Ways to help Baker Elementary School: Give to emergency fund or donate items to school-supply drive


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies. A fire on Sunday, March 19 caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in eastern Henrico County.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has announced the creation of the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. Donations can be made by going to a secure portal on the foundation’s website, henricofoundation.org.

For donations of school supplies and classroom materials, the Henrico County Council of PTAs is organizing a supply drive. Items can be dropped off at the main offices of the three schools where Baker students are temporarily assigned:

  • Mehfoud Elementary School, 8320 Buffin Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Road, Henrico, Va.
  • New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.

A list of needed items is below. For more information about donating school supplies, contact Cean Gilliland with Henrico County Public Schools at jcgillil@henrico.k12.va.us.

Funds and supplies will be used to provide the extensive materials Baker students, staff and faculty need to continue learning.

Baker Elementary School: Needed student supplies

  • Pocket folders
  • Loose notebook paper
  • Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Washable markers
  • Highlighters
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Composition books
  • Resealable zipper-style bags (sandwich and gallon sizes)

Baker Elementary School: Needed teacher and classroom supplies

  • Large pads of paper for classroom easels
  • Sticky notes
  • Vinyl folders
  • Small rugs for reading centers
  • Magnets
  • Desk organizers
  • Clear tape
  • Masking tape
  • Pens in various colors
  • Gift cards for additional supplies

Also welcome are treats for teachers, such as snacks, Keurig-style coffee pods and bottled water.

For further information or to coordinate delivery to Baker Elementary School temporary locations, contact Cean Gilliland, HCPS PTA liaison, at 804-652-3694 or by emailing jcgillil@henrico.k12.va.us.