Family Services

Register for the Back to School Event by July 31, 2020

The Shoreline Back to School Consortium is excited to hold its 19th annual Back To School (BTS) Event to support a successful start to the school year for over 1,000 of our K-12 students!

Event Information: 
Where:    (NEW LOCATION) Meridian Park Elementary  (17077 Meridian Avenue N.)
When:    Saturday, August 22nd from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Who:    Students who attend Shoreline School District schools and students who live within Shoreline School District boundaries.
IMPORTANT: This year, parents and guardians are requested to send only one representative per family; please leave children at home.
What will be provided:    One family representative will be able to pick up a backpack, school supplies, hygiene items, socks, and underwear for each student in Pre-K - 12th grade. This year, we are sorry that we will not be able to hold the resource fair (including lunch) or provide haircuts.

Register for the BTS Event here, or call The WORKS information line at 206-393-4916 and leave a message.

To Support the BTS Event:
There are many ways to support in this event and our students:
1.      Donate Money: To make a financial donation, please click here and look for the “Donate Now” button.
2.      Donate Critical Items: This year’s most needed school supplies are: Large backpacks, composition notebooks, earbuds, pointed and blunt tip scissors, fine line color markers, and scientific calculators. A full list of items can be found here.
In July, donations of items can be made two ways:
·        On July 25th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, drop off at The WORKS (18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline)
·        Drop off anytime in July at the Center for Human Services (17018 15th Ave. NE, Shoreline)
·        Drop Box Locations: We hope to have other drop box locations beginning in July, depending on COVID-19 restrictions. Drop box sites include: The Dale Turner Family YMCA, Spartan Gym, Third Place Books, and all the Shoreline and LFP StarbucksLook for the boxes with the yellow school bus logo.
3.      Volunteer: Opportunities to volunteer prior to or on the day of the event will be posted on the Back to School Consortium website, or feel free to leave a message on The WORKS information line (206-393-4916).

Download the Volunteer Agreement Form

Goals for 2019-2020:
Our main goal is to maintain current service levels to the increasing number of families in need of extra help throughout the Shoreline School District along with:

  • Providing each child in grades 6-12 with a deodorant.
  • Providing family hygiene packs at the beginning of the school year.
  • Encouraging volunteers to participate on a regular basis to form a strong volunteer core to sustain The WORKS and its future. *Communicating with local PTA’s and the communities of Lake Forest Park and Shoreline to develop a greater partnership in caring for district families.

This fall, at the 2018 Back To School event held at the beginning of the school year, The WORKS provided items and services to 469 Shoreline School District families and over 1,100 district students were served.

How YOU Can Help

Private and corporate support allows us to meet families’ needs as they continue to grow. Donations of gently used clothing, new socks, underwear and hygiene products, and money support the families that we serve. Volunteers are needed to help on site and for special projects.

For more information on how you or your organization can help:

Email: Phone: 206-393-1473

The Shoreline PTA Council 6.12 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations may be tax deductible. Please talk with a tax professional.

The WORKS is located at Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
(closest crossroads NE 185th and 1st NE)

A Shoreline PTA Council Family Resource
Wednesday Evenings
6:30 to 8:00 pm

Yearly Allotment Per Child

15 Shirts
5 Sweatshirts/Sweaters 7 Pants/Jeans/Leggings 7 Shorts
6 Dresses/Skirts
1 Suit/Sport Coat
3 Pajamas
1 Hat
1 Mittens/Gloves
1 Scarf
1 Light Coat
1. 1 Winter Coat
2. 2 Pair Shoes
1297 Children Served in 2012-2013

When a child enters their classroom, their clothes tell their story: whether they love sports or music, whether they are wealthy or don’t have access to laundry facilities. Clothes reflect the person when you understand the culture you live in.

Clothes say you belong.

The Shoreline PTA Council partners with local PTA units in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park to provide clothing assistance to Shoreline School District families. PTA’s also provide funding and volunteers to coordinate local clothing donations, product drives and to volunteer at The WORKS on the school’s assigned nights.  These assigned dates will be broadcast in the PTSA weekly email blast.  Please contact the Communications chair if you would like to receive the weekly email blast ">here.

Shoreline School District families experiencing economic hardship have the opportunity to find clothes that tell the story that best reflects them at The WORKS. Children and teens can “shop” for gently used, stylish clothing and receive new underwear, socks and hygiene products.

Shorecrest and Shorewood students, Boy and Girl Scouts, and several other school groups have all earned community service hours by volunteering at The WORKS. We also encourage church and community groups to participate.

How to Donate and Volunteer

Donations of gently used clothing, new socks, underwear and hygiene products can be dropped off at The WORKS on any Wednesday evening (that school is in session) from 6:00 to 8:30pm. You can also contact your schools PTA family service chair.

If you are interested in volunteering at The WORKS, please contact Renee Lico at

The Shoreline PTA Council is part of the Back to School Consortium working together with the City of Shoreline, the Center for Human Services, HopeLink, YMCA, local rotary groups and many more to put on the annual “Shoreline Back to School Event”. During August, the Consortium provides backpacks, school supplies, underwear, socks, and hygiene products to Shoreline and Lake Forest Park families needing help to start the school year.

Upcoming Events

12:30 pm Back To School Event @ Meridian Park Elementary
Back To School Event @ Meridian Park Elementary
Aug 22 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
One representative per family. Backpack, school supplies, hygiene items., socks, and underwear available for each student in PreK-12th grade.