BACK 2 SCHOOL “BIG” Distribution Event







On Thursday, August 8, Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) will host the organization’s largest school supply distribution event of the year at the Broadway Armory Park.  Over 10,000 Back 2 School kits, filled with more than 300,000 school supplies will be trucked in, sorted and given to representatives of more than 40 YMCA locations to disseminate to children in the Chicagoland area, ensuring these at-risk kids have the school supplies they need to begin the school year.

Additionally, 400 students (ages 6-12) from the Heartland Alliance, McGaw & Rauner Family YMCA’s, Camp of Dreams and Centro Romero will be on hand to participate in a series of activities, ranging from aerobics to interactive science experiments to arts & crafts and an exotic animal show – designed to excite, educate, inspire and prepare them to go back into the classroom.

Thursday, August 8th | 8:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.

  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Semi-trucks full of school supplies will arrive at the Broadway


    where volunteers will unload and sort the school supply kits.  Volunteers will also write

    “Notes of Inspiration” to go into each B2SI kit.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Volunteers begin assembling 1,000 of the kits, each containing

    approximately 30 school supplies that are age-appropriate for the recipient.

  • 11 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. 400 students ages 6-12 will take part in numerous interactive


    and demonstrations that seek to encourage, inspire and educate the children in a fun

    filled atmosphere

  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. School supply kit distribution to underserved Chicago students

  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm Trucks, vans, and buses will be loaded up with Back 2 School kits to

    be taken to YMCA’s and YMCA affiliate sites throughout Chicago and the suburbs

Broadway Park Armory | 5917 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

The Back 2 School program was launched in 2007 by the Community Currency Exchange Association of Illinois to address the pressing needs of communities and the inequities in educational opportunities for children. In 2015 the nonprofit changed its’ name to Back 2 School Illinois to reflect the work of the organization. Today, B2SI is the largest free school supplies program in the state, serving children of low-income households and lessening the financial burden for their families. The Back 2 School program has provided more than 225,000 children with their own school supply kit since its inception. The long-term goal is to provide the more than one million Illinois children from low-income families each year with the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom.

B2SI also provides college scholarships to deserving high school seniors each year.

In the summer of 2018, B2SI launched Back 2 School America, which is aimed at providing Back 2 School kits to children across the USA.