ODU Alumni Backpack Project Benefits Holy Spirit Catholic School

Alumni School Supplies Drive


Columbus, OHOhio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Alumni Association Council will collect school supplies to benefit students who attend Holy Spirit Catholic School in Columbus. The council’s annual school supplies drive will be held Aug. 1–29. 

Please drop off your donated school supplies at Guzman House, located off Sunbury Road north of ODU’s main campus, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Holy Spirit Catholic School requests the following supplies: 

  • Facial tissues 
  • Paper towels 
  • Stickers 
  • 24-pack of Crayola crayons 
  • Glue sticks 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Antibacterial wipes 
  • Index cards (3x5) 
  • 12-pack of Crayola colored pencils 
  • Copy paper 
  • Pencils (No. 2) 

To make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Ohio Dominican University and address them to: 

Attn: Ann Snider, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving 

Ohio Dominican University 

1216 Sunbury Road 

Columbus, OH 43219  

Once supplies are collected, members of the ODU community will put them into backpacks and deliver them to students at the beginning of the school year. 

“This project is a wonderful opportunity for the ODU community and our neighbors to come together and truly make a difference in the lives of students in our local schools,” Snider said. “Each and every item we collect shows a student that we support them, care about their academic success, and want them to achieve their goal of connecting their passion with a purpose.” 

This is the third year the council has sponsored a school supplies drive to benefit a local Catholic school or organization. In 2012, ODU collected enough supplies to fill 100 backpacks for All Saints Academy students. The inaugural drive also collected enough financial contributions to purchase a high-definition television for the school’s library. In 2013, ODU collected a year’s worth of school supplies for St. Stephen’s Community House as well as food to help fill the organization’s pantry. 

Holy Spirit Catholic School is a state-chartered Catholic elementary school of Holy Spirit Parish, under the auspices of the Diocese of Columbus Office of Catholic Schools. The school’s mission is to maximize student learning through the development of responsibility, reason and resilience. For more information on Holy Spirit Catholic School, click here. 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.