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Ready for Learning 

Providing 60,000 Backpacks for Chicagoland Kids

The Need

Families spend an average of $850 a year on back-to-school supplies—a 21% increase from last year. These essentials are both inaccessible and unaffordable for families already working hard to pay rent or put food on the table. 

The Initiative

Our Ready for Learning initiative presented by Discover provides 60,000 backpacks filled with learning supplies—free of charge. Our backpacks are distributed to 54 Service Partners including Chicago Public Schools, I Grow Chicago, and Youth Guidance just in time for school.

The Event

Our 2021 backpacking events at Riverwoods and Chatham engaged more than 300 volunteers, including IL Governor J.B. Pritzker. Check it out!


To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kevin Mork at kmork@cradlestocrayons.org