School supplies

‘Win School Supplies for an Entire School’ Contest Launch

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Deadline to Apply: August 1

Do you have a Chicago-area school in mind that you would like to nominate to win school supplies for their ENTIRE student body? Our “Win School Supplies for an Entire School” contest launched on April 1 and is open for nominations. Every year, we choose two Chicago schools to win based on their nominations, which means that every child at the winning schools receives their own Back 2 School kit loaded with the core supplies they need to be successful. 

Anyone can nominate a Chicago school and there is no limit to how many times a school can be nominated. Whether you are a parent, community leader, concerned citizen, student member or faculty, you can nominate a school. 

The deadline to submit applications is August 1, 2019. Students will be surprised with their Back 2 School kits during the first week of fall 2019 classes. 

To download the application or apply directly online, please click here

Filling Kits, Filling Hearts This Holiday Season

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Countdown to Education

On November 1, we launched our second holiday fundraising campaign to increase the number of Back 2 School kits we distribute during the season of giving. The campaign, which will run through the end of the year was featured in an interview on Tasty Trade Chicago by CEO Matthew Kurtzman.

The holiday season has become a busier time of the year for the organization and our goal is to distribute 5,000 kits to 5,000 underserved children. 

One of the many benefits of giving out kits during this time of year is that parents who can’t afford Christmas gifts can use our kit as a gift to go under the tree.

With additional donations, Back 2 School Illinois hopes to add more kits to the end of year distributions. Donating $15 puts a signature Back 2 School kit in the hands of a child in need. Help us reach our goal of 5,000 kits and donate today: www.b2si.org/holiday

A little donation can make a big difference:

$15: Provides school supply kit to 1 Illinois student for the new year
$30: Provides school supply kits to 2 Illinois students for the new year
$75: Provides school supply kits to 5 Illinois students for the new year
$120: Provides school supply kits to 8 Illinois students for the new year
$300: Provides school supply kits to 20 Illinois students for the new year

Upcoming December distribution events include:

  • December 1 - Bartonville Air Wing, Peoria

  • December 2 - Camp Duncan YMCA, Ingleside 

  • December 8 - DCFS Holiday Party, Kroc Center 

  • December 9 – 183rd Wing, Springfield 

  • December 10 - Rock Island Holiday Party  

  • December (TBD) – YWCA Chicago

  • December (TBD) – Youth Hope Moline

  • December (TBD) – Youth Hope Rock Island

B2SI Hosts “Notes of Inspiration” Happy Hour at Sidetrack

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An Evening of Fun, While Doing Good

On Thursday, February 8, we held a “Notes of Inspiration” Happy Hour at Sidetrack (3349 N Halsted St, Chicago). The purpose of the night was to write notes of encouragement to be included in our signature Back 2 School kits.

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These notes are designed to let the children who receive our kits know that someone is out there rooting for them to succeed in school and in life. Sometimes all it takes is a simple, “You can do this!” or “This is going to be your year!” to get these children excited and eager to take on the school year. 

 

During the happy hour, people conversed over cocktails and snacks while writing note after note! There were laughs and selfies, and everyone enjoyed the time together! We featured a raffle drawing where we encouraged people to follow us on social media and use our hashtag, #b2si, when posting pictures to receive tickets. The prizes were from The Chicago Diner, Wood, and Starbucks.  We were so pleased with the success of the event and over 250 notes written, that we are going to schedule more “Notes of Inspiration” events, though out the year. So, if you couldn’t join us this time around, there will be plenty of opportunities later in the year, so stay tuned! 

Back 2 School Illinois Holds Its “BIG” Distribution & Activity Day Event

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14,000+ Kits Distributed and 300 Kids Enjoy a Fun-Filled Day of Cool Activities

On August 9, we held our annual “BIG” Distribution & Activity Day Event at the Broadway Armory Park. Over 100 volunteers showed up to help facilitate the day as 300 children (from the Carter Boys and Girls Club, Vietnamese Association of Illinois, and McGaw YMCA) rotated through a series of six activities and received signature school supply kits. The activities included aerobics and nutrition taught by our good friends at the Chicago Park District, fire safety courtesy of the Chicago Fire Department, arts & crafts hosted by Kits for Kidz, science & chemical experiments run by students from UIC,  and an exotic animals station.
 
We gave away 14,000 Back 2 School kits filled with more than 420,000 supplies to underserved Illinois students. The kits were brought in on four semi-trucks and then sent back out to more than 50 area YMCA’s.

We would like to say another thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to make the event run so flawlessly, as the event would not be possible without their help.