Tools for School Program

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About the Tools for School program

CAC’s Tools for School program provides free backpacks and school supplies to local children. The program is open to school-age children of  families in need who live in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and the part of Doraville served by Dunwoody schools. It is necessary for families to live in this area to qualify for CAC programs.

This program provides around 1,000 students with new backpacks each year, filled with school supplies appropriate for grade requirements and customized for most elementary schools. These school supplies reduce the impact of financial emergencies on students and give them an even start at the beginning of the school year. Registration is required and supplies are limited.

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Important Information

To participate in the Tools for School program, families must be CAC clients, and must register for the program.

If you’re not a current CAC client, please read this information.

  • If using a cell phone to register, please turn it to landscape view.
  • Please submit only ONE application per family unless you have 7 or more children to register.
  • Once you have submitted your application, CAC will contact you to request documents, if needed.
  • Please ensure CAC has your current cell phone number, as this will be our main way of contacting you.
  • Clients accepted into the program will receive a text with dates and times for distribution of backpacks during the end of July.

CAC and Solidarity Sandy Springs are working together this summer season to provide school supplies to as many neighbors as possible. We request that you apply for assistance from either CAC or Solidarity, but not both organizations, to make sure that there are enough resources for everyone in need.


Required Documents


Government-issued picture ID, such as a driver’s license or passport (used for the purpose of verifying identity).

Proof of Current Address

Copy of current apartment lease, mortgage, utility bill, bank statetement, or any other official letter confirming your residency at your address.

Documentation for School-Aged Children

Birth certificates, passports, school enrollment forms, and/or custody papers (used for the purpose of verifying identity).

Proof of School Enrollment for the 2022-23 School Year

School ID card; recent grade report; letter/email to confirm receipt of free/reduced lunch; or a screen shot of Infinite Campus page of either the grade report or registration.

More information on how to obtain documents from Infinite Campus here:

If your child is starting school for the first time in 2023-24 academic year, then a registration letter from the school is required.

How to send documents to CAC:

    1. Take photo of document and send as .jpg or .pdf and attach it to an email. Please identify each document in the file name. (e.g. ID, lease, income).
    2. Please put your full name in the subject line and add ‘School Supplies’ so we know what the email is for. (e.g. James Williams School Supplies).

Email documents to:

Registration for the 2023 Tools for School program is FULL.


How to participate in the Tools for School program if you’re not a current CAC client

Please proceed to register for the Tools for School program. We will contact you to set up an appointment to become a CAC client. Once you have had your appointment and have become a CAC client, your Tools for School registration will be accepted. Do not email documents for the Tools for School program until you are a CAC client.