Both Schools Are Recipients of our "Win School Supplies for an Entire School" Contest
Each year we host a contest and choose two Chicago schools to receive enough school supplies for their entire student body. Any parent, teacher, faculty, or concerned citizen is able to enter the Chicago school of their choice. This year our lucky winners are ACE Technical Charter School and Leslie Lewis School of Excellence.
On September 6th we visited ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Technical, located in the Washington Park neighborhood, to help host an assembly and hand out our signature supply kits. Principal Marvin Talley and bilingual Lead Teacher Ellen Crittendon, who applied ACE for the contest, both gave brief speeches about the importance of their charter school and what these supplies mean to them before introducing our CEO, Matthew Kurtzman. Speaking before a crowd of 100 students, Matthew explained the B2SI mission and how we hope to alter the landscape of Illinois education for the better. The students showed loads of gratitude for the supplies and we wished them the best of luck on the school year ahead.
On September 9th we made our second stop at Leslie Lewis School of Excellence, an AUSL charter school, located in the North Austin neighborhood. The secret Friday afternoon assembly at the end of the first week of school had the students anxious and intrigued. First we hosted the preschoolers through fourth graders. What this young group lacked in size, they made up for in noise and energy. Principal Aquabah Gooney introduced Back 2 School Illinois and even made Matthew an honorary Lewis Lion with a gift of the school’s football jersey. After this high energy group, we met with the fifth through eighth graders who kept the level of enthusiasm just as high. The students roared at the reveal of supplies for their entire school. Each student walked the stage and was handed a supply kit of their very own.
These events remind us why we do what we do. Each smiling face makes us realize the impact our programs have on the schoolchildren of Illinois.