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Cincinnati Back-to-School Giveaways will help your kids be prepared for the first day.


Is your child ready to go back to school? Are you sure that you have the school supplies you need? School supply lists, such as pens, notebooks, rulers, backpacks, calculators, and art supplies, can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. Multiple organizations offer back-to-school supply giveaways. Don’t stress; knock out the back-to-school items on your supply list!

Cincinnati back-to-school giveaways all over the Greater Cincinnati Area can provide free school supplies to your family. Most kids’ first day of the school calendar is less than a month away. While students are still scrambling to finish their summer reading, parents are looking for inexpensive school supplies that will last throughout the school year.


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Back-to-school shopping can be stressful and expensive for parents. Check out this list of Cincinnati back-to-school giveaways to keep a balanced bank account and budget. Grab your child’s school supplies list and use these organizations.



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Giveaways for Free Back to School Supplies

This article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the event is still scheduled before acting. Some events are for specific ages, groups, or school districts, and some require an RSVP. Make sure to contact the event organizer with any questions. 


Whether your child attends a community or a private school, school supplies are essential. Get free supplies for your child entering kindergarten or 7th grade and starting middle school. Check with your school board and superintendent to see if there are any more resources for your child. Board meetings can be a great resource throughout your child’s education. 



Exposure Back to School

August 12
Girls between the ages of 13 and 17 can be nominated to receive back to school supplies, clothing, manicure, pedicure, and hairstyle by a certified cosmetologist. Hairstyle options are box braids, crochet, protective styles, and so on of their choice. Students will be connected with a mentor and attend a brunch. All nominations can be sent to [email protected]


2023 Back to School Drive Thru

Woodward High School
7005 Reading Road, 45237 (Bond Hill)
August 12
Noon to 3 p.m. 
Urban 1 Cincy and The Law Office Blake Maislin present the 2023 Back to School Drive Thru giving away 1,000 backpacks. Please enter on Seymour Avenue. 


Misery Loves Company Brand Back 2 School Drive

Across the Street from the Misery Loves Company store
7511 Reading Road, 45237 (Roselawn)
August 12
Noon to 6 p.m.
Attendees can enjoy free bookbags and school supplies while supplies last. There will also be food, bouncy houses, games, vendors, and more! 


Greater Faith Ministries Community Day

Greater Faith Ministries
6834 Parrish Avenue, 45239 (North College Hill)
August 12
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Attendees can enjoy free book bags, school supplies, toiletries such as soap, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and much more. There will be grilled food, basketball, a bounce house, and water games for all!



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McKie Community Center
1655 Chase Avenue, 45223 (Northside)
August 12
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Get prepared and excited for the new school year with Guiding Light Mentoring! There will be free school supplies as well as hair braiding and haircuts. There will be games, music, food, and giveaways!


Back 2 School Supply Drive 

Hanna Playground
226 Stark Street, 45214 (OTR)
August 12
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The first 50 kids receive a bookbag and supplies—free haircuts for the entire event. 

Phillips Event Center
1364 Spring Lawn Avenue, 45223 (Northside)
August 13
Free school uniforms size 4 through 16. There will be bouncy houses, food box giveaways, and more. Check your school’s handbook for specifications about uniforms. 

School supplies range from notebooks, pencils, and erasers to instructional tools like graphing calculators and art materials like washable markers. While there are back-to-school sales, school supply lists have gotten long. Help is available, and organizations are willing to provide school supplies. Knock out that school supply list and take advantage of these giveaways. Whether it’s a pencil pouch, a binder, or a protractor, school supplies are accessible for all. 
Need more specific items such as composition books, notebooks, ring binders, pocket folders, pencil sharpeners, and dividers? Need classroom items such as dry-erase markers, construction paper, staples, colored pencils, college-ruled paper, wipes, and hand sanitizer? Make sure to shop during Ohio’s sales tax weekend. Avoid sales tax on supplies such as mechanical pencils, staplers, flash drives, ballpoint pens, scientific calculators, graph paper, and more. Save on popular brands such as Sharpie and Crayola. Enjoy no sales tax on supplies for school and take care of that school list. 

Do you know of a free back-to-school supplies giveaway event that we missed? Please comment with the following information:

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Written by: Crystal Kendrick


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  1. The event in sawyer point on the 13th/14th did not happen this year. We went to get help with school supplies buy no one was there, nothing was set up.

    Saturday, August 13, 2022
    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

    The Sanctuary Covenant Christian Fellowship
    117 Park Avenue
    Hamilton, OH 45013
    Backpacks filled with school supplies for children grades K-12. Children must accompany their parents. First come, first served, and backpacks will be given away until they are gone.

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