“Win School Supplies For An Entire School” Contest Winners

Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy and Washington Irving Elementary School Receive Back 2 School Kits

On September 8, students were surprised the first week of school when we showed up with school supplies for every student in the school. Thanks to a passionate and caring 8th grade teacher, Mari Mendoza-Ramirez, 1,000+ of our signature Back 2 School kits were distributed, one to each and every student in the school at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy.

The essay Ms. Mendoza-Ramirez wrote, as part of her application in our annual “Win School Supplies for and Entire School” contest, conveyed the dire need of the kids and the importance to the community to receive school supply kits with no other option. She said that normally many students show up to the first day of school with nothing. What was the secret to writing a captivating essay? Ramirez said she just “told it like it is” in the essay. Our Education Director, Dr. Christopher Palmi, was moved by her story and that he made the determination that the school should be one of this year’s contest winners.

Two separate assemblies were held for the student body who was addressed by Ms. Mendoza-Ramirez, Principal Ginger Hiltz, Assistant Principal Juan Lugo, Alderman George Cardenas and our very own B2SI CEO, Matthew Kurtzman. The joy and smiles on the kids’ faces that day reiterated why we do what we do.

The second contest winner was Washington Irving Elementary School, which was nominated by Sean Moody, devoted husband to 1st grade teacher Randi Foust. All 455 students at this school also received one of our Back 2 School kits.