Cradles to Crayons' 13th Annual Ready for School Backpack-A-Thon®

Friday, August 2, 2019, at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
1350 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

800+ Volunteers | 42,500 backpacks | Local media personalities | Box Lunch 

Thank You 2019 Backpack-A-Thon Supporters

This high-energy and high-impact event was presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, BrightSphere Investment Group, and TJX Companies Inc., on Friday, August 2. More than 800 volunteers came together to fill 42,500 backpacks in less than four hours. Backpacks were filled assembly-line style with all the new school supplies a child needs to be ready to learn on the first day of school!

After celebrating a day of successful teamwork, Backpack-A-Thoners sat back and enjoyed lunch while hearing about the incredible ways this annual event touches the lives of thousands of local children through our network of more than 144 Service Partners. Corporate partners are critical to the success of this program and we welcome the opportunity to work together on customizing a Ready for School partnership to meet company goals.

Browse through photos from the 2019 Backpack-A-Thon event on our Facebook page.

For more information on how your company can join our effort, please contact Robin Elliott at

13th Annual Backpack-A-Thon Supporters


Special Thanks to Our In-Kind Partners