Athens County 2-1-1 2019 Back to School Resource Guide

          Link to: PDF of School Resource Guide on 2-1-1 Webpage

School Start Days for Students

School District 2019-2020 Student Start Date School Web Site
Alexander Local Schools Thu, August 22, 2019
Athens City Schools Thu, August 22, 2019
Federal Hocking Local Schools Wed, August 21, 2019
Nelsonville-York City Schools Mon, August 19, 2019
Trimble Local Schools Wed, August 14, 2019


Ohio Tax Holiday on School Supplies

Beginning in 2019, Sub. S.B. 226 provides for a permanent sales tax holiday in Ohio to occur on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of August each year. For 2019, the sales tax holiday will begin Friday, August 2, 2019 at 12 am and end Sunday,August 4, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Items that are exempt from sales and use tax include clothing priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less, and school instructional material priced at $20 per item or less. Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday. For more information, call 800-304-3211 (TTY: 800-750-0750) or visit



Athens County Children Services “Back to School” Events

Athens County Children Services provides back to school parties/events for children enrolled in local schools. These fun and helpful events feature food, games, and school supply giveaways for school-age children in their respective districts. Contact Children Services at 740-592-3061 for additional details. The Back to School Events are sponsored by the School Outreach Program and partnering agencies. Locations and dates for the events are as follows:

Alexander Back to School Event
Date: TBA

Location: TBA

Nelsonville-York Back to School Event

Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Athens City School District Back to School Event
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Trimble Back to School Event
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Federal Hocking Back to School Event
Date: TBA

Time: TBA
Location: TBA




School Supply and Clothing Giveaways

AFSCME Local 1252
Date/Time: 7/27/2019 10 am until supplies run out
Location: parking lot of Cornwell Center, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Athens
Description: Free school supply giveaway to local school children who need help affording new school supplies.
Friends and Neighbors Community Center
Backpack and School Supply Giveaway

Date/Time: Tue,Wed, Fri 09/13-16/2019 10 am – 4 pm 
Location: 24576 Parkersburg Road, Coolville, OH
Description: Provides free backpacks and school supplies to students in Federal Hocking and Eastern Local School Districts. Clothing is also available for people in need.
For more information: 740-667-0684
Eligibility: Students of Federal Hocking and Eastern Local School Districts
Airline Church of Christ – Operation Backpack
Location: 4477 Route 681, Albany
Description: Families in need may call to register for free school supply giveaway.
For more information: 740-698-7041
The Loft Hair & Spa Salon Back to School Hair Cuts
Date/Time: TBA 
Location: 101 South Shafer St, Athens
Description: Free kids hair cuts K-12. Come with fresh washed hair. 
For more information: Call 740-447-5053 or visit

Athens County Back to School Bash (BTSB)
Date: Thu, August 1, 2019 3 pm-7 pm 
Location: The Market on State, 1002 E State St, Athens

Description: Athens County *children, grades pre-K through 12 who have completed the BTSB application will receive a free backpack basic basic school supplies & pre-selected items. (*Limited supplies available for those that did not complete a BTSB application by May 15, 2019). Also available: community resource information, health information, free haircuts, free food and more.
For more information: Visit or .

Nelsonville Wesleyan Church Christmas in July Giveaway
Date/Time: Sat, July 13 at 10 am – 2 pm
Location: 600 Chestnut Street, Nelsonville, OH
Description: Free clothing, school supply, and personal grooming supply giveaway.
For more information: 740-753-1307

Athens County Children Services – Lace Up For Kids
Date: Apply by July 16, 2019 Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm 

Description: Contact the assigned Athens County Children Services caseworker or school outreach worker to apply for tennis shoes for children ages 5-14. Shoes available in August for qualifying children.
For more information: Call 740-592-3061.



Volunteer Opportunities

Athens County Children Services
Description: People interested in volunteering for Athens County Children Services events such as the Back to School events, Foster Parent Training child care, and Kids’ Day at the Athens County Fair.

For more information: Call Katherine Marshall at 740-592-3061 extension 312.


Donation Opportunities

Airline Church of Christ
Description: Accepts new backpacks, school supplies, or money for purchasing school supplies and backpacks.
Drop-Off Locations: Call Minister Willard Love at 740-698-7041 for more information.
Unified Bank Amesville
Date/Time: MTuW 8:30am-3pm; Th 8:30am-Noon;
F 8:30am-4pm
Location: 25 State Street, Amesville, OH
Description: School supply donations accepted from mid July until school starts. For information: 740-448-2212
Athens County Children Services
Description: Athens County Children Services accepts donations of new school supplies or money to buy school supplies. Some supply lists are available on school websites. 
Drop-Off Locations: Call 740-592-3061 for information.
Unified Bank Glouster 
Date/Time: MTuWF 8:30am-4:30pm; ThSa 8:30am-Noon
Location: 88 High Street, Glouster, OH
Description: School supply donations accepted mid July until school starts. For information: 740-767-3121
Friends and Neighbors Community Center (Coolville)
Description: Accepts backpack and school supply donations as well as clothing donations and money.
Drop-Off Locations: Call 740-667-0684 for information.
Unified Bank Nelsonville 
Date/Time: M-F 8:30am-5:00 pm; Sa 8:30am-Noon
Location: 873 Chestnut Street, Nelsonville, OH
Description: School supply donations accepted mid July until school starts. For information: 740-753-4313
Hopewell Health Centers (REACH Program)
Description: Accepts school supply donations and other items for area youth who are part of the REACH program through Hopewell Health Centers, Inc.
Drop-Off Locations: To arrange donations 740-753-9656
Wendys Restaurants
Date/Time: Through July 31, 2019 during open hours
Locations: Boxes in Wendys on East State Street or Richland Avenue in Athens
Description: Accepts new tennis shoes for Lace Up For Kids Program with Athens County Children Services.
For more information: Visit an area Wendys Restaurant



Additional Resources – Thrift Stores

Thrift stores sell secondhand and donated goods at a reduced price. School supplies, backpacks, and clothing may be available at the following locations (stock changes frequently). Call ahead for more information or to ask about current stock.

Athens ReUse Thrift Store
Address: 751 West Union Street, Athens, OH as of 7/8/2019

Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 am – 6 pm
For more information: 740-594-5103
Little Blessings Thrift Store (Faith Believers Ministry)
Address: 8070 State Route 356, New Marshfield,OH
Hours: Mon 9 am – 2 pm & Thu 9 am-12 noon
For more information: 740-664-3508
Federal Valley Resource Center
Address: 8225 State Route 329, Stewart, OH 

Hours: Thu-Sat 10 am – 3 pm; call to verify open 
For more information: 740-662-5605
New to You Shoppe
Address: 90 Columbus Road, Athens, OH 
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 am – 6 pm
For more information: 740-592-1842
Address: 175 Columbus Road, Athens, OH

Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 am – 9 pm; Sun 12 noon – 5 pm
For more information: 740-592-4105





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