LATEST NEWSBUILD A KITPROGRAMS
“BIG” Distribution & Activities Event At Broadway Armory Park Best Ever
Third Time Is A Charm As Day Proves To Be A Winner
It became clear early on in the day that returning to the Broadway Armory Park as the host site of our biggest event of the year was the right move. With the support of the Chicago Park District staff, great volunteers and our community partners, the YMCA of Metro Chicago and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, it was our the best ever.
Morgan Park Boys & Girls Club Summer Celebration Ends With Kits
Youth From Struggling Area Receive Free School Supplies
We love it when our Back 2 School kits are treated as the highlight of a festive occasion just like the moment when a birthday cake lit with candles is brought into a room. The Morgan Park Boys & Girls Club located on Chicago’s far south side is one of the cities most economically challenged neighborhoods. The club put together a wonderful afternoon for the kids including a basketball tournament, family cookout, face painting, games and a water balloon fight. When it was all over, we were able to give each child one of our Back 2 School kits to help them get ready to go back to school in a couple of weeks.
Military Family Distributions Throughout The State Prove Rewarding
Operation Homefront Partnership Helps Us Help Those That Protect Our Country
All our community partnerships mean a great deal to us, especially the one with Operation Homefront. It allows us to distribute our kits outside the Chicagoland area and to help military families, many who not only suffer economic challenges but also have to deal with a unique set of challenges such as running a household with a parent overseas for an extended period of time. This year we visited 8 military sites including Bartonville, Springfield, Mount Vernon, Great Lakes, Milan, North Riverside, Mattoon and Belleville.
As Simple as ABC
Here’s an opportunity to Make A Difference and participate in Illinois largest
Back 2 School program by building school supply kits to distribute to children from low-income families. It makes for a great corporate team building event or fun activity for community groups and organizations.
• A. Select the Organization you want to receive the kits.
• B. Select the number and type of kits. There are four types of kits: Head Start/Pre-Kindergarden, Primary (Grades K-2) Elementary (Grades 3-6) and Junior/Senior High (Grades 7-12). Supplies are shipped in bulk along with cardboard kit boxes and plastic handles. Each kit holds approximately 30 supplies.
• C. Select the location where you want the supplies sent for assembly – your office, warehouse, retail location – or choose to assemble them on-site where they will be distributed such as a church, school or other community organization.
• Cost: Each kit costs $15.00 complete. A minimum order of 100 kits is required.
• For more complete information on the program Click Here or contact Joey McDonald.
Back 2 School Documentary
A year in the making, our documentary illustrates the plight of students not having school supplies and how it effects them along with their families as well as the burden it places on teachers. While the problem is a serious one, the film also shows how the Back 2 School program is working to fix the problem and how people can get involved and help.
Back 2 School Program
Our Back 2 School program, the state’s largest, provided over 28,000 children form low income families with 850,000 school supplies in 2014.
POWER UP! Boot Camp - A Healthy Minds/Healthy Bodies Program
Our new Power Up! Boot Camp teaches children about the importance of getting enough exercise and proper nutrition and how it impacts their performance both in and out of the classroom.
Back 2 School Program – Win School Supplies for an Entire School Contest
Win school supplies for each and every student of an elementary school. Be a hero by helping to provide one lucky school with a box of school supplies for every single student this fall.
College Scholarship Program
Each year we provide scholarships to deserving Illinois high school seniors so they can attend college. Recipients also receive complementary tickets to attend the Spring Back 2 School kickoff event. Our 2015 scholarships have already been awarded. For more information on our 2016 program including application guidelines and requirements, check back here in January of 2016.