Believe it or not it is back to school time already and with back to school comes anxiety for many local children as they begin their school year unprepared with the items necessary to learn.  CIS of Northwest Michigan, in partnership with our local school districts, works to alleviate the stress for our students by asking community members to donate money or supplies through our annual Stuff the Bus Campaign.

School Districts Served by CIS:

*Mancelona Public Schools

*Kalkaska Public Schools

*Central Lake Public Schools

*Ellsworth Community School

*East Jordan Public Schools

How Can You Help:

– Drop off items at the CIS Main Office (205 Grove Street, Mancelona), Monday – Friday between 9 am and 3 pm.  Items are generally needed by the first week of September, however will be graciously accepted throughout the school year.  Donations may be designated to the school of your choice, if not they will be distributed as needed.

– Send a gift to the CIS Main Office (205 Grove Street, Mancelona, MI 49659) or give online to ensure that all needs can be met at each school.  Your general gift is tax deductible.

Donor/Sponsor Form 2023

The following is a list of some of the supplies needed most.

All donated materials must be safe for young children and use only non-toxic materials.

School Supplies:

Backpacks  *  Pencils/Pens  *  Sticky Notes  *  Highlighters  *  Expo Markers  *  Kid Scissors  *  Over the ear headphones  *  Pocket folders  *  Colored Pencils  *  Notebooks  *  Disinfecting wipes

Basic Needs:

Shampoo/Conditioner  *  Deodorant  *  Soap/Body wash  *  Kleenex

Underwear (all sizes)  *  Socks (all sizes)  *   Pants (all sizes)  *

Womens Leggings (size 2-xl)


Drop Off Donations:

CIS of Northwest Michigan (Mancelona Family Resource Center)

205 Grove Street

Mancelona, MI 49659

(231) 587-4367