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Back-To-School Bashes and Free School Supplies in Lakeland + Polk County

Back to School Events Free School Supplies Lakeland Polk County FL

In just a few weeks the kiddos will kick off the new school year, complete with a new teacher, new classroom, and new school supplies.

While going back to school is exciting, thinking about back-to-school shopping might not be so exciting – school supplies can add up quickly! If you have more than one child, school shopping can quickly max out your school supply budget.

Wondering where you can get free school supplies? If you’re in Central Florida – Lakeland or Polk County, Florida – below you’ll find a list of events to get free school supplies near you. The supplies you’ll receive will vary, but often include new backpacks, pencils, rulers, calculators, glue sticks, markers, and more. Plus many of these events are fun Back to School Bash celebrations!

If you are in need of free school supplies, you can also check with your teacher or guidance counselor. Schools often have free back-to-school supplies available in limited quantities. Some of our community care centers and resource centers may also provide supplies directly to the community – visit our list of community resource centers and assistance programs to learn more.

If you’re buying school supplies on a budget, keep an eye out for sales. Publix offers many back to school items BOGO during July including highlighters, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, and more. Staples and Office Depot have penny deals, and I’ve seen some great deals on Amazon right before school begins.

Wondering where to get your school supply list? Most schools have them posted on their website, if you don’t see it try calling the school to ask for a list.

Don’t miss our full Back to School Guide including the 2024 – 2025 School Calendar, After School Programs, dates for Florida’s Tax-Free Shopping Week, and more.

2024 Back-To-School Bash Events + Free School Supplies Near You

We’re adding all the Back-to-School Bashes and Free School Supply events in Polk County to our calendar as we find out about them. All upcoming events are shown below. Click on the name of any event for more details.

1. Browse the list by Date – first you’ll see full Calendar of school supply giveaways listed by date, covering all of Polk County.
2. Browse the list by City – we’ve sorted the events by the cities in Polk County to help you find the Back to School events closest to you.

2024 School Supply Giveaway Locations Near You

Are you looking for free school supplies near you? Click the name of any city below to expand the list and see events in your city. {TIP – you can always filter our main calendar by city, event type, holiday, and venue/organizer using the small funnel icon at the top}