kathleen McDonald (
Martell Hixson (
Jasmine Martin (

Thank you!