Two schools will win free supplies for every student


    Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI), a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides tens of thousands of deserving kids from low-income families with free school supplies to help them succeed in the classroom, recently announced the launch of this year’s “Win School Supplies for Every Student in a School” contest.

    Back 2 School Illinois holds the contest annually, in which the students of two Chicago schools win free school supplies. Each and every child at both of the winning schools receives their own B2SI kit, loaded with the core supplies they need for the year.

    Applications for 2017 must be postmarked by July 24th in order to qualify for the contest. 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 or member of a faculty, you can enter the contest on behalf of a school.

    The two winning Chicago schools will be selected over the summer and notified by August 7th. During the first week of classes this fall, the student bodies of both winning schools will be surprised by Back 2 School Illinois with the delivery of the free school supplies.

    While most students strive for success in the classroom, it can sometimes prove difficult when they don’t have the necessary school supplies. With B2SI’s annual contest, underserved Chicago students from the two winning schools are given the tools they need to thrive in the classroom. Providing these kits the first week of school lets the students know that they deserve a good education.

    “There are over 1.2 million students in Illinois living in low income households. Last year alone, B2SI provided more than 890,000 school supplies to these students,” says Back 2 School Illinois CEO, Matthew Kurtzman, “Continuing programs such as the yearly contest allows B2SI to provide nearly 1,000 students in the first week with the supplies to begin their school year motivated and prepared.”

    To date, almost 5 million school supplies have been given to in-need children to ensure their academic careers are on a path to success. However, B2SI works to provide students with more than just supplies. The tools given out provide students with a sense of ease and confidence as they walk into school. To learn more, visit

    For more information on the contest, visit

    About Back 2 School Illinois

    Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide educational opportunities that enrich the lives of Illinois children. B2SI operates the largest free school supplies program in the state, which serves to equip children of low-income households for success in the classroom while lessening the financial burden felt by their families. The Back 2 School program has provided over 157,000 children with their own school supply kits 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 offers two other programs, one providing college scholarships and a POWER UP! Boot Camp, teaching the importance of exercise and proper nutrition.

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