Build-a-Backpack Day 2013, presented ...

Build-a-Backpack Day 2013, presented by Supplies for Dreams

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Evanston, IL

#1 Aug 16, 2013
EVANSTON, IL – Supplies for Dreams and Flowers for Dreams are partnering up for the fourth annual Build-a-Backpack Day this upcoming Saturday, August 17 from 1-5 pm at the Norris Center on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The two Chicago-based organizations plan to bring community members from Evanston and Chicago together to put together over 4,000 backpacks complete with school materials for Chicago Public Schools students for this upcoming school year.
“We believe that equipping students with basic school supplies is the first step to a solution,” a representative from Supplies for Dreams posted.
The event will include live entertainment, free food, and various visitors from Supplies for Dreams team members and their CPS partner school teachers/parents over the course of the packing process.
More information via the press release:
“Build-a-Backpack Day is a community event to engage our neighbors, friends, and families in fun and meaningful service. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the 3rd largest public school system in America; however, a staggering proportion of CPS students–86%–come from low-income homes. Additionally, 45% of CPS students will not graduate from high school. Build-a-Backpack Day brings together members of the Evanston and Chicago communities to help these CPS students realize their own potential and achieve academic success.”
DATE: August 17, 2013
TIME: 1-5 pm
LOCATION: Louis Room, Norris Center, Northwestern University (1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL)
Learn more about the organizations:
Supplies for Dreams™ is a Chicago-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. We support over 5,000 CPS students with educational programming, including Award-a-Field Trip, Dream Drive, and Mentoring. Visit for more information.
Flowers for Dreams™ is a socially conscious floral delivery and floral catering service. Our flowers are sourced organically, grown sustainably, and hand-delivered locally for half the price of a traditional florist. For every bouquet, arrangement, or centerpiece sold, we commit to donating a backpack complete with school supplies to a local student in need. Visit for more information.

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